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SHERIFF'S REPORT | A laser wielding neighbor, people shooting and an armed bicyclist

  • Jan 17, 2015 at 4:00PM

Friday, Dec. 19 4:42 a.m. — A man parked at Ken’s Korner reported that young people were following him, no matter where he went. They were in a blue Dodge or Plymouth minivan. 11:12 a.m. — A Freeland Avenue resident reported an ongoing issue of being harassed by a neighbor who shined a laser into the resident’s eyes when returning from a walk. 3:17 p.m. — A Honeymoon Lake Road resident reported that a disgruntled ex-employee followed his replacement home.

MAYOR'S BEAT | Langley mayor ruminates on “A community for a lifetime”

  • Jan 17, 2015 at 2:00PM

This is the theme that came out of the city council’s planning meetings as it prepared a budget for 2015 through a series of workshops and public hearings. In 2013 our theme was “Centennial Year.” In 2014 the theme was “A Year of Economic Development.” Having a theme for the year brings us back to our goals and objectives when the strategic improvements and initiatives that we plan are challenged by the immediate demands of emerging needs.

South Whidbey boys withstand late Lakewood surge

  • Jan 16, 2015 at 4:00PM

Despite losing a 10-point lead, South Whidbey’s boys basketball team held on for a 66-64 win over Lakewood on Tuesday night for the Falcons’ second straight win.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Self-righteous statements of auditor don’t fly

  • Jan 17, 2015 at 10:00AM

Editor, The reality of how another report prepared by our agency personnel that sits in a drawer in Olympia adds to “transparency and accountability” and “in meeting the expectations of the people they serve” as claimed by state Auditor Troy Kelly escapes me. If the report actually mattered, the state would bear the expense of mailing a copy of it to each of our customers in my sewer district.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Funicular plans deserve more consideration

  • Jan 17, 2015 at 8:00AM

Editor, I am writing in support of a pedestrian-assist between the marina/Wharf Street area and downtown/Cascade. As a design professional, volunteer facilitator for former mayor Paul Samuelson’s Wharf Street Master Plan strategies (12 months with property owners, port and city officials), a volunteer summer shuttle driver and Design Review Board member, I have observed the difficulties that pedestrians (young families, seniors, physically challenged visitors, boaters with supplies, etc.) have experienced and expressed regarding traversing Wharf Street to downtown. The journey needs to be accessible to all, not just the “fit.”

EDITOR'S COLUMN | Utilize The Record, it’s your newspaper

  • Jan 17, 2015 at 6:00AM

Of all the island’s newspapers, ours has the best name. The South Whidbey Record — it has a good ring to it, for several reasons. To start, I love that we’re The Record, rather than a times, examiner, herald or whatever. Don’t get me wrong, they’re all classic and traditional titles, but newspapers are a first draft of history, and nothing speaks to that so clearly as the word “record.” I dig that.

Clinton glass artist’s work to be featured on national TV

  • Jan 17, 2015 at 6:00PM

Glassworker Dennis Meszaros is buzzing with enthusiasm over one of his latest projects. The Clinton resident recently assisted with the build of a honeycomb-shaped treehouse in Woodinville, Wash., as a part of Animal Planet’s TV series “Treehouse Masters.”

Chat with local legislators

  • Jan 17, 2015 at 6:00PM

South Whidbey residents will have a chance to ask their state lawmakers about the happenings in Olympia this spring during telephone town hall next week.

Council works on nonprofit status

  • Jan 17, 2015 at 4:00PM

The Clinton Community Council will tackle a handful of major projects and ideas at its first meeting of 2015, scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26.

Reader boards may go electric

  • Jan 17, 2015 at 2:00PM

The South Whidbey School District may replace the high school and middle school reader boards. At a school board workshop Wednesday evening, Facilities and Operations Director Brian Miller said both boards are “falling apart,” and are highly difficult to maintain particularly during times of heavy rainfall and strong winds.

District redoes tender bid

  • Jan 17, 2015 at 12:00PM

For the second time, South Whidbey Fire/EMS is seeking bids for two new water tenders. District commissioners plan to add the vehicles to the fleet this year, and sought bids from manufacturers in 2014. Only one responded, and the quote exceeded the agency’s $300,000 budget.

Former Langley marshal’s widow gets old badge

  • Jan 14, 2015 at 6:00AM updated Jan 15, 2015 at 10:20AM

June Farrington has a host of memories and memorabilia from her deceased husband’s long career in the military and law enforcement.

SLIDESHOW | Cedarcrest surges in fourth quarter over Falcon girls hoops

  • Jan 15, 2015 at 9:00AM

South Whidbey lost the lead late as the Cedarcrest girls basketball team surged back in the final minutes to win 42-41 on Friday, Jan. 9 at South Whidbey High School.

Island County sheriff warns of mail theft

  • Jan 13, 2015 at 6:00PM

A recent rise in mail theft across Whidbey Island led the Island County Sheriff’s Office to release an official warning Tuesday morning. In an email alert, Sheriff Mark Brown wrote that thieves are looking to steal identities and/or alter checks sent in the mail.

Help needed with homeless count in Island County

  • Jan 13, 2015 at 4:00PM

Volunteers are needed to assist with the annual Homeless ‘Point in Time’ Count to be conducted on Jan. 29. The count is a nationwide event which takes place in January. It is an effort to find how many individuals are homeless in each county.

Port of South Whidbey seeks new commissioner

  • Jan 14, 2015 at 6:00PM

Qualified candidates seeking appointment as a Port of South Whidbey commissioner have until the end of the week to submit an application. A port news release this week announced the deadline is Friday, Jan. 16.

Improvements needed, but ferry leaders say agency is still successful

  • Jan 13, 2015 at 6:00PM

Despite the troubles faced by Washington State Ferries in recent years, the agency still manages to be reliable 99.5 percent of the time, according to Washington State Department of Transportation, Ferries Division, Assistant Secretary Lynne Griffith.

Victoria Clipper set for stops in Langley

  • Jan 14, 2015 at 4:00PM

The Victoria Clipper will visit Langley for whale watching tours in March and April, taking advantage of the expanded dock space in Langley. Langley Main Street Association, which works to revitalize the downtown area of Langley, announced the news in an email release Monday.

Emergency forces Clinton ferry to leave early

  • Jan 14, 2015 at 2:00PM

The 10 a.m. sailing Tuesday from Clinton departed five minutes early due to an emergency medical transport on the Tokitae. Due to this transport there was no traffic taken on the 10 a.m. departure from Mukilteo on the Kittitas. It was necessary for this vessel to clear the slip in Mukilteo to allow for the arrival of the emergency medical transport.


  • Jan 14, 2015 at 12:00PM

The following are segments of stories taken from the front page of the Whidbey Island Record 50 years ago, Thursday, Jan. 14 1965.

Never stop moving: Langley dance teacher honors her mentor’s legacy

  • Jan 14, 2015 at 10:00AM

When Langley choreographer and dance teacher Daunne Bacon Zinger herniated two of the discs of her spine, doctors told her she would likely never dance again. But Bacon Zinger heeded the words of her idol, jazz dance icon Luigi Faccuito; she never stopped moving.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Producers express their gratitude

  • Jan 14, 2015 at 4:00PM

Editor, Belated thanks to everyone who attended the first annual South Whidbey Schools Foundation Talent Show fundraiser on Sunday, Nov. 23 at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts. You made the show a huge success. To the 70 plus performers who donated their time and talent:

KUDOS | Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue welcomes new deputy chief

  • Jan 14, 2015 at 10:00AM

Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue officially welcomed a new deputy chief on Thursday, Jan. 8.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Hospital medical services are too expensive

  • Jan 14, 2015 at 2:00PM

Editor, What is it about Whidbey General Hospital that seems to garner so much bad press? Can it be the outrageous pricing structure for medical procedures performed there?

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