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Worry about jobs, environment with trade deal, crowd tells congressman

Protecting American jobs and the planet’s environment were some of the top concerns voiced at a town hall meeting in Clinton on Saturday.

Sarungano gives thanks, readies for more music development

The storytellers of Sarungano have quite the tale to tell. Dana Moffett, Leslie Breeden, Donita Crosby and Dyanne Harshman went to Zimbabwe earlier this year, largely thanks to donations and fundraising on South Whidbey, to perform with the African country’s traditional instruments and donate several to an orphanage. They have become ambassadors of music, trying to aid in the restoration of a custom stripped from the land’s native people.

A barrel of laughs and a barrel of beer: WICA hosts comedy competition, workshop, open mic

Making people laugh is a matter of truth for Ron Reid.

Clinton rallies to ready comp plan: Absentee property owners, sewers, industry cited as Clinton woes, needs

Getting people to think about Clinton’s future went hand-in-hand with discussions of current woes and challenges such as a lack of sewers, absentee property owners, and needed industry during an Island County planning meeting Thursday night.

Second Street rain garden redo may cost Langley $2,000

Overgrown grasses and dead or dying vine maple trees on Second Street became enough of an eyesore that a Langley community organization has come forward and offered to redo the city garden on its own.

First ballot count for Langley mayor puts Callison ahead by 44 votes

If his lead holds, Tim Callison will be the next mayor of Langley. According to the Island County Auditor's Office's first release of general election results Tuesday evening, Callison is cruising along with 233 votes, or 55.2 percent of the vote. By comparison, Sharon Emerson trails with 189 ballots, or 44.8 percent. It's a difference of 44 votes.

Here be dragons: WICA, Tears of Joy puppet show explains differences, acceptance — no strings attached

Art will attempt to pull at the heart strings of the audience with the help of real strings attached to puppets this Friday night. Whidbey Island Center for the Arts is bringing in a theater group to put on Kenneth Grahame’s “The Reluctant Dragon” as a puppet play in the first Family Series show of its 2015-16 season. The children’s story, first published in 1898, is about a boy who befriends a like-minded dragon. With the help of fabled dragon slayer St. George, they convince once-terrified townsfolk to accept the less-than-terrifying winged lizard.

Callison leads in Langley mayor’s race, Gardner, Fey at WGH

Tim Callison took a 44-vote lead and appears to be headed to the Langley mayor’s office in 2016. Georgia Gardner is also leading the race for Whidbey General Hospital commissioner. Early general election ballot results released from the Island County Auditor’s Office showed Callison with 233 votes. Sharon Emerson trailed with 189 ballots.

Langley agrees to long-standing Sandy Point water contract

More than 50 Sandy Point homes will continue, as they have for decades, to get water service from Langley.

Langley citizen board envisions arts-laden Seawall Park

Sculptures, a gazebo, a fountain, an eternal fire, and perhaps a better way for mobility impaired access are all part of the Langley Arts Commission’s robust, six-year, $800,000 master plan for Seawall Park.

Slight increase projected for Langley’s 2016 revenue

An uptick in property, sales and real estate taxes will mean more revenue for Langley in 2016.

Langley planning director placed on paid leave

Langley’s planning director was placed on paid administrative leave Oct. 22.

Clinton study to look at improving commercial core

Defining the market trends of South Whidbey, how they impact Clinton’s commercial core and what business and industry gaps may exist are the tall tasks ahead of a recently hired consulting company.

Unopposed Langley council candidates promise open minds, ready ears

Listening, learning and developing the economic strength further are the common threads for the three unopposed Langley City Council candidates. On the ballot in Langley this year are incumbents Bruce Allen and Robin Black, and newcomer Ursula Shoudy. Allen is seeking his second four-year term to continue the work the council and City Hall are engaged in now on infrastructure projects and economic development. Black is prepared for one of two outcomes, depending on if husband Tim Callison is elected mayor, she will either stay on the council or step down.

Dinner (and a drink) theater takes root at Taproom

Island Shakespeare Festival is coming to a tavern near you this fall, winter and spring.

Langley planning board supports four-property inclusion to UGA

Langley’s planning director and planning board are on the same page after months of disagreement over the city’s urban growth area.

Shucking oysters from the brink of death – Kitsch ‘n Bitch ready to shuck

From the brink of death 10 months ago, Sue Frause is ready to celebrate life on Whidbey Island with a bit of vino and a few oysters.

Where to get tricks, treats, sweets and footloose on South Whidbey

Ghouls, gremlins, costumes, pumpkins, dancing and the dead will all be celebrated during several Halloween and harvest festivities over the coming weeks on South Whidbey. With so many events planned, here’s a primer for what each is, where it’s happening, what it may cost (or not), and how to get involved.

Commerce, housing questions posed to Langley mayoral candidates

A 30-minute question-and-answer forum for Langley’s mayoral candidates last week wrapped the final public meeting in which Sharon Emerson and Tim Callison appeared together before the Nov. 3 election.

LaRue sisters’ business longevity, recent exit honored | KUDOS

Michele and Denise LaRue were honored for their decades of business ownership in Langley during a council meeting Monday night.