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Deputy fired over 911 calls

  • Apr 12, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:11PM

Island County Sheriff Mike Hawley has fired Deputy Jay Wallace for failing to respond to 911 hang up calls from a Freeland residence. “Deputy Jay Wallace was terminated for good cause in accordance with Civil Service rules,” Hawley said. “Wallace was notified of the decision late yesterday afternoon.”

Children’s theatre pulls a rabbit out of a camp

  • Apr 12, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:11PM

Every kid looks forward to getting a break from school. But for some kids, spring break can turn into spring boredom. The Whidbey Children’s Theatre has just the remedy for kids ages 7 to 12. The theatre is offering a spring break day camp to give kids something to do that is both entertaining and productive.

Beach Watchers rescue kayakers: Activists help pluck pair from frigid Saratoga Passage

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:11PM

A fundraiser turned into a rescue mission as the Island County Beach Watchers pulled two kayakers from the frigid waters off the coast of South Whidbey Saturday. The group was on a whale watching tour to raise money for their discovery center. They had cruised just north of Langley when Sherry Asmus suddenly saw something splashing and flapping in the water.

Citizen responders graduate from CERT

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:11PM

Think you’d know what to do if a major earthquake struck Whidbey Island? Not San Francisco, L.A. or Seattle, but right here at home. Consider this scenario: An earthquake registering big time on the Richter scale hits. In your neighborhood there are power lines down, electricity out, gas mains damaged, homes destroyed, roadways and streets impassable.

District names new principal

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:11PM

The South Whidbey Board of Education has approved the hiring choice of Superintendent Bob Brown for Langley Middle School principal. Hired was Rod Merrell, an assistant principal in Mountlake Terrace.

Langley Chamber goes whale hunting

  • Apr 8, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:11PM

ou know you have a great crowd if the group goes whale watching, the whales don’t show, and everybody still has a great time. Langley Chamber of Commerce members spent Wednesday evening cruising Saratoga Passage at the second chamber social, an event created for networking outside the business atmosphere.

Storm catches adventure ed students by surprise

  • Apr 8, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:11PM

Adventure education took on a new meaning for 19 Langley Middle School students this week. Students and six chaperones spent a wet, cold night in the mountains in northern California when winter weather trapped them overnight.

Freeland looks at cityhood

  • Apr 8, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:11PM

Freeland could become the second largest city on Whidbey Island. A local group of volunteers is exploring the possibility of incorporating the rural community. Residents in the Freeland area may get to vote on the idea as early as next spring.

Island Rose Skin Care adds cosmetics line

  • Apr 8, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:11PM

Relaxation starts upon entering the Island Rose Skin Care Retreat in Langley. The serene atmosphere and the smell of lavender and vanilla in the air invite customers to leave their stress at the door and dive into a relaxing mind and body experience.

Commissioners tackle Langley fuel dock

  • Apr 8, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:11PM

The idea is simplicity itself: Build a fuel dock at the Langley marina and transient boaters en route from points south to north will come. And as long as they’re here, hopefully they will spend money in the town’s businesses to help fuel the economy.

‘Ms. B’s’ advice for writers: Just do it!

  • Apr 5, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:11PM

The day Barbara Moran reported for her new job as reporter for the Atlanta Constitution, her editor said two things: “You the new kid?” There was a pause. “We got a triple murder out in Flippen. Get on it!”

Speaker says a strong local economy keeps community healthy

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:10PM

Shop local, invest local, think local and thus make the Whidbey Island economy the backbone of a healthy community. Michael Shuman, a nationally known attorney and economist, spoke before a captivated South Whidbey audience Tuesday morning, providing tips and tricks to turn the local economy into a success story.

County commissioners set deadlines for farmers

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:10PM

Farmers will have 18 months to complete custom farm plans after Island County adopts new rules that regulate agriculture activities near environmentally sensitive spots. Island County Commissioners unanimously approved a set of deadlines for farmers Monday as they adopted amendments to the county’s controversial new farm regulations.

Pair looks for others to share Smilin’ Dog memories

  • Apr 1, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:10PM

The South End is still buzzing over the sudden closing of the beloved Smilin’ Dog coffee house a week ago. Some people in Langley have begun decorating the classic Smilin’ Dog truck with flowers to express their gratitude for Marty Fernandez and Peg Moe, who ran the cafe for five years.

Langley’s ex-harbormaster pleads guilty to theft

  • Apr 1, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:10PM

Langley’s ex-harbormaster Eric Lambour has pleaded guilty to second-degree theft charges. Lambour’s guilty plea came just after Island County Prosecutor Josh Choate had filed a motion to amend the charge against the former city of Langley employee to first-degree theft.

Clinton man digs deep to launch business

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:10PM

Construction can be challenging on South Whidbey due to drainage, waste-water issues, soil properties and conditions. A man who knows all about these challenges is Todd Nysether.

Small-mart vs. Wal-Mart:

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:10PM

Many South Whidbey families make their weekly trips up north to Wal-Mart or east to the mainland. They pack the kids into the mini-van and take a 45-minute drive to Oak Harbor or head off island to shop more competitively.

Peace sign, anti-war slogans stir debate

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:10PM

The South Whidbey Board of Education was hit by a perfect storm Monday night when citizens and staff members gathered to protest the hiring process for the new Langley Middle School principal, the firing of the girl’s basketball coach and the high school’s decision to ban peace signs on shirts displaying the names of the American men and women killed in Iraq.

Three cats to replace dearly departed Smilin’ Dog

  • Mar 29, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:10PM

Three cats will take the place of a smiling dog. The new tenants for the cafe space at the Bayview Cash Store are Tamar and Gene Felton, owners of the Star Store in Langley. The cafe will be called the 3CATS CAFÉ, Tamar Felton said

Open up hearts and get out the hammers

  • Mar 29, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:10PM

Strength in numbers is the name of the game in a powerful one-day volunteer event. Now is the time to sign up for the Hearts and Hammers annual work day on May 6 and take part in one of the largest community endeavors on the South End. Raffle tickets can also be purchased to win a special house-themed quilt to benefit the program.

New tenants announced for Smilin' Dog space

  • Mar 27, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:09PM

The new tenants for the cafe space at the Bayview Cash Store will be Tamar and Gene Felton, the owners of the Star Store in Langley.

Girls basketball coach at South Whidbey High fired

  • Mar 27, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:09PM

Late Thursday afternoon, South Whidbey girls basketball coach John Pyrtek stopped by athletic director John Patton’s office to discuss the upcoming summer basketball schedule. When he left, he was out of a job.

South Whidbey’s offbeat cafe Smilin’ Dog is put to sleep

  • Mar 25, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:09PM

It was a typical morning at a South Whidbey institution. Every seat at the Smilin’ Dog is filled. People sip on their coffee. They chat, visit, trade the latest South End news and gossip.

Schools bans peace signs during protest

  • Mar 25, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:09PM

Peace signs — the ubiquitous symbol of the 1960s — have been banned at South Whidbey High School when used to protest the Iraq War.

Local landscaper acquires cutting-edge machine

  • Mar 24, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:09PM

Like a hunger-crazed monster, the machine chomps through the dense brush and trees along East Harbor Road in Freeland, leaving a fully cleared lot in its wake. Landscaper Bruce Bell sits inside the enclosed cabin of his ASV FAE Mulcher, driving it through the dense underbrush as it takes a deep bite out of the thick blackberries and small trees. The vegetation is ground up and turned back into the ground as bark and mulch.

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