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EDITORIAL | Smoking is bad for people, but leave that decision to adults

  • Jan 24, 2015 at 6:00AM

Coming up with laws that pander to the masses has long been a way that lawmakers and other public officials try to grab easy votes. Just pick something most people like or don’t like and target it.

Both drivers walk away from Harbor Avenue crash

  • Jan 23, 2015 at 1:09PM

The drivers of a near head-to-head two-car crash in Freeland on Friday both escaped serious injury.

Appointment prompts concern about port transparency

  • Jan 21, 2015 at 4:17PM

The appointment of a hand-picked commissioner to the Port of Coupeville last week raised questions about whether the public agency conducts business in an open and transparent manner.

Helping Hand picks up Langley roots, relocates to Freeland

  • Jan 21, 2015 at 12:25PM

Helping Hand of South Whidbey is moving. The longtime Langley-based organization will relocate to the community building on the campus of Trinity Lutheran Church in Freeland the last weekend of January.

Homelessness remains a problem on South End

  • Jan 21, 2015 at 8:00AM updated at 10:15AM

All Jennifer Cambra wanted for Christmas was a home for her family, enough gas to drive her ailing mother to the doctor and a sense of security for her 10-year-old twins.

EDITORIAL | Setting The Record straight about public records requests

  • Jan 20, 2015 at 2:34PM

Two weeks ago, The Record published a story about the South Whidbey School District’s new policy of identifying anyone and everyone who makes public records requests online. It was a lengthy piece that covered a lot of ground: The policy itself, the ongoing legal battle with a former teacher who is at the heart of the district’s move, the legality of identifying requestors according to a state Attorney General’s Office expert, past legislation, what other cities and school districts are doing, and of course the position of school board members.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | We are whitewashing Dr. Martin Luther King

  • Jan 21, 2015 at 2:00PM

Editor, We do a disservice to Dr. King when we commemorate his life and ignore the prophetic message he left behind. Our too-often sanitized remembrance focuses on his quest for civil rights. What is being whitewashed from Dr. King’s legacy is his message about war and growing militarism.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Story, public support keep church splitting

  • Jan 21, 2015 at 12:00PM

Editor, The members of South Whidbey Community Church would like to thank many wonderful people who donated to replace our stolen log splitter.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Pedestrians should take appropriate precautions

  • Jan 21, 2015 at 10:00AM

Editor, On Tuesday, Jan. 13, I was appalled and not just a little scared, for there were people walking along Highways 525 and 20 about 5:30 p.m. going north on the right side of the road in the dark. Two different groups around Houston and Race Roads.

South Whidbey residents honor King by giving back

  • Jan 21, 2015 at 12:00PM

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, about 20 South Whidbey residents gathered at the Good Cheer Garden for a day of service Monday morning. One of Dr. King’s famous quotes reads, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’ ” Each year, Americans across the country take time on their day off from school or work to serve the betterment of their communities. This year, President Barack Obama also issued an address urging Americans “to observe this day with appropriate civic, community, and service projects in honor of Dr. King.”

Ways of whales set for Saturday in Coupeville

  • Jan 21, 2015 at 2:00PM

It's that time of year again when Whidbey Islanders will gather to talk about whales, whales and more whales. Orca Network's annual Ways of Whales Workshop is 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, in the Coupeville Middle School Performing Arts Center, 501 S. Main St., Coupeville. A special screening of the new documentary "Fragile Waters" will follow at the Nordic Lodge.

Second-half rally carries Falcon girls over Turks

  • Jan 21, 2015 at 4:00PM

Facing the prospect of its seventh consecutive loss, the South Whidbey girls basketball team buckled down on defense late, hit some crucial three-point shots and rallied to defeat Sultan 44-41 Friday night.

Turks burst SWHS boys’ win streak

  • Jan 21, 2015 at 6:00PM

Sultan used a 20-point third quarter while holding South Whidbey to eight points to take a 52-32 lead before winning 67-50 Friday night.

State Rep. Hayes tapped by GOP

  • Jan 20, 2015 at 6:00PM

District 10 state Rep. Dave Hayes, R-Camano, is now an assistant whip for the Washington State Republican Caucus, according to a recent news release.

Amphitheater to be considered by South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District

  • Jan 20, 2015 at 4:00PM

The South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District is considering the installation of a new amphitheater.

SW Elementary students read for a chance to win a bike

  • Jan 20, 2015 at 6:00PM

Four lucky students will have the opportunity to win a new bike courtesy of the Freemasons of Langley.

Langley's hand-carved sign gets new home

  • Jan 21, 2015 at 4:00PM

The carved sign that once greeted visitors at the junction of Langley and Maxwelton Roads has a new home at the Langley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors’ Center.

South Whidbey School District recaps capital spending

  • Jan 21, 2015 at 6:00PM

South Whidbey School District officials discussed a recap and update of its maintenance and operations levy fund usage for the 2013-14 school year at a workshop last week.

Clinton son achieves spot on Gonzaga University honors list

  • Jan 21, 2015 at 10:00AM

Clinton resident Gavin Imes earned a place on the Gonzaga University President’s List for fall semester 2014. In order to receive a spot on the list, students must earn between a 3.7 and 4.0 grade-point average.

Island Transit board sees new leadership

  • Jan 21, 2015 at 6:00AM

Island Transit is changing gears for 2015. After a year marked by controversy and trouble, the transportation agency’s staff and board of directors are going full speed ahead with what may turn out to be some major changes later this year.

Rite Aid’s purchase of Freeland pharmacy now official

  • Jan 21, 2015 at 6:00AM

The deal is done. Linds Pharmacy in Freeland is now officially a Rite Aid. The national drug store chain has been in the process of purchasing the longtime and locally owned South Whidbey pharmacy for months, and the acquisition wrapped up late last week when operations formally changed hands. Wasting no time, the old Linds sign came down that very afternoon and a new Rite Aid sign went up.

Rep. Rick Larsen backs Whidbey Navy base, touts transportation

  • Jan 20, 2015 at 4:00PM

A few months after winning re-election, Congressman Rick Larsen touted transportation as his focus this year and maintained his advocacy of NAS Whidbey Island during a visit to Langley Saturday.

Scholarly LARPers hold first battle

  • Jan 20, 2015 at 4:00PM

Queen Kristina Madrid and King Bryce Auburn assembled their warriors, readied their weapons and prepared to charge into battle. Cries of friendly provocation and excitement rang out as a group of nine South Whidbey High School students rushed towards one another from opposite sides of the field at Castle Park, swords raised, axes — and one comically large fake lobster claw — wielded.

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