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LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Coverage of Wonn Road case was appreciated

  • Today at 12:00PM

Editor, Thank you for the coverage on the Wonn Road beach access, “IBA seeks speedy end to beach wall dispute,” in the Wednesday, May 25 edition of the South Whidbey Record. I really appreciate these articles. Please continue to keep us informed about this case.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | The Record should cut back on page one crime stories

  • Today at 10:00AM

Editor, We look forward to reading our local paper and happily subscribe to The Record. You all do a great job covering the pulse of South Whidbey. Often it is a rare source for good news in a media world that increasingly focuses on the worst. While I appreciate your local crime coverage and especially the efforts to address it, it seems like nearly every arrest or crime case is getting front page coverage.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Quilts to show thanks to Whidbey Island veterans

  • Today at 8:00AM

Editor, We have all been working diligently to get quilts finished to be able to present to our Whidbey veterans. I am working with the South End and North End island veteran resource and support groups to get names for this month’s presentation in recognition of Memorial Day.

EDITORIAL | Joseph Whidbey is not a good fit for an RBA

  • Today at 6:00AM

Celebrate Whidbey Island — Joseph Whidbey State Park has been spared. It will not be included in a pilot project that would have opened up large portions of the park to private development, Washington State Parks officials recently confirmed. This is great news, and something that residents from Clinton to Deception Pass should applaud.

A secret to business success in Clinton?

  • May 27, 2016 at 4:01PM

In an area that many believe is in its economic death-throes, one new business is on the verge of celebrating its one year anniversary. Meet MAKE Whidbey Market, a small-town shop nestled between Cozy’s Roadhouse and Cadée Distillery in the heart of downtown Clinton. According to owner Janae Cameron, the business didn’t just survive the tricky first year, it’s growing. In fact, she’s reporting increased sales for the past two months as a result of adding a wider variety of products to their storefront. And she’s not an isolated success story. Sixteen new businesses have come to town in the past 18 months, and another — a noodle bar — is slated to open this summer. So if Clinton is supposed to be dead, what gives?

Contest winner gets to name a flower at Meerkerk Gardens

  • Today at 8:00AM

“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” Juliet Capulet said famously in Shakespeare’s beloved tragedy. If the quote uttered by one of theater’s most beloved characters is to be believed, it stands to reason that a rhododendron, too, would be as lovely given any moniker. Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens in September will award one lucky person the opportunity to name a rhody of their own.

A life of service: Freeland veteran reflects on 30 years in Army

  • Today at 6:00AM

The odds were already stacked against Don “Juan” Wentworth before he joined the U.S. Army in August 1946. At 16 years old, he forged military documents to enlist. He was 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighed 113 pounds — roughly 10 pounds less than the minimum — and was eager to abandon a rocky life at home in the Olympia area. Thanks to a sympathetic sergeant, official documents recorded him as being 125 pounds. Wentworth, who turns 86 on June 2 and lives in Freeland, went on to serve in the military for over 30 years in active and reserve roles. He’ll be among the many veterans who will participate in Monday’s Memorial Day service at Bayview Cemetery, beginning at 11 a.m.

Langley's Orca Network puts on awareness concert

  • May 27, 2016 at 4:00PM

June is Orca Awareness Month, and the Orca Network is planning to celebrate with a concert. The organization has invited singer/songwriter Dana Lyons, who has just returned from an East Coast tour, to perform in Langley. The concert is at 5:30 p.m. Saturday June 4 at the Langley Whale Center, 115 Anthes Avenue. Cost is a suggested donation of $10; all proceeds benefit the Langley Whale Center.

U.S. Bank honors Langley branch, staff

  • Today at 6:00PM

U.S. Bank’s Langley branch is one of the company’s best in the country, the publicly traded U.S. Bancorp announced this week. The branch was recently honored with the Top Tier Award, which ranks it among the top 1 percent of community branches nationwide. Additionally, Brandon Turner, branch manager; Michael Davidson, sales and service manager; and Signe Cvar, teller at the Langley branch are among the top performing employees nationwide awarded for their outstanding achievement and superior performance, according to a Wednesday news release.

State spares Joseph Whidbey park from rec business activity pilot

  • May 27, 2016 at 4:00PM

Supporters of Joseph Whidbey State Park upset with the idea of private development in their park can breath a sigh of relief. Joseph Whidbey is no longer under consideration for recreational business activities (RBA). At least, for now. The scenic waterfront park in Oak Harbor didn’t make the final cut of state parks being considered for the proposal, a controversial idea Washington State Parks is exploring that would allow private investors to help develop visitor amenities in an effort to provide additional revenue for a cash-strapped state parks system.

New arrivals: David Wyatt Bright

  • Today at 8:00AM

David Wyatt Bright was born Thursday, May 19 at Whidbey General Hospital to Cassandra Bright of Freeland. David weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces at birth.

New arrivals: Benjamin William Gadd-Hehn

  • Today at 6:00AM

ndrea Hehn and Jennifer Gadd are pleased to announce the birth of their second child. Benjamin William Gadd-Hehn was born March 22 at 10:31 a.m. He weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 18 inches long.

Foundation raises more than $15k for South Whidbey schools

  • May 27, 2016 at 6:00PM

More than $15,000 for classroom grants was raised at this year’s South Whidbey Schools Foundation annual dinner and auction gala held May 21. According to Foundation Treasurer John Riley, it was one of the most profitable fundraisers in the nonprofit’s 20-year history, over which time it has provided more than $250,000 to fund teacher-requested classroom grants.

Last Salish Sea Music Festival concert of season

  • May 27, 2016 at 4:00PM

The 2016 Salish Sea Early Music Festival will hold its last performance this season at 7 p.m., June 6, at St. Augustine’s in-the-Woods Episcopal Church at 5217 Honeymoon Bay Road in Freeland.

Ryan’s House to settle into new Coupeville digs next week

  • Today at 6:00AM

Ryan’s House for Youth will begin moving into its new digs in the former Countryside Inn south of Coupeville on Tuesday. But the work to fully convert the space into an inhabitable transitional living facility for homeless youth is far from finished.

Whidbey Girls Choir debuts June 10

  • Today at 6:00PM

With a flutter of his baton, Jerry Mader signals to his pupils that the time has come to belt it out.

Falcons, Heggenes finish second at girls golf state

  • Today at 4:00PM

South Whidbey sophomore girls golfer Kolby Heggenes had the best round of her life this week.

No coho this year anglers; state closes season for low expected return

  • Today at 2:00PM

For many salmon anglers who cast their lines in the waters around Whidbey Island, 2015 was a fishing season to remember with a solid presence of pinks topped off with a strong showing of silvers.

Final Langley comprehensive plan workshop planned

  • Today at 6:00PM

The Langley City Council’s sixth and final workshop on the city’s draft comprehensive plan is from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, June 2 in the council chambers.

Democrat turnout strong in election, similar to statewide results

  • Today at 4:00PM

Island County Democrats and Republicans results in Tuesday’s presidential primary were pretty similar to statewide results.

Traffic disrupted by three-car crash on Classic Road

  • Today at 2:00PM

Traffic was briefly stalled by a three-car crash at the intersection of Classic Road and Highway 525 near Greenbank Wednesday evening.

None injured in two-car wreck near Woodard Ave and Highway 525

  • Today at 12:00PM

A two-car collision near the intersection of Woodard Ave and Highway 525 in Freeland momentarily disrupted traffic for about 15 minutes on Wednesday.

Enrollment less than budgeted by South Whidbey School District

  • Today at 10:00AM

Following a decade-long trend of decline, South Whidbey School District’s enrollment is expected to drop by five students from what was budgeted for in the 2015-16 school year.

Schools roll out first round of teacher cuts

  • May 26, 2016 at 10:00AM updated May 27, 2016 at 6:45AM

Making good on plans to trim staff, the South Whidbey School District announced it has reduced 6.5 teaching and administration positions. The cuts will go into effect at the end of the school year.

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