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Logging truck accident closes Highway 525

FREELAND - A driver hit the back end of a loaded logging truck and was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after an early morning crash on Highway 525 at Scott Road early Wednesday morning.

Metal artist hopes to move studio to Langley’s old fire hall

LANGLEY — Some heavy metal may return to Langley’s old firehouse on Second Street, and this time, it won’t be a fire engine returning from a blaze. Tim Leonard, the owner of Heavy Metal Works, is hoping to lease the back section of the old fire hall for his metal-art business. Leonard currently operates his studio at his home on Saratoga Road.

Haugen says she’ll support gay marriage | UPDATE

State Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen’s decision to support same-sex marriage is getting a grateful reaction in Langley. Haugen, a 10th District lawmaker, said she would vote for a proposed law that would make Washington the seventh state in the union to allow same-sex marriages.

New water line project means end to black-bag hydrants

The end is near for a few of Langley’s trashy-looking fire hydrants.

RIDING THE STORM OUT | More snow stories from this week’s big snowfall

Assistant Island County Engineer Connie Bowers said county road crews were working 24 hours each day this week, sanding and plowing as needed. At least four plows or sanders were at work in each of the county’s road shops; there are three on Whidbey Island, and one on Camano Island.

Mixed-use project near Langley Marina may include funicular

LANGLEY — What goes up, must come down. Just the opposite may be happening in Langley. A proposed funicular at the marina — an idea that plummeted in popularity with the city council last year — is on the rise again, mainly due to a fresh proposal for a development project along Wharf Street.

Five law firms express interest in Langley contract

Lawyers from across the region are ready to rush into the Village by the Sea. And it’s just what Langley officials have been hoping for.

Langley councilman seeks city’s support for same-sex marriage

State Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen isn’t ready to take a stand on same-sex marriage, but Langley Councilman Hal Seligson is. Seligson said this week he would present a resolution to his fellow council members on Jan. 17 to support the passage of a new law that would allow same-sex marriage in Washington state.

SLIDESHOW | Bogota’s best foot forward

Students from the Gimnasio Fontana school visited South Whidbey on a trip sponsored by the high school’s Spanish program, led by teacher Jennifer Gochanour. The Gimnasio Fontana show included storytelling, music and other tastes of the culture of Colombia.

OCCUPY SOUTH WHIDBEY: Protest movement will make its first stand in Freeland

They don’t have a leader, but hot dog, what a mascot. Inspired by Occupy Wall Street and the “Occupy” demonstrations in large cities across the country, dozens of South Whidbey residents have been gathering each week to map out how they, too, can make a difference.

New board takes over Freeland sewer district with velvet gloves

Voters cleaned house in the November election for the Freeland Water and Sewer District board, but with the installation of a new majority Monday, two new commissioners moved gingerly amid cushioned talk as they took steps to put the district’s house in order.

Accused killer gets new lawyer

COUPEVILLE — The former fugitive accused of gunning down a Langley man more than eight years ago asked a Superior Court judge for a new lawyer during a short hearing Friday.

Langley police adopt shift change amid declining ranks

The city's police force will be working longer shifts, but fewer days, to make up for its thinned ranks.

South Whidbey 2012 | Six storylines to watch in the coming year

With the start of a new news year, the Record newsroom looked ahead at six storylines to watch in 2012.

Langley workshop may cover legal work

Langley officials are considering holding a workshop next week, and a potential topic of discussion includes the formation of a panel to review applicants for the job of city attorney.

Langley’s new mayor outlines his top priorities

It’s time to get to work. That’s the promise, the focus and the charge of Larry Kwarsick, who was set to be sworn in this week as Langley’s 26th mayor.

South Whidbey port officials approve lease of park property for cell tower

Commissioners for the Port of South Whidbey unanimously approved an agreement with AT&T at a special meeting Wednesday and will lease part of the port's park property at Possession Point so the company can put up a 140-foot-tall cell tower.

Port commissioners to vote on new cell tower lease

Port of South Whidbey officials will hold a special meeting Wednesday to vote on a lease agreement with AT&T so the telecommunications company can put up a cell tower on the port’s Possession Point property.

Homeowner recounts catching burglar inside his South Whidbey home

Glenn Perkins said it was hard to tell who was more surprised: The burglar who was caught red-handed, or Perkins, who discovered the intruder who slipped into his South Whidbey home Wednesday and interrupted his morning coffee.

Suspect in stabbing has long history of drug use

A Freeland man who allegedly stabbed his parents in a late night rage is mentally fit to stand trial and help his lawyer craft his defense, according to a state psychologist who reviewed the man’s mental health.