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Car hits pine tree on Highway 525

A possible case of brake failure caused Linda Heintz to crash her car into a tree Friday morning.

Port seeks cheap fix to reopen Clinton Beach dock

The Clinton Beach dock has been closed to boaters for the past few weeks and will stay that way until repairs can be made, it was revealed at the April 10 Port of South Whidbey meeting.

It came from beneath Deer Lake

It came from beneath the sea — or more exactly, the mucky depths of Deer Lake, Clinton’s only freshwater swimming and fishing hole.

Mystic Sea whale watcher arrives Friday in Langley

Friday afternoon, the 100-foot long M/V Mystic Sea will carefully moor at Langley Marina for a two-month stay that should bring plenty of new tourists to Langley anxious to take the boat out to view gray whales.

SLIDESHOW | Scores honor fallen veterans at Bayview Cemetery

Quite a showing solemnly honored fallen veterans at Bayview Cemetery this Memorial Day.

Second graders live story in Langley post office

A storyteller with help from teacher Leslie Woods brought a busload of second graders to the Langley Post Office earlier this month.

Jack, South Whidbey’s only pet coatimundi, undergoes dental surgery

Jack, South Whidbey’s news making coatimundi, has a clean set of choppers thanks to a local veterinarian and a sympathetic woman who started a fundraiser to pay for the dental makeover.

Water, sewer auditor awaits Freeland’s response

Freeland Water and Sewer District commissioners will meet Monday to discuss a response to a sometimes-neg- ative state auditor’s report presented this week in a small meeting room packed with approximately 20 people.

Marijuana sales backer stalled at Langley CIty Council meeting

Lucas Jushinski wanted to talk about marijuana Monday night, but Mayor Larry Kwarsick delayed the discussion until the next Langley City Council meeting April 16.

Gun shop readies to open next week in Clinton

Next week if all goes as planned South Whidbey residents looking for a rifle or handgun won’t have to go to Oak Harbor or the mainland.

Dog euthanized after mauling Clinton young woman

The owner of the dog that chewed up a young Clinton woman had him euthanized by a veterinarian Thursday.

Kwarsick resigns effective today as Langley mayor

Langley Mayor Larry Kwarsick emailed a brief letter of resignation to the city of Langley Sunday, with the effective date of his resignation today, Jan. 7. Kwarsick has been caught up in a legal tangle since admitting to falsifying a city document when he was planning director in 2011. It had to do with a relative’s land use permit.

Small Freeland shop wins $500K fire boat bid

A new South Whidbey company with ties to Nichols Brothers Boat Builders landed its first contract Monday: the job of building a fire boat for South Whidbey Fire/EMS.

State harvests cash through geoducks off Langley waters

The geoduck (pronounced gooey-duck) has a funny name and its appearance often elicits embarrassed laughter, but Washington’s biggest clam means big money to the Department of Natural Resources and fine eating, particularly for wealthy devotees in China.

Volt lover revolted by publicity

With a Ph.D in physics and a long career with a Detroit auto supply business behind him, Norm Bodine of Clinton knows his cars. And he’s revolted that a futuristic car he purchased new last fall came with a questionable reputation after a faulty report on FOX News and various other media outlets. In response, Bodine wrote to the FOX reporter who made the misinformed report as well as its popular commentator Bill O’Reilly, complaining about the erroneous “facts” regarding a fire and the Volt’s mileage. He didn’t get a response, so instead set out on a one-man crusade to sing the praises of the Chevrolet Volt.

Will he stay or will he go? Langley mayor mulls future

Langley residents will begin the new year in suspense as they wait to find out if they still have a mayor.

Slide wipes out Possession Point home | UPDATE

A sizable landslide at Possession Point Wednesday afternoon destroyed one summer home and damaged another.

Council plans to avoid mayoral tie in Langley selection

To avoid what is considered the catastrophic possibility of the county commissioners selecting Langley’s next mayor, the City Council met in a special session Wednesday to iron out the process of interviewing mayoral candidates 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19.

Tokitae nearly ready for barge

The huge superstructure of the Tokitae, Washington State Ferries’ newest boat, will leave Nichols Brothers Boat Builders later this week. It was designed to carry 144 vehicles.

Poppy Girl encounters war memories of Whidbey Island veterans

A Poppy Girl learns that an assisted living facility isn’t just a place where older people live, it’s where an irreplaceable storehouse of history is kept alive in the memories of residents.