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50 YEARS AGO TODAY

  • Dec 24, 2014 at 11:00AM

The following is a segment of a story taken from the front page of the Whidbey Island Record 50 years ago, Thursday, Dec. 24, 1964.

50 YEARS AGO TODAY

  • Dec 24, 2014 at 11:00AM

The following is a segment of a story taken from the front page of the Whidbey Island Record 50 years ago, Thursday, Dec. 24, 1964.

South Whidbey kids chat about Christmas

  • Dec 24, 2014 at 1:00PM

The Record spoke with first graders at South Whidbey Elementary about Santa, the North Pole and Christmas morning rituals.

Icy streets lead to frosty merchants

  • Dec 23, 2014 at 6:00PM

The Thanksgiving weekend deep freeze led to icy roads and even more frigid feelings held by some Langley business owners. During the last regular Langley City Council meeting of the year, business owners Dan Haldeman and Kim Teller voiced their displeasure over the icy road conditions that lingered for days.

NOTABLE | Animal Hospital by the Sea to match all donations through end of 2014

  • Dec 22, 2014 at 12:00PM

The Animal Hospital by the Sea in Langley will match all donations up to $5,000 for patients in need this holiday season. The fundraising campaign begins today and goes through the end of the year.

State to reopen Holmes Harbor for short shellfish season

  • Dec 20, 2014 at 8:00AM updated Dec 21, 2014 at 9:37AM

Clammers will hit Holmes Harbor for the first time in nine years this spring, but their digging delight will be short lived.

Inslee releases budget, challenges lawmakers to do better

  • Dec 19, 2014 at 8:00PM

With opposition to Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed 2015-17 biennial budget coming from both sides of the aisle, the state’s top executive says it’s up to the Legislature to provide a better alternative. Inslee revealed his budget this week in separate portions, ending with his revenue strategy on Thursday. Staff members from Sound Publishing met later that day in Bellevue to discuss the budget with the governor.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Funicular is a researched and positive project

  • Dec 19, 2014 at 6:16PM

Editor, This letter is in response to two letters to the editor published Dec. 9 opposing the Langley funicular, which were responding to Eric Levine’s published viewpoint the week before.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | District District 2 can avoid problems ahead

  • Dec 20, 2014 at 4:00PM

Editor, For the past six years we have struggled in Diking District 1 to answer the same issues facing Diking District 2. We have learned: Diking Districts are “benefit assessment districts” and can only assess for benefits received.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Putney Woods travelers should exercise caution

  • Dec 20, 2014 at 12:00PM

Editor, Putney Woods has been devastated by the latest wind storm and is very dangerous. The Back County Horsemen put together a work party to clear downed trees, but people should be aware of widow-makers, limbs and precarious leaning trees.

SLIDESHOW | Fourth-quarter mistakes too much for Falcon boys to overcome

  • Dec 21, 2014 at 9:00AM

Granite Falls rallied from a 10-point deficit to defeat the South Whidbey boys basketball team 58-55 in Langley on Dec. 16.

EDITORIAL | Reopening of Holmes Harbor is a victory

  • Dec 20, 2014 at 10:00AM

For eight long years, Holmes Harbor has lived under a stain of poor water quality. With red signs on the beach warning people away, favorite pastimes became distant memories. But, at long last, the waters are finally clearing and state and local officials are preparing to reopen the beach for shellfish harvesting this spring.

No injuries from Oak Harbor drive-by shooting

  • Dec 20, 2014 at 10:00AM

Nobody was injured when someone fired a handgun into an Oak Harbor home and nearby vehicles this past week, according to the Oak Harbor Police Department. The Tuesday incident was the third drive-by house shooting on North Whidbey since April, but investigators don’t know if any of them are linked or what the motive might be.

Langley City Council receives pins of excellence

  • Dec 20, 2014 at 2:00PM

Mayor Fred McCarthy awarded five pins of excellence to city council members at their meeting Dec. 15. Instituted by McCarthy earlier this year, the pins are given to people for distinguished service or merit in Langley. To date, 30 have been awarded, with the five given to the council numbering 31-35.

Contest to award $1,000 prize to lucky Langley shopper

  • Dec 20, 2014 at 6:00AM

It could pay handsomely to shop locally this holiday season. Participating Langley Chamber of Commerce member businesses are offering one white ticket for each $20 spent by shoppers in their stores.

Langley Middle School races into the holidays with Elf Chase

  • Dec 19, 2014 at 6:00PM

About 80 runners gathered for Langley Middle School’s annual Elf Chase fundraiser on Saturday, Dec. 6.

South Whidbey Elementary holds food drive for Good Cheer

  • Dec 20, 2014 at 10:00AM

Students at South Whidbey Elementary School have been exhibiting the spirit of giving this season with their annual holiday food drive. The food drive began on Dec. 3 and ended Wednesday.

Island County commissioners OK service fee changes

  • Dec 20, 2014 at 9:00AM

Fees for county public health services like septic inspections and water quality testing have been increased by 8 percent as part of a comprehensive fee schedule change.

Warming center for homeless to open in Langley

  • Dec 20, 2014 at 9:00AM

South Whidbey’s homeless may have access to the area’s first warming center come January.

County cops score drugs, guns in early morning Scatchet Head raid

  • Dec 19, 2014 at 6:00PM

Deputies with the Island County Sheriff’s Office seized about $23,000 worth of drugs in an early morning raid at Scatchet Head Thursday.

Huge second quarter boosts Falcon girls over Tigers

  • Dec 20, 2014 at 8:00AM

Led by 10 girls scoring for the South Whidbey basketball team, the Falcons rolled to a 43-32 victory over Granite Falls on Tuesd

Inbound errors cost South Whidbey boys basketball

  • Dec 19, 2014 at 8:00PM

Granite Falls locked down South Whidbey in the waning minutes to recover from a six-point hole and win 58-55 Tuesday night.

Event turns 20, returns to Langley

  • Dec 20, 2014 at 8:00PM

Sound Waters is coming back to South Whidbey for its 20th anniversary. The annual event began on the South End but has been held on Central and South Whidbey for the past five years. This year’s conference is Feb. 7 at South Whidbey High School. Registration opens Jan. 4, and organizers advise participants to sign up early as classes historically fill up quickly.

Plumber turned chef cooks up new success with hot dog eatery

  • Dec 20, 2014 at 4:00PM

The handshake is the first indication that this is no ordinary hot dog vendor. Dean Parmenter’s hands have a rough feel, the byproduct of 37 years as a plumber. But the physical demands of plumbing caused Parmenter to rethink his future and reinvent himself.

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