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Title: The Bay beacon
Portion of title: Beacon
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Bayou Enterprises
Place of Publication: Niceville, Fla
Publication Date: 07-27-2011
Frequency: weekly
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Spatial Coverage: United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Niceville
United States of America -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Valparaiso
Dates or Sequential Designation: Began Apr. 22, 1992.
General Note: Description based on: May 11, 1994.
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By Mike GriffithBeacon Correspondent The Niceville City Council Thursday gave tentative approval to a property tax millage rate of 3.65, the same as the current rate. Council members also said, however, that by setting the rate at 3.65 initially, they retain the option of lowering it during later public hearings before the rate becomes final for the 2011-12 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. At a millage rate of 3.65, Niceville property owners pay $3.65 in property tax for every $1,000 of appraised, taxable value of their property within the city, after homestead exemptions and other discounts are applied. For example, the owner of a home appraised at $200,000 taxable value would pay $730 in property By Del LessardBeacon Staff Writer Valparaiso city commissioners have tentatively agreed to fund additional hours for part-time paid firefighters and added two part-time workers to the library so it can begin service on Saturdays. At their final budget workshop July 18, city commissioners also agreed to dip into the citys reserve funds to the tune of about $92,000 next fiscal year to avoid raising the ad valorem property tax rate by an additional half mill. Commissioners set the tentative millage rate for the upcoming fiscal year at the rolled-back rate, the property tax rate that will generate the same number of dollars in property tax revenue as the current city budget. On the other hand, Valparaiso cable customers are facing a $2 per month rate hike on their monthly cable television bill and a $1.25 per month increase for Internet service. City workers can look forward to a 2 percent cost-of-living increase, under the tentative budget hammered out by commissioners at the workshop. The tentative budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1 includes nearly $40,000 in additional funding to allow the citys volunteer fire department to extend its use of paid part-time firefighters from eight hours a day, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, to 12 hours a day, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., over the same five-day work week. Fire Chief Mark Norris said that most of the citys volunteer firefighters work during the week, some in Navarre or Destin, others for 12-hour shifts during the day. That makes it difficult for volunteer firefighters to respond in a timely fashion to emergencies such as medical calls, accidents or fires that occur between 4:30 and 8 p.m., he said. The city began responding to medical calls in the 2005-2006 time frame, when the fire department had a full-time chief and assistant chief who were both qualified Emergency Medical Technicians. Previously only county EMS ambulances responded to medical emergencies in Valparaiso. Todays volunteer firefighters are also trained as EMTs, Norris said. Medical calls typically make up the majority of emergency responses by firefighters. During the month of June, for example, Valparaiso firefighters responded to 21 emergency calls including five fire-related calls, 12 medicals, one motor vehicle accident, two assaults and one unknown problem. The problem of volunteers availability during workweek daytime hours already led the city to hire three part-time firefighters from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., allowing a minimum of four firefighters, including the fire chief, to respond to a fire during the daytime work week. Extending the hours of the three part-time firefighters to cover that evening Valp. to add firefighters hoursSets millage rate at rolled-back 4.0644By Del LessardBeacon Staff Writer Niceville voters filled one of two seats on the city council during balloting last week but will need to vote again in a runoff election next Tuesday to fill the remaining open seat. Nicevilles newest city councilman, Heath Rominger, was sworn in to office July 19 after besting four-term incumbent councilwoman Judy Boudreaux in the citys July 19 municipal election. Also sworn in during a brief ceremony following ballot counting was Mayor Randall Wise and City Councilman William Thomas, both incumbents who ran unopposed for reelection. Rominger, 40, bested incumbent Judy Boudreaux for the Group 5 seat by a vote of 511 to 428. I plan to continue to be here for my city, said Boudreaux, adding that in the future Id be very willing to serve. She said she plans to remain active with the Chamber of Commerce and the July Fourth fireworks committee. I love this city and I consider it home. Also on the ballot last week was the Group 3 Niceville City Council seat By Mike GriffithBeacon Correspondent The hurricane shelter at Northwest Florida State College is now pet friendly, according to an agreement recently completed by the college board of trustees and Okaloosa County public safety officials. According to a recent press release from the college, following the July 20 meeting of the trustees, Up to 250 pets such as domesticated dogs and cats will have a place to shelter in case of a hurricane under a new agreement between Northwest Florida State College and Okaloosa County for a classroom building on the Niceville campus to be used as a pet friendly shelter. The governing board of trustees at NWFSC approved a memorandum of agreement with the county at the boards July 20 business meeting, which provides for Okaloosa County Emergency Management to operate a pet shelter on the colleges Niceville campus with Okaloosa County Animal Control oversight of shelter operations. The colleges Niceville campus is also home to the countys newest emergency shelter for the publicas the colleges recently opened basketball arena was built to serve double duty as a public emergency shelter, able to withstand 190 mile per hour winds. The pet shelter agreement calls for the county to cover classroom space with plastic sheeting, construct a temporary dog run, and provide training for shelter staff, as well as animal kennels, animal food, water and American Humane Society oversight of shelter operations. This idea originally started with NWFSC faculty member Jack Gill who brought the need for a pet shelter to our attention, said Ty Handy, NWFSC president. Jack made the T T h h e e B B a a y y B B e e a a c c o o n n Wednesday, July 27, 2011 The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 199250Saturday, 6 p.m. Lookout! an original musical comedy for the whole family, will be performed by Okaloosa County students at the Fort Walton Beach Civic Auditorium. Tickets are $6.50 and available at Bayou Book Company in Niceville. Monday, 5:30 p.m. The Silver Sands Republican Women Federated will hold its monthly meeting at the Bluewater Bay Clubhouse. The speaker will be Paul Lux, supervisor of elections for Okaloosa County. RSVP: Libby Hill, Tuesday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. The Niceville City Council runoff election between Debbie Lewis and William Bill Schaetzlewill be held at the Niceville City Council Chambers Calendar, B-4. COMING UP12 Pages, 2 Sections, 2 Inserts Please see HOURS, page A-2 Please see NICEVILLE, page A-3 Please see VOTERS, page A-5 Voters oust incumbent; runoff setStorm shelter now pet friendlyThe voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 Beacon photo by Mike GriffithHigh fiveDuring his birthday party Saturday afternoon at Lincoln Park, Niceville resident Aiden Blow proudly held up the candle from his birthday cake for all to see. He wanted the world to know that he had just turned 5 years old. Beacon photo by Del Lessard With his 13-foot cast net, Greg McClure, 25, of Niceville, had his eye on Boggy Bayous most famous denizens, mullet, Friday at Valparaisos T-Pier.Casting a wide net Niceville eyes unchanged tax ratePublic hearings to determine final levy slated Please see SHELTER, page A-5 Heath Rominger Judy Boudreaux


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SEE STORE FOR MORE GREAT BARGAINS!!!BOUNTY BASICPAPER TOWELS$4.958 REG ROLLCHARMIN BASICBATH TISSUE$4.9512 CT PKG 48 OZ. BTL. EVERYDAY LOW PRICE Plus 10% Added at Register EVERYDAY LOW PRICE Plus 10% Added at Register EVERYDAY LOW PRICE Plus 10% Added at Register period, plus the fire chief, will allow the volunteer fire department to send a minimum of four people to weekday evening fires, he said. Commissioners also included $10,000 in the proposed budget to pay two part-time employees for working at the library on Saturdays. Currently the Valparaiso library is only open Monday-Friday. The citys police department will get a new patrol car under its annual rotation plan but city commissioners left one full-time police officer slot unfunded next year. While there will be no rate hikes for water and sewer, sanitation and stormwater customers next year, cable television customers can expect a $2 a month increase and Internet customers a $1.25 monthly increase. Commissioners reviewed a general fund budget that totaled $3.1 million, about $251,000 more than expected revenues. With state sales tax and revenue sharing revenues projected to be about $70,000 less than the current fiscal year revenues, the draft budget was based on raising the citys property tax millage rate to 4.6 mills, from the current 3.933 millage rate. After cutting several proposed expenditures from next years budget, commissioners decided they would set next years millage rate at the rolled-back rate of 4.0644 mills. Thats the rate that will generate the same amount of property revenue as the current budget, about $698,000. To generate enough revenue to fund the tentative budget, commissioners agreed they would dip into the citys reserve funds to make up the difference of about $90,000. Commissioners set two public hearing dates to finalize both the budget and the ad valorem millage rate: Sept. 6 and Sept. 19, both at 6 p.m. in the city commission chambers. HOURSFrom page A-1Bridge traffic, revenue upBy Del LessardBeacon Staff Writer Traffic is looking up, said Jim Vest, executive director of the Mid-Bay Bridge Authority. June traffic over the Mid-Bay Bridge was up 2 percent and revenue up 5 percent, compared to June a year ago, Vest told board members at the MBBAs monthly meeting in Niceville Thursday. The average unaudited daily traffic last month was 21,239 vehicles, compared to 20,875 in June a year ago, according to a report released by the bridge authority. Revenue last month was $1,615,640, compared to $1,539,005 in June last year. Reflecting, perhaps a healthier tourist season compared to last years BP oil spill-marred summer, a higher percentage of last months bridge travelers paid in cash, 40.0 percent, compared to 36.4 percent of toll payers in June 2010. June is the first month the MBBA has been able to compare apples to apples, Vest said. On June 1, 2010, the MBBA raised the toll over the 3.6-mile bridge between Niceville and Destin by 50 cents, upping the cash toll to $3 and Sunpass prepaid tolls to $2. For the past 12 months, traffic and toll year-to-date comparisons were skewed because of the different toll rates. And so far, July figures may be even better, Vest said, with traffic figures reaching about 29,000 per day on the Saturdays of the first two weekends in July, with about 27,000 on the Saturday of the third weekend. Saturday typically sees the most rental condo turnovers, meaning last weeks guests are heading home north over the bridge while new vacationers are streaming south toward Destin and the beaches Nonetheless, traffic and revenue figures remain well below similar figures which peaked in 2006 and declined each subsequent fiscal year over the next four years. MBBA Chairman Gordon Fornell suggested that the MBBA look at additional permanent signage on Highway 20 directing tourist to the bypass road intersection east of Seminole. Not all motorists read the large electronic signs that direct them to avoid turning on White Point Road, he said. Three Highway 293 trailblazer signs with arrows directing motorists to the bridge have been added, Vest said.2nd bridge road link to open Aug. 12By Del LessardBeacon Staff Writer Construction manager James Van Steenburg updated Mid-Bay Bridge Authority members on the progress of the 11-mile, MBBA connector bypass road Thursday. Phase 2, a 2.8-mile segment of the bypass from the toll plaza of the bridge to Range Road should be opened to traffic Aug. 12, he said. On May 12 the first 1.5 miles of the Phase 1 connector road opened to traffic between the toll plaza and Highway 20, while the former bridge access via White Point Road was blocked. Widening of Highway 20 to four lanes from White Point Road to the bypass interchange was substantially completed July 8, he said. Also under way is resurfacing of Range Road between Highway 20 and the connector road intersection, Van Steenburg said. Included in the Range Road improvements is construction of 5-foot-wide, paved shoulders along either side of Range Road and a segment of sidewalk extending south from Bluewater Elementary to the entrance of Merchants Walk. Roadbed earth-moving work, drainage pond excavation and bridge piling activity at several creek and highway crossings is under way on Phases 2 and 3 of the bypass road, Van Steenburg said. Piling work for bridges at Rocky Creek and Swift Creek have begun, he said, while a temporary bridge is being constructed at Rocky Creek. Pilings for an overpass across Highway 285 are also complete, Van Steenburg said, while the pilings and cap wall are in place for the overpass at Range Road, the starting point for Phase 2. Phase 3 construction is still on track for completion by Jan. 8, 2014, he said. Beacon photo by Del Lessard Cap walls are already in place for the MBBA connector road overpass at Range Road. The connector road is expected to be open to Range Road Aug. 12. The Range Road overpass is also the beginning of Phase 2 of the 11-mile bypass which will connect to Highway 85 in Niceville in 2014.


tax tothe city, in addition to any other county, state, or federal taxes owed. Following Thursdays meeting, Niceville City Clerk Dan Doucet told the Beacon that before the new tax rate, along with the citys FY 2011-12 budget, becomes final, it will again be discussed at council hearings scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 15, 20 and 22, and may also be discussed during a regular city council meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 13. Also during their July 21 meeting, the city council approved the first of three readings of proposed city ordinances to refinance city bonds. At a previous council meeting, financial consultant Bill McCartney of the Baskerville-Donovan consulting firm advised the city council to refinance the citys capital improvement bonds, since current interest rates are at historic lows. When in my lifetime have interest rates ever been this low? said Councilman Bill Smith on Thursday. Not in my lifetime. During the July 21 meeting, City Attorney Dixie Powell and City Manager Lannie Corbin said refinancing the bonds will reduce what the city must pay in debt service, or in the case of those bonds to be repaid with funds from the citys sales tax, to possibly issue additional bonds to finance additional capital improvements, without increasing current payments. Powell told the council that if the sales tax-funded bonds are increased, they must not exceed 1.35 times the current loan amount, for a total of $1.1 million. The city also has bonds financed by the citys gas tax, totaling $1.55 million, which cannot be increased, Powell said. If refinanced, said Corbin, the bonds will be paid off by the end of 2018. Second and third readings of the ordinances to refinance the bonds must be approved in special meetings scheduled for 6 p.m. Aug. 4, and at 7 p.m. Aug. 9, said Doucet. The current interest rate on the citys bonds, he said, is 3.75, and the city hopes to obtain new rates somewhere between 2.5 percent and the current rate, although the exact rate to be obtained may vary as bond markets fluctuate. Thursdays meeting was the first full meeting for newly elected city councilman Heath Rominger, who defeated incumbent Judy Boudreaux during the citys recent election. Rominger, a lieutenant in the Navy Reserve and a local businessman, told the Beacon following the meeting, Im glad to be here. Rominger, who was sworn in during a previous council meeting on Tuesday, July 19, said he now intends to dive in with the citys issues and anything else that pops up. He said he does not plan to push for any big changes in city government, and that the city already has a great team in place. He said he hopes to apply his military and business experience to city government. As for why he chose to run for local office, Rominger said, Everyone wants to work for a successful business, and that he considers the Niceville city government to be such an enterprise. Prior to being elected to the city council, Rominger had been among the leaders of opposition to a proposed zoning change that would have permitted a new commercial facility to be built in Romingers residential neighborhood. Boudreaux had supported the zoning change. Rominger said his role in the recent zoning dispute was an example of democracy in action. I was excited to win that, he said, adding that a couple of council members had not been listening to city residents. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Wednesday, July 27, 2011 Page A-3 THEBAYBEACON 1170 John Sims Pkwy. 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The budget is partly funded by local property taxes, with the rest coming from state taxes and other sources, such as grants. At a millage rate of 7.769, property owners within Okaloosa County would pay $7.769 for every $1,000 of appraised, taxable value of their property, after homestead exemptions and other deductions. For example, the owner of a home appraised at $200,000 taxable value would pay $1,553, in addition to other taxes paid to Okaloosa County and other local taxing authorities. The fiscal year for the school district began July 1. The total millage rate to be levied is 1.14 percent less than the roll-back rate, the rate at which the same amount of property tax revenue would be generated as during the previous year, according to a statement accompanying the resolution to set the millage rate. The school districts property taxes and millage rate come in three parts. 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ArrestsKitikorn Kalmongnoi, 40, of 105 Linda Court, Niceville, was arrested by sheriffs deputies July 10 on a Walton County warrant on the original charge of worthless checks, four counts. * Shain ODey Morgan, 32, of 106 Dominica Way, Niceville, was arrested by sheriffs deputies July 8 on a charge of violation of probation on the original charges of burglary, theft of a firearm and dealing in stolen property. * Alexandria Grace Farstad, 19, with an at-large Niceville address, was arrested by sheriffs deputies July 6 on a violation of probation charge. * Jason Wayne Daniels, a store stocker, 22, of 304 Reeves St., Lot G-10, Niceville, and Eillen Margaret Hogan, a store stocker, 33, of the same address, were arrested by sheriffs deputies July 8 each charged with Workers Compensation fraud, a 3rd degree felony, less than $20,000. On May 14, while employed as a night stocker at Walmart, 1300 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, Daniels is alleged to have faked a fall on a wet spot. Hogan, a coworker, allegedly claimed to have witnessed the slip and fall by Daniels. Walmart spent $1,717 on workers compensation medical costs. The alleged faked fall was recorded on a surveillance video. * Catharina Maria Barrentine, 22, of 610 Crestview Ave., Niceville, was arrested by sheriffs deputies June 25 on a violation of probation charge on the original misdemeanor offense of possession of drug paraphernalia. * Adriana Dolly Dean, a motel employee, 25, of 315 23rd St., Niceville, was arrested by sheriffs deputies July 13 on an Escambia County warrant for a violation of probation charge. * Beverly Hannah Bryant, 22, of 1437 Cat-Mar Road, Niceville, was arrested by sheriffs deputies July 19 for violation of probation on the original charges of uttering a forged instrument, possession/distribution of chemicals to manufacture, possession of controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. * Troy Evan Hockaday, unemployed, 25, of 106 Beverly Drive, Niceville, was arrested by sheriffs deputies July 19 on a charge of failure to appear on the original charge of no valid drivers license. * John Fountain Williams, 50, of 4216 Cougar Circle, Niceville, was arrested by sheriffs deputies July 16 on charges of domestic violence battery, two counts, and aggravated assault, domestic violence, one count. * Douglas Matthew Casciegna, a lube tech, 32, of 209 Honeysuckle Way, Niceville, was arrested by Valparaiso police July 8 on a charge of battery by strangulation, domestic violence. * Mark Wade Triplett, unemployed, 29, of 203 Minger St., Apt. 2, Niceville, was arrested by Valparaiso police July 13 on a charge of theft. Triplett allegedly drove away from a Valparaiso convenience store, 159 S. John Sims Parkway, without paying for $57 worth of gas. * Robert Cole Fuller, a cook, 28, of 1032 Christy Lane, Niceville, was arrested by Valparaiso police July 15 on a charge of petit retail theft. Fuller allegedly took a 12pack of beer from a Valparaiso convenience store, 159 S. John Sims Parkway, without paying. * Adrian Rey Peralta, 30, of 1101 Hickory Ave., Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police July 16 on charges of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of listed chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine. During first a consensual search of Peraltas residence and subsequent execution of a search warrant police found three canisters of Coleman fuel, a pill grinder containing a white powder residue believed to be ephedrine, numerous coffee filters containing white powder residue believed to be methamphetamine, lithium batteries, numerous syringes, cut straws, aluminum foil with burn marks, razor blade, rolling papers, digital scale, numerous small jewelers bags, loaded syringes containing suspected liquid methamphetamine, a Mason jar with a coffee filter shoved around the rim and Red Devil lye. * William Allen Littleton, 27, of 401 King Street, Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police July 9 on charges of burglary, petit theft and criminal mischief. A drop of blood found in a vehicle burglarized in October 2009 was matched by DNA analysis to Littleton. In March 2010 Littleton admitted being in the vehicle but told police he was too intoxicated to remember much. * Johnathan Ronald Hoover, 23, of 208 Casper Drive, Fort Walton Beach, was arrested by Niceville police July 15 on charges of possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license suspended or revoked. * Joshua Aaron McDowell, 28, of 304 Reeves St., Lot C-3, Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police July 13 on a charge of disorderly intoxication. * Gail Tolbert Poland, unemployed, 40, of 590 Hill Lane, Apt. 6, Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police July 17 on charges of knowingly driving while license suspended or revoked, habitual offender, and possession of drug paraphernalia. * Joshua Heath Gentry, 26, of 126 Duke Drive, Niceville, was arrested by Niceville police July 13 on a charge of possession of cocaine. Police found nine pieces of crack cocaine on the passenger side seat where Gentry was sitting following a traffic stop for an extinguished tail light. The driver, who continued driving three blocks after police activated emergency lights and siren, allegedly told police that Gentry told her to 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 sheriffs offices, other law-enforcement agencies, and the Okaloosa County and Walton County jails. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page A-4 Wednesday, July 27, 2011 THEBAYBEACON The Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls from July 18, 2011, through July 24, 2011. 0 Structure Fire19 Emergency Medical Calls 0 Vehicle Fire3 Vehicle Crash 0 Other Fire0 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 1 Illegal Burn3 Other Emergency Calls 0 False Alarms0 Hazardous Conditions Location Situation Date Time Kelly Road.............................Medical.............................................07/19/11.............02:33 Valparaiso Blvd......................Medical ...........................................07/19/11.............06:43 Osprey Cove/BWB................Canceled.........................................07/19/11.............06:56 Darlington Oak Drive.............Medical.............................................07/19/11.............07:43 N. Partin/John Sims..............Vehicle crash...................................07/19/11.............13:24 3rd Street...............................Medical.............................................07/19/11.............16:00 2nd Street..............................Medical.............................................07/19/11.............16:50 Bayberry Drive.......................Medical.............................................07/19/11.............20:47 Deer Street............................Medical.............................................07/19/11.............21:33 Paradise Road.......................Medical.............................................07/20/11.............00:39 Paradise Road.......................Medical.............................................07/20/11.............06:53 Tamara Cove.........................Medical.............................................07/20/11.............12:09 E. College Blvd......................Medical.............................................07/21/11.............10:37 N. Partin Drive.......................Medical.............................................07/21/11.............14:40 27th Street.............................Service call......................................07/21/11.............15:22 Osceola Court........................Canceled.........................................07/21/11.............16:40 Powell Drive...........................Illegal burning..................................07/21/11.............22:15 Corbin Court..........................Medical.............................................07/22/11.............16:32 Summerwood Court..............Medical.............................................07/23/11.............10:28 Linden Avenue.......................Medical.............................................07/23/11.............11:58 29th Street.............................Medical.............................................07/23/11.............15:47 Hart Street..............................Medical.............................................07/23/11.............16:17 E. John Sims Pkwy...............Medical.............................................07/24/11.............02:51 Redwood/John Sims.............Vehicle crash...................................07/24/11.............08:54 John Sims/Cedar Ave...........Vehicle crash...................................07/24/11.............15:33 Benton Avenue......................Medical.............................................07/24/11.............23:16 Weekly Safety Tip: Regularly vacuuming or dusting your smoke alarm following manufacturers instructions can help keep it working properly. Replace smoke alarms once every 10 years.Niceville North BayFire Department ReportsThe North Bay Fire Department responded to the following calls July 17, 2011, through July 25, 2011. Location Situation Date Time Beach Drive..............................Fire, other....................................07/17/11...............11:16 Wright Drive..............................Medical assist EMS....................07/17/11...............13:59 E. Highway 20..........................Good intent call...........................07/17/11...............14:59 Bluewater Blvd..........................Medical assist EMS....................07/17/11...............18:44 Oakmont Place.........................EMS excluding vehicle...............07/18/11...............12:29 E. Highway 20..........................Medical assist EMS....................07/18/11...............14:06 E. Highway 20..........................Dispatched, canceled.................07/18/11...............17:37 Pine Street................................EMS excluding vehicle...............07/19/11...............06:41 Osprey Cove.............................Building fire..................................07/19/11...............06:56 Glen Eagles Drive....................Dispatched, canceled.................07/19/11...............11:41 E. Highway 20..........................Medical assist EMS....................07/19/11...............12:27 Ida Coon Circle.........................Medical assist EMS....................07/20/11...............09:33 Range Road.............................Mischievous false alarm.............07/20/11...............09:54 White Point Road.....................Swimmer in distress...................07/20/11...............18:52 N. White Point Rd.....................Medical assist EMS....................07/21/11...............12:27 Cedar Street.............................EMS excluding vehicle...............07/21/11...............13:08 Pine Street................................Good intent call...........................07/21/11...............17:20 Marina Cove Drive...................False alarm.................................07/21/11...............17:27 White Point Road.....................EMS excluding vehicle...............07/21/11...............21:33 Lake Drive.................................EMS excluding vehicle...............07/21/11...............23:40 Shadow Lane............................Good intent call...........................07/22/11...............05:49 E. Hiwy 20 & Bluewater Blvd...Dispatched, canceled.................07/22/11...............13:46 Cougar Circle............................Medical assist EMS....................07/23/11...............04:18 Wren Way.................................Medical assist EMS....................07/23/11...............06:42 South of Mid-Bay Bridge..........Motor vehicle accident................07/23/11...............15:46 Yacht Club Drive.......................Dispatched, canceled.................07/24/11...............7:00 White Point Road.....................EMS excluding vehicle...............07/24/11...............16:11 Merchants Way.........................EMS excluding vehicle...............07/24/11...............16:27 Visit for more information. 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original presentation to our faculty assembly and everyone was on board with the idea. Were proud to work with the county to provide space for this new option for area residents. News of the shelters petfriendly status was confirmed July 21 during a meeting of the Okaloosa County Emergency Management Committee (EMC), an informal group of fire, police, medical and other public safety representatives from throughout the county. During that meeting, Okaloosa Public Safety Director Dino Villani and Emergency Manager Randy McDaniel said the agreement with the college is now in effect, and distributed copies of the memorandum of understanding between the college and the county regarding shelter operations during emergencies. McDaniel said there are eight emergency shelters in the county Antioch Elementary, Baker School, Choctawhatchee High (but only for use by first responders), Davidson Middle, Kenwood Elementary, NWFSC Arena, Riverside Elementary and Shoal River Middle. Three of the shelters are pet-friendly, Antioch Elementary, Davidson Middle and NWFSC Raider Arena. All shelters will accept service animals, he said. In other business during the EMC meeting, McDaniel said the county and the state of Florida are still struggling to get federal bureaucrats to modify new federal rules that McDaniel said could make it nearly impossible for county emergency shelters to operate legally in an actual emergency. He said the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Emergency Management Agency have issued regulations requiring all community shelters to provide complete care for special needs shelterees, such as those with physical or mental handicaps, who may require various special accommodations. Currently, said McDaniel, Okaloosa County operates some special needs shelters especially for such persons, but cannot provide everything a disabled shelteree may need at every county shelter. Attempting to do so, he said, would actually reduce the overall shelter capacity of the county significantly, and would create similar problems throughout Florida. He said state officials are negotiating with Washington to try to resolve the disagreement before an actual hurricane strikes Florida. McDaniel also announced that the county will offer a training session for people interested in joining a neighborhood Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Such teams are neighborhood-based, and consist of volunteers trained to provide firstresponse help, such as search and rescue and medical first aid, to their neighbors in the immediate aftermath of a disaster, when professional firefighters, medical personnel or other regular emergency responders may be unable to get to all areas hit by a hurricane, tornado, or similar event. The training will be given July 30 and 31 at the county Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on the Niceville campus of NWFSC. For further information, call 651-7150. In other action at the NWFSC Trustees meeting, the colleges board approved: Changes to the admissions process for the colleges degree program in radiography to include the Health Education Systems Inc. admission test as part of the application for the program. The test will assist staff with the applicant selection process which is based on a competitive weighted point system. Annual submittal to the state of the colleges Capital Improvement Plan through fiscal 2015-17 for any campus renovation, remodeling or construction. A recommendation to award a contract to the auditing firm of Mauldin and Jenkins to conduct the annual audit of the colleges Collegiate High School and the NWFSC Foundation. Trustees also approved various other items related to the governance of the college and the colleges Collegiate High School. Board meetings are open to the public. The next meeting is Aug. 17 at 4:30 p.m. in the College Mall Gallery, building K, on the Niceville campus. The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 TheINQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHERWarren Russell, 71, Niceville, retired electronics technician Nikki OMalley, 30, Niceville, airline employee Dean Snell, 52, Niceville, landscaper James Pepper, 32, Niceville, unemployed Im very excited upon its arrival, and a new all-around training facility for Eglin. I think its great. Its one of the best fighter planes the Air Force has. I think its great. Its a really good fighter plane, and I think its awesome that theyre training people to use it. The more we can help the military, the better.Cathy Gallagher, 55, Niceville, grandma It will bring more base personnel to the area. Well have more people to meet, and possibly more jobs for the locals. Its a natural logical progression for this area. We always get the best.Randy Cook, 50, Valdosta, Ga., retired Air ForceI think its a good thing. It will help the economic environment in this area. Its the future. The only drawback is that its loud. by Mike GriffithWhat do you think about the arrival of the first F-35 to be stationed at Eglin Air Force Base?Location: Lincoln ParkWednesday, July 27, 2011 Page A-5 THEBAYBEACONcontinue driving while he was crumbling up narcotics. Police also seized $1,301 found in five different rolls in different denominations in Gentrys left and right front pant pockets. * Demmy Jon Pitts, 32, of 8710 John Hamm Road, Milton, was arrested by sheriffs deputies July 12 on charges of a fraudulent or false statement and dealing in stolen property. Pitts was allegedly one of two men who sold 96 pounds of copper pipe that was purchased for $784 from a Niceville business, 500 Niceville Ave., May 13, using a check from a closed account.DUI arrestsJohn Houston Whiddon, 23, of 481 Ruckel Drive, Niceville, was arrested by sheriffs deputies for DUI on Highway 285 at Roaring Creek Way, July 16 at 4:57 a.m.TheftsA Niceville resident out walking July 17 found three wallets along the roadway, one near the intersection of 28th Street and Bailey Avenue, two more on the roadway near the intersection of Redwood Avenue and 27th Street. The pedestrian contacted the owner of the first wallet who reported the only thing missing was as much as $50 currency. Police contacted the owners of the next two found wallets and one victim reported approximately $35 was missing while the other wallet was an old wallet that contained nothing of value and that the victim kept in the glove compartment of his vehicle. BLOTTERFrom page A-4 DONT BE LEFT OUT! 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Niceville City Clerk Dan Doucet, who also serves as the citys election chief, released the following tabulation of votes from the July 19 election: Group 3 City Council: Lewis, 303. Reed, 119. Ritchson, 228. Schaetzle, 300. Group 5 City Council: Boudreaux, 428. Rominger, 511. A runoff election is now scheduled for next Tuesday to determine the winner of the Group 3 race between Lewis and Schaetzle. With 9,414 registered voters eligible to vote, according to Doucet, turnout was 10.1 percent, with a total of 947 ballots being cast in Nicevilles municipal election, including 47 absentee ballots. Turnout in last weeks election was nearly double voter turnout in recent past regular biennial elections. Niceville holds staggered elections every two years in July, with the mayor and three city council seats up for grabs in one election and two city council seats up for election during the other. Niceville held no regular elections in 2009, nor in 2007, because no one challenged the incumbents, the mayor and city council members, in either election. Voter turnout in Nicevilles city election in 2005 was just 5.2 percent, with only one of two city council seats contested. In 2003, turnout was 5.3 percent, with only one seat being contested, while two other city council members and the mayor were unopposed. In 2001 voter turnout was 5.2 percent, with one city council seat on the ballot while the other city councilman was unopposed. The city also held a special election Jan. 3, 2008, to fill the remaining term of the late Terry Tislow. Five candidates were on the ballot but none garnered a majority, forcing a runoff election Jan. 17, won by Dan Henkel over Roger Noel, 303 to 282. Henkel later won a four-year term on his own right when he was unopposed in the 2009 city election. The runoff election Aug. 2 will be held at Niceville City Council Chambers, 208 N. Partin Drive, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. VOTERSFrom page A-1 SHELTERFrom page A-1 Debbie Lewis Bill SchaetzleWhat should we ask next week? Email your suggested question to: Include "Suggested IP question" in the "subject" field.


The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992Page A-6 Wednesday, July 27, 2011 THEBAYBEACON A L L A R O U N D T H E T O W N A L L A R O U N D T H E T O W N A L L A R O U N D T H E T O W N A L L A R O U N D T H E T O W N members, The increase is due to state requirements. The school board has absolutely no discretion. Scallan added that the total value of property to be taxed in the Okaloosa district is less for 201112 than for the previous year, having dropped from $15.6 billion to $14.8 billion due to continued general declines in property values. In addition to requiring property tax increases at the local level, said Scallan, the state legislature has required a quarter mill of property tax to be moved from local school district capital outlay budgets to general fund budgets throughout the state in each of the past two years. This is a problem for us, she said, because about 40 percent of the schools in the Okaloosa district are more than 40 years old, and some are more than 50 years old, and therefore are in need of renovation, repair or replacement. Scallan said there are other ways to raise more money for the school district, by increasing other types of local taxes. We are one of the few school districts in Florida without a sales tax or additional millage levy, she said. The school district, she said, can levy a sales tax or an additional mill property tax, but such a measure failed last year in a referendum. In other business during Mondays meeting, the school board approved the appointment of Jason McClellan as assistant principal of Destin Middle School. TAXFrom page A-3Superior Residences has been making a name for itself in Niceville for specializing in the care for those that have been diagnosed with Alzheimers disease and other forms of dementia. Although the assisted living facility is fairly new to the area, it has already begun to gain acclaim for its "memory care" services. Superior Residences of Niceville is owned and operated by Superior Residences, Inc., which manages five other assisted living communities in Florida. The companys mission is to create living environments, in which their residents can remain as independent as possible with the help of specialized care. "One thing that sets this specialized assisted living community apart from others is that it provides 24-hour care by licensed nurses," said Elizabeth Rambow, who has served as the director of community relations for the past year. "We have highly trained personnel who have experience with caring for those with all forms of memory loss." Since 2009, the Niceville assisted living community has been gaining attention from area local medical professionals for their excellence in senior health care. The community features specialized apartments that meet the needs of their residents, along with dining rooms, activity and living rooms, televisions rooms and two secured outdoor patios. The community has 60 suites, which can accommodate up to 80 residents. The number of residents has been steadily growing for this relatively new facility. So much so, that management will soon break ground on a new three-story regular assisted living community that will feature 90 apartments, ranging in size from studios to two-bedroom dwellings. The staff provides plenty of activities to keep residents active throughout the day. Some of these activities are dedicated to stimulating their minds and memories. Not only does Superior Residences care for each of its residents, but also their families. On the last Thursday of every month, Superior Residences hosts a Memory Care Support Group for anyone coping with the effects of Alzheimers or other forms of dementia. These support group meetings are open to public and feature guest speakers who have experience in treating those with dementia. Superior Residences is also active in the community. Volunteers and local church groups come in and entertain residents with events such as sing-alongs, pet therapy and special group presentations. Superior Residences also hosts several events in the area to help raise awareness for those struggling with memory loss. Superior Residences is a standard assisted living community with extended Limited Nursing Services along with Extended Congregate Care licensure. It offers three different programs: regular residential stays, respite stays and day stays. 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Although he has traveled the globe, Ward comes from more modest rootsright along the shores of Boggy Bayou. His upbringing has made Ward a postive and humble person, earning him the approval of his peers. But, as well-liked as he is, when he won the title of Homecoming King in high school, he couldn't quite believe it. "I forgot my name. When they said 'Nicholas Ward,' I asked my date, 'Who's Nicholas Ward?' It was a big shocker." After high school, Ward attended thenOkaloosa Walton Community College, making great strides as a budding actor with the help of his longtime mentor, the late Frances Smith Herron, who died in 2006. "She's the reason why I'm a performer," he said. Herron, who was head of the dance program at OWCC, introduced him to the theater when he was 9 years old, in his first performance, "The King and I." She took Nicholas under her wing, making sure he was taking the right steps to secure a good future for himself. "She would call me every morning and make sure I was awake and going to class," he said, laughing. Along with Herron, Ward credits his mother and grandmother for their support. "They're my little angels. I've really been blessed. Everything I've done, people really supported me," he said. After Ward left Niceville in 1999, he traveled around the country in a production of "Show Boat." He wasn't away long, however, before he and the rest of the "Show Boat" cast came to Niceville, christening the newly built Mattie Kelly Arts Center in 2001. The next move for Nicholas was Orlando, where he took advantage of Disney World as a platform to hone his dancing and singing skills. Not one to be idle, he also became dance team captain for the Orlando Miracle women's basketball team, the WNBA counterpart to the Magic. But after three years, he was bitten by the travel bug. "I realized I wanted to travel in my twenties," he said, and took on the myriad opportunities offered, including a role in "The Lion King," which took him to Paris for eight months and a year and a half in Hong Kong, and another role in "Porgy and Bess" which allowed him to live aboard a cruise ship sailing the Mediterranean Sea. Photos by Diane Sobolewski, Courtesy Goodspeed Musicals Nicholas Ward in Goodspeed Musicals "Show Boat," which will be performed through September in East Haddam, Conn. UF student studies benevolence first-hand By Molly MosherBeacon Staff Writer When pre-med student Stephanie Igtiben completed her sophomore year at the University of Florida, she didn't come home to sit idly, lazing in the sun. She decided to give new life to the adage "charity starts at home." Stephanie, who has lived in Niceville since she was 5, when her father was stationed at Eglin, has taken an active role in making the community a better place, by volunteering at Sharing and Caring in Niceville. With her time split between an internship at Dr. Deborah Simkin's adolescent psychiatry office and the volunteering, it isn't like she has a great load of time. But she makes it count. "I first heard about it from my mom," she said. "When I came, they were so welcoming." With her bubbly personality and willingness to help in any way she can, of course they are thrilled to have her. Part of her responsibility is to help with the food pantry, where she aids in the distribution of food to needy area families. "The local grocery stores donate a lot, with nice cakes and cookies," she said. One of her favorite parts is helping with the "extra items" given to local families, making sure each receives a basket which not only meets their needs, but also has been personalized for their specific families. "With a family with young kids, you might give them ravioli, rather than 'healthy stuff,'" she said, smiling. Stephanie has also been applying her efforts toward another worthy cause at Sharing & Caringtheir Tools for School drive, which will collect supplies to ensure 350 needy students have just what they need to succeed in school. She has been sorting the school supplies which come in, putting the supplies in boxes marked "rulers" or "highlighters" or "washable markers," to help the distribution process go smoothlyand so Sharing and Caring knows what it really has to give. In a final push of collection, United Way will assist Sharing & Caring in the "Cram the Van" drive July 30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. A United Way van will be parked in front of the Niceville Walmart as the designated receptacle for donations of school supplies. Whether or not supplies are purchased at Walmart, they can be donated to the effort. But, to make philanthropy all the more simple, one can pick up the supplies in the store and drop them off right in front. All school supplies contributed will go to Sharing & Caring in Niceville.Stephanie Igtiben, a volunteer at Niceville Sharing & Caring, counts and sorts donations to the "Tools for School" supply drive, which will give around 350 students the "tools" they need to excel in the upcoming school year. Beacon photo by Molly Mosher Tyler Michael Lampert of Niceville graduated from Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan., with an MBA in Business Administration. *** The Florida Association of Counties (FAC) presented Okaloosa County Commissioner Dave Parisot with the Marlene Young Presidential Advocacy Award during the 2011 FAC Annual Conference & Exposition in Orange County. Commissioner Parisot was honored for his efforts to save taxpayer dollars to save Floridas pretrial release programs. *** Carl Mignacca of Niceville, a financial adviser at Edward Jones, received the Jack Phelan Award. The award, named for the financial firms former national sales manager, recognizes financial advisers for outstanding service efforts. *** Montana Laura Hobbs of Valparaiso was named to the spring 2011 Deans List at the University of Florida in Gainesville. *** Katies House of Flowers owner and manager Jennifer Rostorfer was honored by Teleflora, the worlds leading flower wire service, as a Top 2000 florist for the year 2010. Dave Parisot Montana Hobbs Please see WHOS, page B-2 Please see NICEVILLE, page B-3 Nicholas WardNiceville actor up-and-comer EYEWEAR UNLIMITEDIN BUSINESS SINCE 1970 Charles Henriott, Optician 35 years experience 678-0099 678-6211All doctors prescriptions filled Welds & Repairs Bi-Focals Tri-Focals Progressives Sunglasses Varilux Hoya Shamir Zeiss1187 East John Sims Parkway, Niceville (Across from Po Folks) Do you want your glasses today? 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Bo Burns CLU, Agent 1811 John Sims Parkway Niceville, FL 32578 Bus: 850-678-3441 Katies House of Flowers, Niceville, has been serving the community for 50 years. *** Jeffery Adamson, Broker of Keller Williams Realty Emerald Coast, announced the award winners for June. Top Associate awards were presented to Janice Busovne for Closed Volume, Lisa Snuggs for Written Volume and Pam Weeks for Listing Volume. Awards for Top Teams were presented to the Pitts Team, Jim and Wanda Pitts for Closed Volume, and to the Collins/Rood Team, Debbie Collins and Susan Rood, for Written Volume. Awards for Top Groups were presented to Daves Realty Team, headed by David Smith, for Closed and Written Volume, and to the Kelly Group, headed by Mike and Susan Kelly, for Listing Volume. *** Pediatrician Dr. Lynn Keefe of Pediatrics of Okaloosa in Niceville was selected to receive a scholarship to attend the Be Our Voice Obesity Advocacy Training, to be held in Chicago. Keefe was awarded this scholarship due to her interest in childhood obesity prevention advocacy and working in the community for sustainable policy change. She has been practicing pediatrics for 20 years. *** Colt Tarpley, a senior at Niceville High School, received a baseball scholarship to Enterprise State Community College in Enterprise, Ala. He was a left-handed pitcher for the high school and will be joining his older brother Cutter who also plays at Enterprise State as a starting short stop. Lynn Keefe Colt Tarpley WHOSFrom page B-1By Del LessardBeacon Staff Writer What's new at Eglin and big enough to contain fiveand-a-half football fields? That would be the 33rd Fighter Wing's Academic Training Centeraka the F35 school house. It's a 260,000-square-foot, Ushaped building off Nomad Way in the 33rd's area of Eglin, where some 2,200 pilots and maintenance personnel will be trained each year. The ATC's purpose came to the fore with the arrival of the 33rd FW's first F-35A July 14and the second July 20. The F-35 school house contains several highly computerized classrooms, each with a dozen student workstations plus one for the instructor, flight simulators to train pilots and maintenance simulators where military personnel from three services will learn and practice tasks such as jet engine maintenance, bomb-loading skills and F-35 ejector seat maintenance, among other subjects. Nearby, one of four student barracks, capable of housing 275 airmen, has been completed, as has one of two dining hall facilities that will feed the estimated 900 or so maximum of maintenance and flight training students who are expected to train at Eglin at any one time. Students on TDY to the Eglin training center will come from the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps. Maintenance courses will be anywhere from one to three months long, depending on skill level. Pilot trainees coming through the Eglin Test Center will enroll in courses ranging up to seven months. About 100 pilots a year will come to Eglin to learn how to fly the F-35. Since the 33rd Fighter Wing stood up as a training wing in 2009, the 33rd's personnel have been "building tomorrow," said 33rd FW commander Col. Andrew Toth. About 700 of the wing's 1,600 permanent party personnel are now in place. Assigned personnel represent all three services, plus contractor personnel. For the past two years, as new equipment was received, training preparations began with a demonstration and validation phase, writing guidance, turning on any equipment that could be turned on and operating it as far as possible. Next, small groups of students and staff went over those procedures and improved or modified them as needed, before the real students arrive. In August, for example, a small trial group of students will go through fuels maintenance training on the F-35, Toth said. Each of the 33rd FW groups also looked at their portions of the training center operations and simulated a 24-hour period in the future, including nominal day events and off-nominal day events (severe weather or mishap, for example) both notionally and with actual hardware, processes and procedures. The arrival of the first two aircraft now kicks the training center into high gear. The first students are scheduled to arrive in October, according to the wing, although a specific date has not been set, nor has it identified which maintenance course will be the first. Also in October, Eglin's first F-35As are expected to begin flying in the Eglin area. Too, the first F-35B, the Marine Corps short take off and vertical landing version, is expected to arrive at Eglin in October. Meanwhile, a "roll-out ceremony"a sort of grand openingis set for the 33rd's ATC Aug. 26. 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He considers himself blessed to be involved with Goodspeed. "This is the real deal. They give you the tools to go on stage and enjoy yourself," he said. "Some days it feels like work," he said, but added, "I'm lucky to do what I love to do." Although his schedule is packed, with performances Wednesday through Sunday until September, he does not stay idle on his days off. Ward, who now lives in New York City, will travel home, a twoand-a-half-hour trip, to audition. "My mom will ask me, 'What are you going to do next?' But you can't be a control freak in this business. I don't know what's going to be next," Ward said. Although he may not know his next move, his aspirations are clear. "Broadway is the goal, it's what I'm pushing for, and the opportunities are getting closer," he said. But even as Ward gets nearer fame, he remembers his roots, citing Niceville as his hometown for a press release. "Somebody asked me if I was joking," he recalled. "I'm proud of Niceville. Niceville did a lot of good things for me," he said. NICEVILLEFrom page B-1Scholarships bestowed upon military childrenThe honorees of the Scholarships for Military Children Program were recently announced. Brianna Bikker, daughter of Luv and David Bikker of Niceville, was honored with a $1,500 scholarship at Eglin Air Force Base. Brianna is a university scholar and participates in Intermural soccer at Texas A&M University. Lauren Foy, daughter of Mary and David Foy of Niceville, earned a $1,500 scholarship at Hurlburt Field. Lauren is enrolled at the University of Florida. She is the captain of UF intermural volleyball and soccer, and participates in Small satellite design club. Gabrielle Bikker daughter of Luv and David Bikker of Niceville, was honored with a $1,500 scholarship at Eglin. Gabrielle is a student at Florida State University. She has been involved with Habitat for Humanity and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Lauren Dempsey, daughter of Leslie and William Dempsey, was a recipient of a $1,500 scholarship at Eglin. Lauren is enrolled at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. She is involved in Bible Study, Church Praise team, Flute choir, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and as an elementary school volunteer. Each recipient was one of 670 students nationally to earn the award. The scholarship program honors those who maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average, participate in voluntary school and community activities, demonstrate leadership qualities, and write an essay on the topic of goals of health and wellness in America. Brianna Bikker Lauren Foy Gabrielle Bikker Lauren Dempsey Owned & Operated 4534 Oak Creek Shopping Center Niceville 678-1593 9-7 an EVENINGBOOKCLUB?Interested in joiningCall us! Since 1986 www.shalimarautoexchange.com1200 N. Eglin Pkwy | Shalimar | 651-5450 1200 N. 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Friends for Fun senior club All singles 60 and older, come join Friends for Fun for laughter and friendly conversation each Wednesday, 3-6 p.m., at the Bluewater Bay Clubhouse. This is an opportunity to make new friends and find joy and companionship. Info: 897-4434. RBCS seeks host families Rocky Bayou Christian School is looking for families living in Okaloosa County to host an international student. Male and female students will come from China, S. Korea, Thailand and Vietnam. Your family will not only gain a new family member, you will also learn about a different culture, and its values and traditions. Students stay with a host family for 10 months. There is a monthly stipend that will help with expenses for each international student. If you are interested or would like more information, call RBCS, 729-7227, ext. 375, or email Hospice vehicle donations Covenant Hospice adds another way you can help their mission through vehicle, RV and boat donations. Vehicles, whether running or not, are picked up, then sold at auction. The price a vehicle takes at auction becomes a tax deduction for you, and indigent care, bereavement services, or support and care for kids coping with loss. If you would like more information on how you can support Covenant Hospice by donating your vehicle, boat or RV through the easy donation process, call Jenni Perkins at 598-5003. Sales tax holiday Floridas back-to-school sales tax holiday will begin at 12:01 a.m., Friday, August 12, through midnight, Sunday, August 14. During this period, no sales tax will be collected on sales of clothing, wallets, handbags, backpacks, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $75 or less, or on certain school supplies at $15 or less. To see a list of clothing and accessory items and their taxable (T) or exempt (E) status, visit dor.myflorida. com/dor/tips/pdf/tip11a0103_list.pdf. Summer art classes The Arts and Design Society (ADSO), 17 First St. SE, Fort Walton Beach, will hold these classes for the remainder of this summer. Clay & PotteryMonday, Wednesday, 9 a.m.noon, or Monday evening, 6:30-9.; Oil Painting Wednesday, 9 a.m.-noon.; Life Drawingst and 3rd Thursday, 6-9 p.m.; Open StudioTuesday, 7-9 p.m. These classes are held in ADSOs Art Center Studios. For costs and other information about these classes, call 244-1271 or visit artsdesign Community yard sale The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, 115 Westview Ave., Valparaiso, will hold its community yard sale with the NicevilleValparaiso Kiwanis on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 7 a.m. to noon. Clean out your garage, closets and shed, and help preserve the past by donating whatever you are past needing. Donations (no clothes please) will be accepted during regular museum hours, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Limited 10-by-10-foot spaces are available for sellers for $10. Visit the museum and reserve your spot today. Info: 678-2615 or heritage-muse Art exhibit at library The Local Color Artists Club will exhibit works at the Niceville Library through Aug. 27. The show features 14 artists and includes woodturned pieces during July. Pastels, wooden flutes, and photography, as well as paintings created using watercolors, oils and acrylics will be on display and will periodically change. The club meets monthly and welcomes interested parties. Info: Amy Jo Rosati, 678-4813. Modern day self-defense Come take nontraditional, modern day martial arts class at the Niceville YMCA. Classes are for age 15 and older. Class times: Tuesday and Wednesday 7-8 p.m.; Friday 6-7 p.m.; Saturday 10:30-11:30 a.m. Cost: $50/month for non-YMCA members, $30 for members. Head Start enrollment Applications are being accepted for children ages birth-5 years old at Okaloosa Head Start, a comprehensive early childhood care provider which aims to better prepare children for kindergarten. The program is free for those who qualify. Info: 678-6893 or Volunteers sought The Twin Cities Hospital Auxiliary is seeking volunteers. For more information, call 729-9481, or stop by the hospital, 2190 Highway 85 N., Niceville, and speak to a volunteer at the front desk. Senior care kits available The local Home Instead Senior Care office is offering a no-cost senior emergency kit that includes items such as a checklist of important contact names and information and health tracker worksheets. The file also allows for the storage of important documents in an emergency. Materials can be downloaded at senioremer To get a specialized senior kit, call the senior care office at 243-6464. TOPS evening meetings TOPS club 0111 is a weight-loss support group which meets every Thursday evening at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, Education Building, Room 4. Weigh-in will be at 6:30 p.m., and the meeting will start at 7 p.m. Info: Michele, 678-2863, or Cindy, 279-4847. Free museum admission The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida announces the launch of Blue Star Museums, a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and more than 1,300 museums across America to offer free admission to all active-duty military personnel and their families through Labor Day. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. Adult coed softball The Niceville Recreation Department is now accepting teams for the 2011 Adult Coed Softball League. Entry fee is $275 plus a $10 resident or $30 nonresident fee per player. Games will be held Monday nights starting August 8. Info: Jim Baughman at 729-4062 or visit city Mens over 40 softball The Niceville Recreation Department is now accepting teams for the 2011 Mens Over 40 Softball League. Entry fee is $300 plus a $10 resident or $30 nonresident fee per player. Games will be held Wednesday nights starting August 10. For more info call Jim Baughman at 729-4062 or visit the citys website at School supplies donations Donations of school supplies are now being collected at Nicevilles Sharing & Caring, 104 Bullock Blvd. Supplies will be distributed Aug. 13 to approximately 350 students in our community. Parents/guardians may sign up their children until Aug. 5. Lists of supplies needed may be obtained at Sharing & Caring. Monetary donations will also be accepted. Info: 729-3600. Volleyball clinic A volleyball clinic will be held at Niceville High School this summer, July 27-28. The clinic will be run by former SEC coaches Wade Benson and Jozsef Forman, along with the Niceville High School coaches. There will be two age group sessions: ninth12th grade, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., and fifth-eighth grade, 3:30-6 p.m. The cost is $130 per player, and includes a T-shirt. The clinic is open to players from all areas, and of all skills levels. Info: Wade Benson, 303-7630713, or Referee training course The USSF Entry Level Referee Course will be held in Niceville for those interested in refereeing. The class consists of online education modules and 12 hours of classroom training and participation. After training, you will have the basic knowledge to begin refereeing. The 2011 course will be held at Niceville City Hall Aug. 22, 6-8:30 p.m.; Aug. 24, 6-8 p.m.; Aug. 27, 9 a.m.-noon; and Aug. 31, 6-9 p.m. Info: under the Become a Referee tab. The cost is $100. Register by Aug. 8. To register or for more information: Al Haberbusch, or 678-9084; Howard Hill, or 678-2182; or Bernie Busovne, busovnefamily@ or 897-9497. Call to artists The 17th annual Oktoberfest and Arts & Crafts Festival at Winn Dixie Plaza in Bluewater Bay is looking for artists and craftsmen interested in selling their work. The festival, sponsored by the Mid-Bay Rotary Club, will be held on Friday, Sept 23, 5-10 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 24, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Cost to exhibit at the two-day event is $75. Info: Bert, 897-3190. Creative writing group The Valparaiso Community Library will offer a writing workshop Thursdays at 1 p.m. All ages are welcome to come and explore their creativity, with a focus on self expression, creative writing and improvisation. This program is not necessarily a formal writing course; however group discussions and friendly critique will help individuals develop their written and/or vocal narrative style. Call the library for info, 729-5406. Alzheimers support group Alzheimers Family Services provides monthly support groups for family members or friends coping with a loved one with Alzheimers disease. A support group will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 27, at the Chandler Center at the First United Methodist Church, Niceville. The support group is free but registration is required to attend, and respite care is available in most locations. Jellyfish program Henderson Beach State Park, off Highway 98 in Destin, is celebrating National Parks and Recreation Month with a special program on jellyfish to take place July 28, 10-11 a.m. Theres more to jellyfish than a nasty sting. Come learn about the different jellyfish living in the Gulf of Mexico and their importance in the food chain. Program included in the park admission fee. Info: 837-7550. Adventure club events July 28, 9 a.m. Bike ride in the old section of Fort Walton Beach. Meet at the Fort Walton Landing Park on Brooks St. Lunch after the ride at a nearby restaurant. Info: Bruce, 301-9452, and Pat, 974-9591. Panhandle Patriots rally The Florida Panhandle Patriots and tea parties across the panhandle will hold a Reviving America Rally July 30 from 2-5 p.m. at Liza Jackson Parks west pavilion, 318 Miracle Strip Parkway, Fort Walton Beach. The public is welcome to come listen to speakers from across the southeast. The event is free. Bring your signs, chairs, coolers allowed. Page B-4 Wednesday, July 27, 2011 THEBAYBEACON Since 1992, the voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso. CHURCHDIRECTORY St. Paul Lutheran & Preschool 1407 E. John Sims Parkway 850-678-1298 W o r s h i p S c h e d u l e 8:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. ENROLL TODAY St. Paul Preschool God Centered Christ Exalting Spirit Led Truth DrivenService Time:Sundays at 10:15 a.m. Sunday School at 9:00 a.m. 2401 Partin Dr. N, 678-6062 IMMANUELANGLICANCHURCHSunday Morning Services Family Worship 9:00 with children's classesWalk-In...Worship 11:01 with childcare for ages 6 weeks to Kindergarten Wednesday Nights Youth 6:30-8 p.m. Pointing The Way To Jesus250 Indian Bayou Trail, Destin Church Office: CALENDAR2011 E-mail items to before 5 p.m. Wednesday. Please see CALENDAR, page B-5 Emergency response trainingOkaloosa County Emergency Management will hold Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training July 30 and 31, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., at the new 911 Emergency Operations Center, on the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College. Info: call 651-7150, email kwolfe@co. or visit Pictured, community responders aid in an emergency. First Baptist Church ofValparaisoENGAGINGGOD,CONNECTINGWITHOTHERS,SERVINGALL444 Valparaiso Pkwy. 850-678-4822 www.fbcvalparaiso.orgSundays Bible Study 9:30am Celebration Service 11:00am Discipleship 5:00pm Wednesdays Adults, Youth, & Children 6:00pm Sun. 11am8pm Mon. Thurs. 11am9pm Fri. & Sat. 11am 10pm1027 John Sims Pkwy E, Palm Plaza, Niceville 850 6785072EDSHOMETOWNSEAFOOD& STEAKS2 RACKS of RIBS 4 SIDES Saturday, July 30FEEDYOURFAMILYof 4 for$3195$5 wings on Monday's for the month of July Reaching the Emerald Coast with the Transforming Love of Jesus ChristRev Fr Frank D Gough II 850.651.9800 Rev Christopher Flynn, Deacon 850.543.3748 A Member of the World Wide Anglican CommunionRESURRECTIONAnglican Church66 8th St., ShalimarService Times: 10:00 a.m. Sunday Call Ed 243-3169leepontiacgmc.comQuality Pre-Owned Vehicles Quality Pre-Owned VehiclesMemorial Pkwy., Just off Hwy. 98, Ft. 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Wednesday, July 27, 2011 Page B-5 THEBAYBEACON Info:, or 865-8777. Emergency response training Okaloosa County Emergency Management will hold a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training sessions on July 30 and 31. Classes will be held daily from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., at the new 911 Emergency Operations Center (EOC), on the Niceville Campus of the Northwest Florida State College. In order to register for training individuals must live in Okaloosa County, and can sign up by calling 651-7150 or email Ken Wolfe at For information visit: Lookout! a musical comedy Lookout! An original musical comedy performed by Okaloosa County students for the entire family will take place at the Fort Walton Beach Civic Auditorium at 6 p.m. July 30. Tickets are $6.50 and available at Youth Village, 312 Pelham Road, Fort Walton Beach; P.S. Gifts, 29 N.E. Walter Martin Road; and Bayou Books, 1118 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville. All proceeds will be used for scholarship assistance for low-income children in the community. Photography exhibition The Arts and Design Society (ADSO) seeks works for their 12th Annual Photography and Digital Arts Exhibition to be held Aug. 3-Sept. 3. This judged show is open to all photographers. Dates for submission are July 30, 1-4 p.m. and Aug. 1, 9 a.m.noon. Categories for photos are: nature/landscape, people, architecture, still life and digital arts. Visit or call 244-1271 for more information. Blood drive The Niceville United Methodist Church, 214 South Partin Drive, will hold a blood drive Sunday, July 31, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Republican women meeting Silver Sands Republican Women Federated will be hold its next meeting 5:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 1, at the Bluewater Bay Clubhouse. The speaker will be Paul Lux, Supervisor of Elections for Okaloosa County. Contact Libby Hill,, for reservations. Blood drives Following are upcoming area blood drives: Aug. 3, 1-5 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1407 E. John Sims Pkwy. Aug. 10, 5-8 p.m., First Baptist Church of Niceville, 622 Bayshore Drive Aug. 24, 2-8 p.m., Niceville United Methodist Church, 214 Partin Drive Aug. 28, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Christ Our Redeemer Church, 1028 White Point Road Bass tourney for CAC The fourth annual American General Life and Insurance Company Bass Tournament is set for Aug. 6 at the Marina Village in Freeport. Proceeds will benefit the Emerald Coast Childrens Advocacy Center. A $3,000 payout is at stake for the winners of this tournament in memory of local angler Bob Zdenek. There will be a free Family Fun Day while the anglers are out fishing, including a car show, arts & crafts booths, food, a giant waterslide for the kids and live entertainment. Stay for the weigh in and see who brings in the biggest fish. Angler entry fees are $110 per boat. Interested angler should visit: Arts and Crafts vendor spaces are available for $25 each. Call Joy Hudson at 8339237, ext. 256. PAL Soccer registration Niceville PAL Soccer League registration will take place Saturday, Aug. 6, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at Niceville City Hall. Late fee will not be charged. There will be a waiting list after August 6. Info: 678-2182 or Pancake breakfast The Niceville High School Volleyball Team will hold two all you can eat breakfasts, including pancakes, bacon, sausage, coffee, juice and milk for only $6. The breakfasts will be held Aug. 6 and 13, 8-10 a.m., at Eds Seafood and Steaks in Niceville. Pine needle basketry The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, 115 Westview Ave., Valparaiso, will hold a two-part pine needle basketry class Aug. 6 and 20. On both days, the class will run 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The cost of the class is $75 and $60 for museum members. Join instructor Joe Stoy and learn the original Seminole techniques using modern materials and local pine needles. Space is limited. Call 678-2615 to register. CALENDARFrom page B-4 Ken s Gas Piping, Inc. Looking for a dependable helper in gas piping field, construction experience a plus, valid drivers license and reliable transportation preferred, will train. For more info call 897-4149. Driver Needed Driver needed for local taxi company, part-time, must be 25 or older; clean driving record, call John at 259-6990 2 bedroom apt in Valparaiso, $500 month, deposit required, 6785953. 2002 BMW R1150TR 32,657 mi $6900; 2009 KLR650 6320 mi $4800; both garage kept; newly equipped extras; 2010 double trailer with tie downs and loading ramps $1000. 850-8302651 Seeking work from home distributors for new organic health food company that launches in October 2011. Great opportunity to get in on ground floor with unlimited earning potential from home, and wholesale prices on healthy food delivered right to the customers door. Call (850) 974-2952 for more information. Warehouse space available. 700 SqFt Warehouse, $500 per month. For more information, call 8974149. 419 Adams Ave., Valparaiso This & That Thrift Shop, Flea Market, Buy, Sell, Trade. Open Wed.-Sat., 1419 No. 29th. Outdoor Flea Market, 729-3801 Big garage sale, Italian furniture, electronics, clothes, outdoor items, July 30, 6 a.m., 345 Jamaica Way, BWB. Opportunities Help Wanted Homes for Rent Yard Sales Motorcycles Warehouse Office Space Since 1992, the voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso. CLASSIFIEDS Beacon Where Buyers and Sellers Meet! RV s for Sale RENTALS 850-897-1443 Bluewater Bay Resort RealtyMarina Cove Unfurnished $1700 3/2.5/2 car tandem garage, fireplace, loft, new carpet & paint Swift Bayou Furnished $1325 2/2 carport, townhouse, waterfront elecectric & water included Patio Home Furnished $1450 1/1/1 car garage, fireplace, fenced courtyard includes utilities, cable and internet6 month minimum. VA APPROVED: Lakeside 310 Southlake Ct. 2/2 + Bonus Loft: Great views, great buy! $149,900 Lakeside 307 Westlake Ct. 1 Bedroom, Beauty, $87,000 Coming Soon: Townhome For Sales, Call Pamela: 562-987-2484 PROVEN 678-5178Carriage Hills Realty, Inc.Text CHRSOLD to 87778 for free app NICEVILLE & VALPARAISO AREAS Location! Location! Location! 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Volleyball clinicA volleyball clinic will be held at Niceville High School this summer, July 27-28. The clinic will be run by former SEC coaches Wade Benson and Jozsef Forman, along with the Niceville High School coaches. There will be two age group sessions: ninth-12th grade, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., and fifth-eighth grade, 3:30-6 p.m. The cost is $130 per player, and includes a Tshirt. The clinic is open to players from all areas, and of all skills levels. Info: Wade Benson, 303-7630713, or baseball campNiceville Amateur Youth Baseball will host its annual Summer Baseball Camp Aug. 6 at Niceville High School. The camp is open to 7U to 14U players and will run 9 a.m. to noon, with registration and warm ups at 8:30 a.m. The cost of the camp is $60. The instructors will include former MLB veterans Dennis Rasmussen, Chuck Cary, Rick Walker and Mel Stocker; along with college coaches from the University of Alabama, Troy University and Northwest Florida State College and coaches Joe Nedoroscik, Kevin Berry, Gary Drouin, Greg Dunning and Gerry McDermott. Register online at travel ingeagles.comFishing tournamentGrab your luckiest pole and most reliable lurethe 2011 AGLA Bass Tournament is set for Aug. 6 at Marina Village in Freeport. A $3,000 payout is at stake for the winners of this annual tournament in memory of local angler Bob Zdenek. Attendees will each have two anglers per boat and will depart at first light. There will be plenty of family fun planned while the anglers are out fishing. The day will feature a car show, arts and crafts booths, delicious food, demonstration boat rides, a giant waterslide for the kids and live entertainment. The Family Fun Day is free and open to the public. Come for the fun, stay for the weigh-in and see who brings in the biggest fish and takes home the cash. Angler entry fees are $110 per boat. Interested anglers should visit: aglabass2011.eventbrite. com. Arts and Crafts vendor spaces are available for $25 each and may be secured by calling Joy Hudson at 850-833-9237 x256. The tournament is presented by WTKE 100.3 The Ticket Sports Radio. Businesses interested in sponsoring this event should contact WTKE 100.3 at 244-1400. Raffle prizes, door prizes and a silent auction will all help to raise funds for child abuse and neglect victims served at the Emerald Coast Childrens Advocacy Center. Current sponsors of the event include: American General Life Insurance Company, WTKE 100.3 The Ticket, Marina Village, Yamaha, Skeeter Boats, Quality Toyota, The Walton County Sheriffs Office, American Residential Services, Gulf Coast Immediate Care, One Hour Heating & A/C, Wise Equipment, Ritz Foods, and Harbor Docks. Since 1992, the voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso. B E A C O N S P O R T S B E A C O N S P O R T S Page B-6 Wednesday, July 27, 2011 Sports BriefsE-mail items to FDD cage team finishes fifthThe Faithfulness, Discipline, Diligence Inc. 11th grade girls basketball team won fifth place out of 58 teams at the AAU Girls Nationals Division II, finishing 6-2 overall. The team consisted of four players from Niceville High School, two players from Choctaw High School, three players from Fort Walton Beach High School and one player from Ruckel Middle School. From left: back, coach Jerome Strutchen, Lauren Day, Marianna Pride, Malaya Evans, Alexis Cheeks and coach Ramoane Jordan; front, Ashley Levesque, Amanda Demma, Katie Oneal, Brittany Brown, Brittany West and Mercedez Clayborne. Burns earns scholarshipRocky Bayou Christian School's Ryan Burns won the James Benjamin Strutchen Sr. Memorial Scholarship, given to a senior who was a member of Faith, Diligence, Discipline Inc. and demonstrated not only basketball ability, but also classroom and community productiveness. The scholarship was presented by FDD director Jerome Strutchen. Surrounding Burns and Strutchen are the FDD 11th grade girls basketball team, as they prepared for AAU Nationals. From left: Amanda Demma, Ashley Levesque, Mercedez Clayborne, Burns, Marianna Pride, Alexis Cheeks, Strutchen, Lauren Day, Katie Oneal and Malaya Evans. To order, please call or visit: 850-226-4111 EdibleArrangements.comMariner Plaza 230 Eglin Parkway N.E., Fort Walton Beach $500off!FOR PICK-UP OR DELIVERYWhen you mention this ad. Offer valid on select products. Cannot be combined with other offers. Offer code must be used when placing the order. Code: bayb0811 Exp: 8/31/11any order EdibleARRANGEMENTS 5 th Anniversary! F r e e D e l i v e r y A u g u s t 1 3 1 ~

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