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T T h h e eB B a a y y B B e e a a c c o o n n The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 Police Blotter, page A-3 By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent Northwest Florida State College has approved a plan to grant incentive bonuses to college employees. The annual bonuses, which typically would range somewhere between $200 and $500, and are in addition to regular pay raises, will depend on an employees performance, as well as that of the college itself meeting certain goals. Bonuses would be granted to those who have performance evaluation scores of 3.5 or above, on a five-point scale in which a score of 3 means that an employee has met the minimum standards for their job, while a 5 would indicate the best one could possibly do. The governing board of the Niceville college approved the plan last month. In addition to a favorable evaluation of a given employee, the incentive compensation also depends on whether the college as a whole achieves key goals by the end of the current academic year, in May 2019, to include boosting enrollment 2 percent, increasing fall-tospring retention of first-time students from 76 percent to 77 percent, raising the number of students who receive a diploma or An estimated 5,000 people attended the local celebration of Oktoberfest, a traditional German celebration, Friday and Saturday in Bluewater Bay, sponsored by the MidBay Rotary Club. The festival included arts and crafts booths, a variety of food and drink, music, games, and other fun. Proceeds fund the club s charitable projects throughout the year. Pictured, Cub Scouts sold popcorn to raise funds for their organization. A variety of arts and crafts were displayed for purchase. A musician in German garb played traditional accordion music for people to listen and dance to. The Rotary Club operated a food tent, serving such traditional German fare as bratwurst (over 1,900 of them) and sauerkraut (at least 60 gallons). Rotary volunteers accepted donations for Shelter Box, which gives tents and camping equipment to people around the world who have lost homes to natural or man-made disasters. Activities for children included an inflated slide, a rock-climbing wall, and a bungee jump. Rotary Club women in traditional German costumes helped to serve food to Oktoberfest participants. People enjoyed eating, socializing, and listening to music in the festival s main tent. Teams competed to pull a North Bay fire truck farthest and fastest. Beacon photos by Mike GriffithCollege offers staff bonusesBy Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent Thirteen nonprofit organizations that provide various economic and social services in Niceville have asked city taxpayers to chip in $33,600. The Niceville City Council is considering the organizations requests for public funding to further their work. Eleven of the organizations making presentations to the council recently received city money last year. The two new organizations were Niceville High School, which wants $2,500 to improve a new rubber track at Niceville Stadium, and Niceville Strong, a Christian organization trying to combat drug abuse, suicide, and other issues among local youth. The city council deferred any action until later in the new fiscal year, which began Monday, and after city officials gain a clearer picture of expected expenses and revenue. The organizations seeking Thousands enjoy Oktoberfest Please see COLLEGE, page A-2 Please see CHARITY, page A-2 Groups seek city money50Wednesday, October 3, 2018 6 Pages, 1 Section, 5 Inserts By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent With the sudden resignation of Valparaiso Fire Chief Mark Norris, the city faces decisions about who will permanently succeed him, and what other changes, if any, should be made to make its fire department, how it operates, and how it is managed and led. In a Sept. 25 letter to Mayor Brent Smith, Norris wrote, I have decided to retire from my position as fire chief of the Valparaiso Volunteer Fire Department effective immediately. Following receipt of the letter, officials canceled a city commission personnel hearing concerning Norris. The hearing had been called in the wake of Smiths suspension of Norris as fire chief following complaints by firefighters about management of the department. It has been a rewarding experience these past 14 years serving the commission, the citizens, and business owners in the city of Valparaiso, Norris wrote in his resignation letter. I wish onlyValp. mulls changes following chiefs exit Please see FIRE, page A-2 A+ Painting Advanced Home Repair Affordable Climate Control Storage Ashley Home Store Bayou Book Co. Bayou Tree Service Benjamin Franklin Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Best Buy Carpet Carriage Hills Realty Century 21 Hill Minger Dermatology Surgery Center Diamond Works Dr. Amber Wiebe E & D Pressure Washing Eglin Federal Credit Union Emerald Coast Boat Club Geico Gulf Coast Dental Gulf Coast Hearing Center Immanuel Anglican Church L'Orange Auto Import Service Lighthouse Therapy Mattress Depot Niceville Hearing Center Niceville Insurance Agency Ollie's Bargain Outlet Ottesen Family Dentistry Patti Mixon Publix Purdy Painting Rhino Shield Ritz Salon Samuel M. Peek Simpler Carpet Smileology Spectrum Painting Summit II In Hair Twin Cities Transmission Winn Dixie Niceville pastor becomes U.S. citizenThe Rev. Hae-Yong Peter Sung of Niceville, center, became a naturalized U.S. citizen Sept. 21 during ceremonies in Pensacola, one of 76 new citizens from 43 nations. Sung, a Niceville resident for the past 17 years, joins his wife and four children as American citizens. He is vice president of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Korea of the Eastern Presbytery Hapdong in U.S.A. He is pictured here following the event with his wife, Cindy, and retired Okaloosa County Court Judge Patt Maney. Mark Norris Niceville High School Air Force Junior ROTC cadets Cole Pearson and Benjamin Kot show Edge Elementary School Safety Patrol fifth graders the proper way to raise and lower the American flag. The Safety Patrol is now responsible for those daily tasks at Edge.Broad stripes, bright stars Niceville High School seeks $2,500 to maintain its track.Beacon file photo


future success for the volunteers and part-time firefighters of the Valparaiso Volunteer Fire Department. I leave open the option to assist the city in any way possible during this time of transition, he added. When Smith suspended Norris with pay Sept. 19 because I have lost confidence in your ability to sufficiently guide the fire department in a time of need, the mayor named Niceville Fire Chief Tommy Mayville to the additional post of interim fire chief of Valparaiso. In May 2009 the city promoted Norris, a former Air Force firefighter then serving as the citys assistant fire chief, to the full-time post of chief. His retirement leaves the city facing decisions about the departments future. On Oct. 1, Smith told the Beacon that no decision had yet been made about how the city will choose a successor for Norris, but that he expects some sort of resume process will be used. The selection process may take some time, the mayor said. I dont expect much within the next couple of months. Smith said he is pleased with improvements already made by Mayville, under whose leadership safety issues are being handled quickly. City Commissioner Jay Denney, the citys fire commissioner, told the Beacon, We are conducting a full review of the current fire department organization and our future options throughout the next 30-45 days. Most specifically we are working to bring the station into full compliance with state guidelines to which this firehouse has some significant challenges. Chief Mayville has established a rapid compliance guideline and with assistance from fire departments at Eglin AFB, Ft. Walton Beach, Ocean City Wright, and most importantly great support from the City of Niceville. The North Bay Fire Department, said Denney, has also offered its support. We now have 24-hour coverage from professional firefighters, assisted by our volunteers, Denney said. Our primary concern is the safety of our citizens and property of Valparaiso. Norris could not be reached for comment. Valparaiso is the only city in the Beacon readership area that still relies mainly on volunteer firefighters for firefighting and emergency response. The departments of Niceville and North Bay, once largely reliant on volunteers, now are staffed by paid, full-time professionals. Denney said, however, that Valparaiso is not alone in its reliance on unpaid volunteers. Almost 20 departments in Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton counties are manned by volunteers who risk their lives to protect the people for no pay and no benefits, he said. City Commissioner Chris Wasdin, who previously served as fire commissioner, told the Beacon, I have a lot of respect for Chief Norris. He knows Valp and the citizens very well. He focused on safety and knew which citizens need special types of support in an emergency. As the only full-time firefighter, (Norris) was always trying to reconcile operations to the parttime workers and the less-expert volunteers, Wasdin said. Both groups frequently lobbied to get rid of the other. Neither group liked additional duties or paperwork. Everyone wants to drive the fire truck, but no one wants to sit through the training. Wasdin noted the role of Valparaisos Fire Department Board, an organization of volunteer firefighters. The volunteer portion of the fire department has dinner/business meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at 7, she said. Chad Lee, president of the board, said, There have been some heated arguments and flared tempers during meetings. That was because everyone cares so much about the fire department. Such arguments have ceased since Mayville has taken charge, Lee said. Chief Mayville has been doing a great job. He has addressed the safety issues we had before, and everyone is happy now. Weve gone back to being a family. Lee said Valparaisos volunteer force usually varies between about 15 and 20 firefighters, as people join and leave, and as some volunteers who are also military personnel come and go from deployments. He said the department also has nine paid, part-time firefighters who work in three-person shifts, often during weekday daytime hours when it is difficult for most volunteers to be available. Obtaining enough trained volunteers has become more difficult in recent years, Lee said, as the small citys population ages. Young people find it difficult to set aside time for training, station duties and emergency responses. Employers are less accepting than they used to be of people taking time off for volunteer firefighter duties, he said. Lee also said that state requirements to become a volunteer firefighter have grown more difficult to fulfill. Becoming a volunteer, he said, used to require only about 40 hours of training. Then, he said, the requirement was raised to 60 hours, and now it is 200 hours, plus supplemental training in such things as wildland burns and other special training, that can take a volunteer away from their regular jobs for up to four days at a time. He said the only monetary compensation volunteers receive is a small stipend to cover expenses, based on the number of calls they go on. Lee said he does not expect Valparaiso to switch to a full-time force of professional firefighters in the foreseeable future. Such a move would be very expensive, including the cost of pay, professional-level training, insurance, medical and other benefits. The city is not budgeted for that, he said. Lee also noted that Valparaiso is a small town, with far fewer fires and emergency calls than neighboring communities. In a busy month, he said, we might get as many as 30 calls. Niceville gets a couple hundred calls each month. Asked whether he would consider applying for the job of permanent fire chief in the wake of Norris retirement, Lee replied, Lord, no! Lee said that Valparaiso is seeking new volunteer firefighters. Applicants may visit the fire station at 431 Valparaiso Boulevard, or call the station at 850-729-5410 for information. He added that the department also has a youth program for teenage volunteers interested in doing non-hazardous supportive duties while learning about firefighting. FIREFrom page A-1 Gulf Coast DentalWe can help you smile again.Do you have gum or periodontal disease?There is now a FDA approved way to treat this chronic, debilitating disease.Dr. Steven G. RobinetteGraduate of the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry Practicing in NW Florida with more than 22 years of experience. 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Niceville, FL 32578 Email: HillMingerAgency@gmail.comWe Would Like to Welcome Amanda Pettis (850) 678-5161 Page A-2 Wednesday, October 3, 2018 THEBAYBEACON credential by 2 percent, and increasing A, B, or C grade attainment rates from 78 percent to 80 percent. Thus, for any employee to receive incentive compensation, both that individual and the college itself must perform well. COLLEGEFrom page A-1 city funding are as follows, with the sum requested this year followed by that granted last year: Niceville High School track maintenance: $2,500 ($0). Economic Development Council: $5,000 ($5,000). Chamber of Commerce: $6,000 ($6,000). Sharing & Caring: $5,000 ($5,000). Bridgeway Center: $1,100 ($1,100). Okaloosa-Walton Early Learning Coalition: $2,500 ($1,500). Shelter House: $1,500 ($1,500). Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra: $1,000 ($1,000). Childrens Advocacy Center: $3,000 ($3,000). Head Start: $1,500 ($1,500). Guardian Ad Litem: $1,500 ($1,500). Heritage Museum: $2,000 ($2,000). Niceville Strong: $1,000 ($0). CHARITYFrom page A-1 Grant WilliamsHAS, HIS, ACA AudioprosthologistExperience You Can TrustNiceville Hearing Center1001 College Blvd., W., Bldg. 2 Niceville, FL Twin Cities Medical Plazawww.NicevilleHearingCenter.comOFFICE: 850-678-3277 FAX: 850-678-3211 Email: Fit To Serve is a campaign dedicated to improving the hearing healthcare system for America s V eterans. Our goal is to ensure timely access to high quality hearing health care for all Veterans. We are committed to serving the Veterans who have served all of us. Therefore, why not save gas and time making those long drives to Pensacola for a hearing test. Call Niceville Hearing Center now for a complete audiometric hearing evaluation and product demonstration. Valparaiso garden club Valparaiso Garden Clubs program for October will be Care and Propagation of Camellias, presented by Joe Jenus, President of the Camellia Society of Greater Fort Walton Beach. Mr. Jenus will provide information that will be helpful in caring for camellias, identifying pests and their proper treatment and methods of propagation. The Valparaiso Garden Club will meet at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, October 10, at Trinity Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall located at 44 Southview Avenue in Valparaiso. Visitors and new members are welcome.CALENDAR More Calendar on, page A-4


ArrestsOn Sept. 14 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office arrested Seth Dominique McDonald, 22, of 417 Nathey Ave., Niceville, on a charge of battery causing bodily harm. The arrest was made on a warrant stemming from an incident in Niceville on June 17. * On Sept. 15 Niceville police arrested Veronica Tosha Giaquinto, 42, of 2263 Nina St., Navarre, on a charge of retail theft shoplifting. Also arrested was Joshua Stephen Davis, 27, same address, on a Houston County, Ala., warrant for failure to appear. Davis was with Giaquinto when Giaquinto was seen trying to take items valued at $101.96 from Walmart without paying for them. When police arrested Giaquinto, they also learned of the warrant for Davis. * On Sept. 17 Valparaiso police arrested Dhon Dhon Alcanta Sugui, 25, of 7 Fleet St., #7, Fort Walton Beach, on a charge of driving while license suspended, habitual offender. An officer made a traffic stop on a 2003 Toyota Camry for an expired tag, and during the stop a police database indicated that the driver, Sugui, has six prior drivers license suspensions or revocations. * On Sept. 22 Valparaiso police arrested Paul Rodney Gunnels, 32, of 5770 Transition Rd., Milton, on a charge of trespassing on property other than a structure or conveyance. Gunnels had been seen on the property of a residence from which he had previously been given a trespass warning. He told police that he had knocked on the door in an attempt to make contact with the homeowner, to retrieve some property that was left behind during his previous eviction from the property. * On Sept. 18 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office arrested Danny Pat Connell Jr., 52, of 106 Juniper St., #A, Niceville, on charges of stalking, and extortion or threats. The arrest was made on a warrant stemming from incidents in Niceville from June 14 through July 25. * On Sept. 18 Felicia Lee Price, 36, of 15 Sycamore Rd., Freeport, was booked into the Walton County jail on charges of battery touch or strike, and possessing a controlled substance without a prescription. * On Sept. 18 Valparaiso police stopped Lisa May Howes, 54, of 32 Maewin Avenue, Shalimar, for running a stop sign and speeding. During the traffic stop, police learned that Howes had a suspended license, with eight active suspensions. She was then arrested on a charge of knowingly driving with a suspended or revoked license. * On Sept. 19 Niceville police arrested Janet Rose Edenfield, 39, at large, on charges of trespassing a structure or conveyance, possessing a controlled substance without a prescription, and drug equipment possession and/or use. Also arrested was Jeffrey Lee Johnson, 49, of 1590 Black Creek Blvd., Freeport, on charges of trespassing a structure or conveyance and drug equipment possession and/or use. The two were found staying on a boat belonging to someone else, without the owners permission, moored off Bayshore Drive. A police dog did a free air sniff and gave a positive indication for the presence of drugs. A subsequent search revealed Johnson to have a syringe. He told police that he has diabetes, but a field test of the syringe gave a positive indication for fentanyl, not insulin. Edenfield was found with several syringes, as well as cyclobenzaprine, tramadol hydrochloride, and fentanyl. * On Sept. 20 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office arrested Heath Matthew Waldo, 45, a painting company employee, of 359 Sycamore Dr., Freeport, on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill, possession of a weapon or ammunition by a convicted Florida felon, grand theft of a motor vehicle, and robbery/carjacking with a firearm or weapon. Waldo hijacked a truck in Niceville by holding a gun to the head of the driver, who jumped out and ran for help. Waldo then drove the truck himself, and was later apprehended in Geneva, Ala. * On Sept. 22 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office arrested Tyler Leigh Andrews, 25, of 400 John Sims Pkwy., Niceville, on charges of probation violation; felony, possessing a controlled substance without a prescription, and drug equipment possession and/or use. * On Sept. 22 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office arrested Jeffrey Daniel Goodwin, 29, of 593 Hill Ln., Niceville, on a charge of failure to appear for a misdemeanor offense. * On Sept. 22 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office arrested Adam Michael Zuleger, 33, of 3902 Cardinal Ln., Valparaiso, on a charge of failure to appear for a misdemeanor offense. * On Sept. 23 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office arrested Joel Allen Okun, 32, of 140 Pine St., Niceville, on a charge of failure to appear for a misdemeanor offense.Criminal summonsOn Sept. 21 Niceville police issued a criminal summons to Stefany Lynn Saborio, 22, of 1126 Bayshore Dr., Niceville, on a charge of shoplifting. She had been seen taking items valued at a total of $7.43 from Walmart without paying.OtherOn Sept. 17 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office responded to an address on Choctawhatchee Drive regarding a fraud. * On Sept. 17 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office responded to an address on Mississippi Avenue regarding a report of battery. * On Sept. 18 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office responded to an address on Southminster Cr. regarding a report of battery. * On Sept. 18 Niceville police responded to an address on Biscayne Lane regarding a disturbance, in which some neighbors got into a dispute over one neighbor allegedly using his hose to push weeds into the others yard. * On Sept. 19 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office responded to an address on 27th St. regarding a narcotics misdemeanor. * On Sept. 20 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office responded to an address on College Boulevard regarding a vehicle burglary. * On Sept. 20 Niceville police received a report from someone who said that another person had opened a fake account using his information. * On Sept. 21 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office responded to an address on Merchants Way regarding a report of battery. * On Sept. 21 Niceville police responded to Tops Hamburgers regarding a report of some kids climbing on the building and pulling down the fire escape. The juveniles were caught and turned over to their parents. * On Sept. 21 Niceville police responded to an address on Niceville Avenue regarding a report of a suspicious person running through someones backyard. The suspect was gone when police arrived. * On Sept. 21 Niceville police received a report of an accidental firearm discharge. An airman accidentally shot his roommates dog in the head when he pulled the trigger of a pistol he had forgotten was loaded. The dog was dead when Niceville police arrived. The case was turned over to Air Force police. * On Sept. 22 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office responded to an address on Harding Road regarding a report of battery. * On Sept. 24, between 2 and 3a.m., Niceville police responded to the Coffee Shoppe regarding a report of suspicious activity, where they found three people dumpster diving, and told them to leave. * On Sept. 24 Niceville police responded to an address on Evans Road, regarding the theft of a knife, a checkbook, and some change from an unlocked pickup truck. 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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Post office hours Valparaiso Post Office and Eglin AFB Post Office announce the new lunch closure hours. The will be closed from 1 p.m.-2 p.m. to better serve the community and Eglin AFB. Citrus fundraiser It's time for the Niceville High School Eagle Pride's annual Florida Indian Grove Citrus Fundraiser. This effort will run throughout the month of October, with citrus delivery taking place on December 8. Find a band member, or check our Facebook page, to find information on how to get this amazing citrus, while supporting the Eagle Pride band. Movie Showing Come and watch the movie I Can Only Imagine (PG) with us on Friday, October 5. This movie was out in theaters in March 2018. Dessert begins at 5:30 p.m. Movie begins at 6:30 p.m. It all takes place in the Crosspoint, Niceville, 214 Partin Drive South. Fellowship Hall. This event is sponsored by the Crosspoint Celebrate Recovery ministry. Questions, contact Stephanie Case at Tailgate party Come join the Niceville High School Eagle Pride band at a pregame tailgate party, October 5, 4 6 p.m. The event is hosted by the wonderful supporters at People's National Bank on John Sims Pkwy. For only $5 you will get a burger/hot dog, chips, and a drink. There will also be an exciting silent auction, with benefits going to the Eagle Pride band members, as they prepares to perform in Washington D.C. this spring. Stop by for great food, great people, and a great cause. KoC spaghetti dinner Please join us for the Niceville Knights of Columbus Councils monthly spaghetti dinner on Saturday, Oct 6, 6 p.m. at Holy Name of Jesus, Parish Life Center, 1200 Valparaiso Blvd. This is a delicious meal of homemade spaghetti sauce, meatballs, or Italian sausage served over pasta. Garlic bread, coffee, tea or lemonade, salad and dessert are also served. This is a great family meal, all for only $6 for adults and $3 for children. All proceeds benefit community charities such as Niceville High School Scholarships, Niceville Catholic Outreach, Caring and Sharing, Sunland Disability Center and many more outstanding community charities. Poker run Join us Oct. 6 at 10 a.m. at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida for the Grand Prix De Val P Poker Fun Run. Pick up your hand at each of the five great locations: AJs on the Bayou, Clemenzas Uptown Station, McGuires Irish Pub, Porsche of Destin, and Bone fish Grill. Meet back at the museum by 2 p.m. and win fabulous prizes. Cost is $20 per car, or $25 day of event. Visit to buy your ticket today. Think pink & fight cancer Come join the fight. Everyone, men and women, invited to our annual Think Pink and Fight Cancer Awareness event. Learn to fight before, during and after cancer from inspiring speakers, followed by brunch. This year we will spotlight breast, ovarian, prostate cancer and wellness. First 100 will receive a goody bag and all may register for door prizes. Survivors and caregivers will be honored. Program will start at 9 a.m., doors open at 8:30 a.m. to enjoy sponsors and pampering. Registration not required and it is free to the public. October 6, 9-11 a.m., Rosemont Baptist Church, 1601 27th Street, Niceville. Any questions call 850-678-1611. Booksigning Local author and U.S. Air Force Academy graduate Aurelia Smith will be signing copies of her book Ministering to Military Women at Bayou Book Co. in Niceville beginning at 11 a.m. on Monday, October 8. Drawing on her background as an active duty Air Force Intelligence officer in the U.S. and abroad, Aurelia has a love for military members and their families. She has her master's degree in biblical counseling and is certified with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. Through her book she strives to provide practical help and direction to women through their turning to Christ and His Word for solutions to daily problems. For more information please phone Bayou Book Co. at 678-1593. TSA Pre-signups IdentoGO will roll its newly launched mobile TSA Pre signup RV at Century 21 Hill Minger Agency in Niceville Oct. 8-12. Hours are Monday-Thursday Oct. 8-11, 9 a.m.noon, and 1-5 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 12, 9 a.m.-noon. Enrolling in this program speeds travelers moving forward through airport security. Applicants must preenroll. 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Northwest Florida State College would like to recognize its summer semester 2018 graduates, including those graduating with honors. Local graduates earning Summa Cum Laude, Associate of Arts: Heather Coyro and Erick Spencer. Local graduates earning Magna Cum Laude, Associate of Arts: Christa Cloutier, Kirstyn Kissam, Jessica Ngaya, and Taylor Duncan. Associate in Science: Sarah Coleman and Kayla Greene Bachelor of Science: Jessica Ngaya. Local Graduates earning Cum Laude, Associate of Arts: Lindsay Currie, Bailey Deyong, Kimberly Lee and Brice Tingle and Jordan Eberhardt. Local graduates earning Highest Honors College Credit Certificate: Brian Gatewood and James Yacks. Local Graduates earning High Honors College Credit Certificate: Heather McGrael Graduates earning Honors Career Technical Certificate: Anthony Abel and Allison Williams. Local students who successfully completed the requirements for a Degree or Certificate, Associate of Arts: Jennifer Bilka, Rebekah Boniface, Nicole Brown, Lyndon Clifton, Alexandria Farstad, Tanya Gonzales, Hollie Gutshall, Nathan Herzig, Melodee Hicks, Keeli McBride, Benjamin Sholler and Takiya Wiggins. Bachelor of Applied Science: Nathan Campbell. Bachelor of Science: Kimberly Cary and Tessa Mayhew. College Credit Certificate: Anna Kirschling, Taylor Nelson and Paul Pete and Stephanie Drake. Career Technical Certificate: Devyn Wooley. Beacon ExpressOUR TOWNWednesday, October 3, 2018 Page A-5 Law Office ofSAMUEL M. PEEKThe hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. Before you decide, ask us to send you free written information about our qualifications and experience. Probate Wills Trusts Estate Planning Powers of Attorney Medical Directives 678-1178222 Government Avenue Niceville, FL 32578 Call today for a FREE Hearing ProfileJAMESW. DAMEHAS, BC-HIS COUPONS4400 Hwy. 20 E., Ste. 211, Bluewater Bay (850) 279-4545HIGH QUALITY LOW PRICES EXCEPTIONAL SERVICESIMPLY THE BESTAt Gulf Coast Hearing Center, we feel were the best in town because we offer: OUR NAME BRANDS: Oticon, Phonak, Signia MOST UP-TO-DATE DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY FRIENDLY, PROFESSIONAL SERVICE FAIR, AFFORDABLE PRICES 30 DAY TRIAL PRIVILEGE Expires: 10/31/18 Expires: 10/31/18 batteries$3 per packLimit 4by Varta NERA 2$2,00000All Models & SizesReg. $2,30000 Mid-Bay Plaza, Bluewater Bay897-4466Ritz SalonRitz Salon Find us on Get Your Pink StrandsNow thru October 31st!Call to Book Appointment Whos NewsE-mail items to Whos News The United Way of Okaloosa-Walton Annual Day of Caring volunteers helped the Children in Crisis Neighborhood get ready for fall. Thanks to the generous donations of time, talent and a lot of hard work, members of Reliance Test & Technology of Eglin AFB, CHELCO, and Wyndham Resort gave the CIC homes and grounds a "fall cleaning". This is the ninth year United Way volunteers have adopted CIC for their Day of Caring support.Day of Caring helps Children in Crisis Eglin Aero Modelers held their Annual Scale Fun-Fly recently. Eight pilots competed. Winners were from left to right. Craig Deyerle won Best Warbird, Phil Conner won Best Civilian Plane, Mike Rapuano won Pilots Choice.Aero Modelers hold Fun-Fly Organized and incorporated in 1983, this year the Twin Cities Woman s Club celebrates thirty-five years of active service in the Niceville-Valparaiso community. The Club was originally part of the GFWC Florida Federation of Women s Clubs but chose to leave the Federation in 2010 in order to devote more time and resources to local community charities. Over 700 ditty bags were donated to the Okaloosa Walton Mental Health Association by the Twin Cities Womans Club. Pictured are (L-R) Rhonda Davis, Diane Ballard, Annie Fair, Dale Fuqua, Sue Brown, Virginia Crisafulli, Virginia Peters, Brenda Brown, Glenda Hudkins, Lindey Chabot, Kissy Gordon, Gail Weaver, and Lillian Lewis.Womans Club celebrates 35 years Rocky Bayou Christian School s golf team defeated Ft Walton Beach High School in a 9 hole match, recently, at Regatta Bay Golf and Country Club. Houston Thackeray scored 39. Pictured: Daniel Roebuck (Freshman), Adam Mistretta (Senior) and Houston Thackeray (Senior).Knights defeat Fort Walton Deputy Sheriff, Lt Gary Venuti is the head of the Okaloosa County Sheriff Resource Officer Program (SRO). Okaloosa County's SRO program is the model for Florida and Florida is the model for the nation. Our program started in 1997. After Sandy Hook the county made a local decision to put an SRO in every school. After the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shootings many of Okaloosa's school safety practices became law. While other counties were scrambling to organize, train and fund to comply with the new law, we were already doing it.Resource officer speaks to Kiwanis The Twin Cities Hospital Auxiliary recently elected their new officers. Pictured from left are Sue Evans Recording Secretary, Barbara McDermott Corresponding Secretary, Patricia Willoz President, Caroleen Swanson 2nd Vice President, Bobbie Humphrey 1st Vice President. Not pictured, Wanda Stapleton Treasurer, Anna Welch Assistant Treasurer.Twin Cities Hospital elects new officers


There was little doubt that the Eagles were going to completely dominate last Friday night's game. It took Niceville less than three minutes to score their first touchdown and by halftime, the Eagles had a 35-0 lead. Jack White started at quarterback, and threw for three touchdowns and rushed for another two. Verran Betts scored Niceville's other touchdown. Pictured: The football team wasn't the only thing on fire Friday night. The Eagle Pride's majorettes brought out their fire batons to entertain the crowd at halftime. Next up for Niceville is the undefeated Mosley Dolphins. They come to town on Friday night to take on the Eagles at 7:00 p.m. Beacon photos by Paula MimsEagles shut out Vikings Since 1992, the voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso. ALL AROUND THE TOWN THEBAYBEACONPage A-6 Wednesday, October 3, 2018Mattress Depot is the ideal place to find the right mattress to give you a good night s sleep, or to find just the right furniture to give your home the look and comfort you desire. We are a truly locally-owned hometown furniture store, said Stan Skipper Sr., who owns and operates the store with his wife Karen, his son Stan Skipper Jr., daughter Olivia, and son Karl. They also employ a full sales and delivery staff. I grew up here, said Skipper. I have worked as a manufacturer s representative for mattress companies including Sealy, Serta, and other well-known brands, before becoming an independent representative dealing with many mattress and furniture manufacturers, before opening my own store here in the Niceville/Valparaiso area. One of Mattress Depot s best features is the wide variety of mattresses and furniture available. We have a 40,000 square foot showroom, said Skipper. That s more than an acre of furniture and mattresses for you to choose from. We carry all major mattress brands, such as Stearns and Foster, Sealy, and Tempur-Pedic, as well as our own private label. Furniture Brands available at Mattress Depot include Ashley, Catnapper, Klaussner, Benchcraft, and other well-known brands, including the Klaussner Trisha Yearwood furniture collection. You can choose furniture from many categories, said Skipper. We have bedding, reclining and stationery furniture, bedroom and dining suites, sleeper sofas, and other furnishings. We can help you do your whole house exactly the way you want it. We also offer a wide selection of outdoor furniture to help you prepare for your backyard gatherings throughout the year. The only thing Mattress Depot does not offer is appliances. Asked what advice he would offer someone searching for just the right mattress, Skipper replied, Look for a mattress that provides comfort, with good support. A mattress that is too firm may prove to be uncomfortable to lie on for hours at a time, making it difficult for you to get an uninterrupted night s sleep. One example of a comfortable mattress, he said, is a new TempurPedic model made of special pressure-relieving material, which means less tossing and turning throughout the night. Don t wait too long to replace an old mattress, Skipper said. Mattresses wear out gradually, and you may not notice how uncomfortable yours has actually become, until it really becomes a problem. Most mattresses should be replaced every 8 to 10 years. People often take great care in selecting just the right furniture to put in parts of their home that will be seen by others, while neglecting to select a high-quality mattress. Your mattress is really the most important piece of furniture in your house. After all, you will spend about one third of your life sleeping on it. Another item that is growing in popularity, Skipper said, is the adjustable bed. Formerly regarded as something only for the sick or elderly, adjustable beds have now become a big part of a comfortable modern lifestyle. Such beds enable people to watch TV, read, play video games, or do other things shortly before going to sleep or shortly after waking up. Modern beds also provide such features as massage, USB ports, and lighting systems. We have more than 80 models to choose from, said Skipper. Mattress Depot is located at 597 N. John Sims Parkway, near the intersection with Government Drive. Visit the store or call 6787800 for a personal appointment. Come visit Mattress Depot, said Skipper, and let us show you just how beautiful and comfortable your home can become.Advertising Feature Three generations invite you to shop their 40,000 Sq. Ft. Showroom. Pictured: Stan Skipper, Jr. (grandson), Charlotte Skipper (mother/grandmother), and Stan Skipper, Sr. (son) at 597 N. John Sims Parkway.Mattress Depot/Skippers FurnitureYour hometown furniture store & GENERAL REPAIRBrakes Water PumpsTiming Belts Struts/Shocks Expert, Certified Techs Detailed Estimates(850)729-6629 Quality Parts Friendly Service Call Today!678-1977 We would like to welcome Victoria to our team! 101 John Sims Pkwy., Niceville Tues-Fri 9-6 Sat 8-2 Evening Appointments Upon Request RedKen Color & Products Kenra Haircare ProductsFULLSERVICEHAIRfor ladies & men Monday Sept. 24 saw the Niceville volleyball team celebrate seven seniors who will soon put the high school chapter of their volleyball lives behind them. Four of the seniors have already committed to play volleyball in college. During the match, the Eagles faced Pensacola Catholic and came away with the win in four sets, 25-13, 25-12, 2125, and 25-17. Inset: Niceville's front row celebrates a block. Niceville's last two home matches will be against McGill-Toolen (Mobile, AL) on October 4 (5:30) and Chiles (Tallahassee) on October 10 (5:00).Beacon photos by Paula MimsLady Eagles celebrate senior night Last Wednesday, Destin and Ruckel faced off on the volleyball court and the Rams emerged with a straight set win. Destin tried to hold off the Rams' potent offense, but Ruckel emerged with their 14th win of the season defeating the Rams 25-15 and 25-16. Pictured: Head coach Andy Faulkner confers with his team during a time out in the second set. Keelan Dubay with a tip at the net in the first set. The last regular season home match for Ruckel will be on Monday, October 8 (JV 4:00, Varsity 5:00). 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