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LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Holiday House makes a difference for many

  • Dec 12, 2015 at 2:00PM

Editor, Holiday House opens next week to ensure every child has a chance to experience the joy of the season. Each year a store is created where income eligible families can shop for special toys and gifts for their children. We’d like to thank everyone who has contributed so far by offering to volunteer, bake treats, shop for toys and donate funds.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Bailey’s store story stoked childhood memories

  • Dec 12, 2015 at 12:00PM

Editor, Your Wednesday article about the new owner of Bailey’s Corner Store interested me. It brought back old childhood memories. I was born in 1935 in a small house in the woods behind the store. I grew up in the 1940s about a half mile down the road on what is now part of the Hammons Reserve. Bailey’s store was the favorite (and only) watering hole for us neighborhood kids.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Thanks for speaking up and not just shrugging

  • Dec 12, 2015 at 10:00AM

Editor, Applause for your editorial in the Wednesday, Dec. 2 Record, “The ends never justify the means,” and for speaking up when you could have just shrugged. JANIE PULSIFER Freeland

PUBLISHER'S COLUMN | Trump train leading us down a scary track

  • Dec 12, 2015 at 6:00AM

The Trump train has been chugging along for months, spewing idiotic and, sometimes, vitriolic remarks that leave one scratching their head. At first, it seemed his campaign was destined to land in the garbage heap as he inserted his foot in his mouth time and again.

Washington State Patrol car collides with pickup at Oak Harbor intersection

  • Dec 12, 2015 at 2:00PM

Melissa Alexander and her 2-year-old son were doing of one his favorite activities Wednesday night — watching the traffic zoom by Highway 20 from his bedroom window. That’s when the Oak Harbor woman saw a state trooper heading north in an SUV flip on his lights and attempt to make a U-turn at the intersection of Highway 20 and Whidbey Avenue.

History corner | December 23, 1965 and December 9, 2000

  • Dec 12, 2015 at 12:00PM

The following are segments of stories taken from the front pages of the Whidbey Island Record 50 and 15 years ago on Thursday, Dec. 23, 1965 and Saturday, Dec. 9, 2000.

Oak Harbor Haggen among stores on auction block

  • Dec 12, 2015 at 12:00PM

Oak Harbor’s Haggen store is among the 33 “core” locations that the Bellingham-based grocery chain won court approval last week to try selling as part of its bankruptcy. Though the auction could spell the end of Haggen as a grocery company, it does not necessarily dictate the Oak Harbor store’s closure and the possible loss of 85-plus jobs, or even the end of the Haggen name on grocery stores, one expert said.

Festival of Lessons and Carols debuts next week

  • Dec 12, 2015 at 12:00PM

The children and adult choirs of St. Hubert Church in Langley will present a Festival of Lessons and Carols for Advent at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20 at the church, located on the corner of De Bruyn and Third Street in Langley.

Freeland man faces indecent liberties charge for alleged 2014 sex assault

  • Dec 12, 2015 at 10:00AM

A 58-year-old Freeland resident is facing a felony charge for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman while she was sleeping, according to court documents.

Delivery truck snaps phone line while rounding corner of Oak Harbor intersection

  • Dec 12, 2015 at 4:00PM

A delivery truck caught a phone line as it rounded the corner at the intersection of Midway Boulevard and Whidbey Avenue in Oak Harbor Wednesday morning.

Old Langley fire station sign to stay on exterior wall of firehouse

  • Dec 12, 2015 at 6:00PM

The Langley fire station sign hung on the exterior wall of Callahan’s Firehouse on Second Street will stay there.

Seatac Shuttle agreement OK’d by Langley City Council

  • Dec 11, 2015 at 6:00PM

Langley will be on display along the I-5 corridor between Whidbey Island and Seattle thanks to an approved agreement with Whidbey-Seatac Shuttle.

Nichols Brothers secures $94.8 million deal to build two 100-cabin ships

  • Dec 11, 2015 at 4:00PM

Nichols Brothers Boat Builders will be busy for the next two and half years thanks in part to the recent signing of a $94.8 million contract with marine-based travel company Lindblad Expedition Holdings.

Holiday House keeps giving to Whidbey families in need

  • Dec 12, 2015 at 2:00PM

Whenever the holiday season rolls around, Holiday House is there to lend a helping hand.

Exiting planner to get $17K, plus recommendation letter from mayor McCarthy

  • Dec 11, 2015 at 4:00PM

Langley will pay its former planning director more than $17,000 as part of a separation and severance package.

Men charged with laser assault; police chief hurts finger in scuffle

  • Dec 11, 2015 at 6:00PM

Two South Whidbey men are facing felony charges related to an incident this summer in which a Langley police officer was hit with a laser in the face and the police chief hurt his middle finger, court documents indicate.

Girls hoops off to fast start after league win

  • Dec 11, 2015 at 6:00PM

South Whidbey girls basketball is 3-1 overall and 1-0 in Cascade Conference play after beating Sultan 38-21 on Dec. 9 on the road.

Boys basketball drops first game of season

  • Dec 11, 2015 at 6:00PM

South Whidbey boys basketball lost to 1A Cascade Conference foe Sultan 77-60 on Dec. 9 on the road.

Grapplers place fourth at Return of the Seahawk

  • Dec 11, 2015 at 4:00PM

As a freshman at Vashon Island High School, now-South Whidbey sophomore Julian Fifield went toe to toe with some of the Class 1A powerhouse program’s best wrestlers.

Weekend fire destroys South Whidbey workshop

  • Dec 11, 2015 at 8:33AM

A South Whidbey man is out more than $25,000 after a fire destroyed a backyard workshop last week. The blaze was reported around 8 p.m. Saturday at a home on April Drive, which is near Deer Lake between Bayview and Langley. Firefighters arrived to find the wooden structure engulfed in flames.

Sanctuary, relocation, ‘cruelty’ pondered by Langley rabbit group

  • Dec 10, 2015 at 12:59PM

Finding a way to address the concerns of property owners in Langley has remained as challenging as trying to catch the rascally rabbits at the heart of the citywide issue.

$83.2M Island County budget includes tax raises

  • Dec 9, 2015 at 4:00PM updated Dec 10, 2015 at 10:19AM

The Board of Island County Commissioners on Monday enacted an $83.2 million budget for next year and agreed to raise some additional taxes through three levies.

Planning director of Langley resigns, city offers severance deal

  • Dec 9, 2015 at 6:00AM updated Dec 10, 2015 at 9:17AM

The Langley City Council accepted the resignation of city planning Director Michael Davolio and OK’d a severance package on Monday, but the public will have to wait a week before learning the details of the agreement.

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