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Two teens die in crash

  • Mar 13, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:08PM

Two teenagers were killed in a single-car accident on Third Street just outside Langley late Monday afternoon.

Educated, working and suddenly hungry

  • Mar 11, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:08PM

Michele Heintz received a phone call that her nephews had been placed in foster care. Something had to be done. Suddenly, the woman who worked full-time with people with mental and physical disabilities became the mother of two boys with special needs. She had to give up her job and rearrange her universe.

Deputy may face criminal charges in 911 hang-up incident

  • Mar 11, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:08PM

A criminal case is pending against the Island County deputy who allegedly failed to respond to a 911-hang-up call last month in Freeland. Jay Wallace, a deputy sheriff and a candidate for Island County sheriff, has been under investigation for allegedly ignoring a 911 hang-up call from a woman being held prisoner in a home near Freeland Park last month. The woman escaped the morning after being held hostage and called police from a nearby park.

Marriage of artistry and business sense

  • Mar 11, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:08PM

In the heart of South Whidbey a small company is doing big business. It brings together the largest collection of artisan and designer functional art products available in North America.

Firefighter challenges Columbia Tower

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:08PM

It was an endurance test for a South Whidbey firefighter and a cancer survivor to climb 69 floors wearing 60 pounds of gear. On March 5, Jon Gabelein, volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician for Island county Fire District 3, tested his mettle along with more than 1,000 other firefighters in the 20th annual Columbia Tower Climb.

Duke LeBaron unseats district chairman

  • Mar 8, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:07PM

Everell "Duke" LeBaron has won a seat on the Whidbey Island Conservation District, beating current district chairman Leonard C. "Len" Engle of Coupeville by three votes.

Islanders wow judges with award-winning jazz performances

  • Mar 8, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:07PM

There is something happening on the jazz scene on South Whidbey. Move over Garfield High School — the perennial heavy hitter among high school jazz bands— and make room for some top notch jazz musicians from South Whidbey.

Commissioners delay decision

  • Mar 8, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:07PM

The Board of Island County Commissioners wants to compare apples to apples. In this case, it means comparing the Freeland Comprehensive Sewer Plan with the Main Street Sewer System. On Monday, commissioners delayed their decision until March 20 on which sewer plan will best serve Freeland for the next 20 years.

Record publisher announces plan for outreach forums

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:07PM

Get ready to give, and take. That’s the idea behind “The Exchange,” a new series of bimonthly community discussions devoted to hot local issues on South Whidbey. Record Publisher Sherry Mays announced the start of the series of speaker forums this week.

House OKs keeping farm plans secret

  • Mar 5, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:07PM

The state House of Representatives has unanimously passed a bill that would put farm plans off-limits to public review. The new law has already passed the Senate, but since it was amended in the House, it will go back for another vote in the Senate.

Two square off for commissioner's seat

  • Mar 5, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:07PM

It's a rematch years in the making. Everell “Duke” LeBaron of Langley is running for a seat on the board of directors for the Whidbey Island Conservation District against Leonard C. "Len" Engle of Coupeville.

South Whidbey student hits the height of Eagle

  • Mar 1, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:07PM

A table was set up in the foyer of the Christian Missionary Alliance Church on Saturday, covered with visual memories of a young man’s adventures as a Boy Scout.

Board hires new leader

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:07PM

Fred McCarthy of Seattle was hired Monday as the new superintendent for South Whidbey School District. McCarthy, 59, will replace Superintendent Robert Brown, who is retiring June 30.

Mussel mania kicks off for twentieth year in Coupeville

  • Mar 1, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:07PM

Coupeville is celebrating its famous mussels this weekend. The Penn Cove Mussel Festival will take place this Saturday and Sunday in Coupeville. The organizers have planned a fun weekend, rain or shine, with lots to do indoors and out. The festival is in its twentieth year. People can enjoy cooking demonstrations, entertainment, tasting, live music, and of course, fresh mussels.

Former pastor defrocked

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:07PM

The Vatican has defrocked a former Langley priest accused of sexual misconduct. The Archdiocese of Seattle announced Monday that Gerald Moffat, 75, is permanently barred from the priesthood, stripped of his title and prohibited from wearing clerical robes. Moffat served at St. Hubert from 1992 until 2002, when he was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation of molestation charges that had been leveled against him.

Islanders condemn

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:07PM

Islanders fear that the local economy and motorcyclists will be hit hardest by a proposed ferry fare increase. More than 25 residents assembled Wednesday at the Freeland Lutheran Trinity Church to express their concerns. The Washington State Transportation Commission and its Tariff Policy Committee is currently collecting public comment on the 2006 Tariff proposal to raise prices. A general fare increase of 6 percent plus nickel rounding is suggested, effective May 1. As an example, the Clinton-Mukilteo Passenger Fare would rise from $3.60 to $3.85. The car and driver fare would jump from $6.30 to $6.65.


  • Feb 25, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:07PM

Just the thought of it can cause a craving for that sweet, delectable substance. It is craved by many, addictive to some, disliked by a scant few. On that simple concept Mona Newbauer has built a successful business here on Whidbey Island. She owns and operates Island Angel Chocolates.

Parks works to decide future use of 200-acre land acquisition

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:06PM

Developing a plan for 200 acres of forestland is a big project. But the South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District will get a little help from the experts at the National Park Service to design a plan for the district’s newest property acquisition, expected sometime later this year.

Teachers petition in protest of superintendent finalists

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:06PM

Teachers at the South Whidbey schools are saying give Sally Harrison a chance. They are petitioning to have the former Intermediate School principal on the short list for the superintendent’s job. Harrison, who served as principal from 1988 to 1991, was among the seven finalists for the job, but failed to make this week’s final round of interviews.

Longtime Children’s Center director makes her move

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:06PM

It may not seem like such a major move, but it is. After 25 years, Mully Mullally is stepping away from her position as director of the South Whidbey Children’s Center. It’s a big move for Mullally, someone so synonymous with childcare that she’s been called the Mother Theresa for South End kids.

South Whidbey’s beloved helping hand passes away

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:06PM

Richard Tilkin, a South Whidbey man known as much for his sense of humor as his sense of compassion, died unexpectedly at home Tuesday. He was 66.

Records name deputy involved in 911-call review

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:06PM

The Island County Sheriff has confirmed the name of the deputy as Jay Wallace, who may have failed to follow procedures and answer a 911-hang up call from a Freeland residence where a woman was allegedly being assaulted and held against her will last weekend. A dispatch report also identifies Wallace as the responding officer.

Beach Watchers win volunteer honors from Washington state

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:06PM

Two Beach Watchers contingents from Island County were recognized as top volunteer groups Thursday by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. The Beach Watchers of Island County and the Beach Watchers of Camano Island received awards from State Parks Director Rex Derr in a ceremony under the dome at the Capitol.

New antique mall holds many treasures

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:06PM

Replacing a cracked old drinking glass started it all. It wasn’t just any old glass, but Depression-era glassware that had been passed down to Pat Egging from his mother. The set was missing a few pieces.

Man charged for imprisoning, assaulting woman

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:06PM

Charges were filed Monday in Island County Superior Court against a Bellingham man for tying, assaulting and threatening to kill a woman at his family cabin in Freeland last week.

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