Kate Daniel

Secretary of Defense makes surprise appearance at Highland Games

Amidst a sea of tartan and the swell of bagpipes, thousands gathered Saturday for the 17th annual Whidbey Island Highland Games.

Warming center for homeless to open in Langley

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

Art project aims to promote global friendship

Walking along First Street or Cascade Avenue in Langley this weekend, passerby may have noticed a colorful new 150-foot-long art installation. The Northwest Language Academy recently teamed up with the city of Langley to promote what Josette Hendrix, Northwest Language Academy founder and director, is referring to as a “global friendship art project.

South Whidbey artists show works at Brackenwood

Since Rene Neff, who is also a city councilwoman, opened Brackenwood in 2009 it has been home to several renowned Pacific Northwest artists. Day, a sculptor with 40 years of professional art experience who has been living in both Istanbul and China for the past six years, is returning to Langley for the month of August to show his works at Brackenwood before returning overseas. He is joined by two other featured artists, Langley resident Pete Jordan and Freeland resident Ginny O'Neill.

Special needs student crowned South Whidbey prom queen

Like many high school seniors, Talia Petosa had long dreamed of attending her high school prom, a traditional adolescent threshold revered as a hallmark moment of soon-to-be graduates’ academic careers, and an evening of memories to reflect upon for years to come. As she donned her silky light pink and cream-colored gown, combed her hair and stepped into her shoes, Talia Petosa had no idea she would soon experience an extra special crowning moment.

High school band hosts evening of pop hits, big band dance

The South Whidbey High School band will host an evening of song and dance in a fundraising event to repair and replace instruments.

Whidbey woodworkers show at Woodpalooza

If a tree falls in a Whidbey forest, Pat McVay will hear it.

Parade brings out the crowds, sun to Maxwelton

The sun shone warmly and a salty sea breeze wafted through the streets as hundreds walked, peddled and drove to take in the 99th annual Maxwelton Independence Day Parade.

Underwater robotics program at South Whidbey Academy seeks funding

On a recent Wednesday afternoon, a dozen or so brightly clad South Whidbey Academy middle schoolers buzzed about on one side of Timmie Sinclair’s “bat cave” chattering, problem-solving, labeling and affixing. On the opposite end of the classroom, a group of nine high schoolers clad in black Robotics Anonymous T-shirts concentrated a similar, though somewhat more complex, project.

Sniffing out the competition: Dogs make the most of olfactory talents in K9 Nosework

Sniffing out a clue is elementary for Watson, a four-year-old wire-haired dachshund. Watson and his human handler, Madeleine Pohl, are students in Georgia Edwards’ intermediate K9 Nosework class offered through the South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District.

South End schools join stand for federal rule change

The South Whidbey School District Board of Directors is continuing its pursuit of an amendment to the No Child Left Behind Act, also known as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Artist works on pinball mecca

Tim Leonard, owner of Heavy Metal Works in Langley, restores pinball machines which can be found in local venues such as the Whibdey Children's Theater and Callahan's Firehouse.

Woodworker launches campaign to fund eco-friendly business

With his feet, Walter Dill once danced agilely across the bamboo floor of a dance studio with quick, precise movements; with his hands, decades later, he uses the same precision and agility — and the same bamboo flooring — to create architecturally bold home accessories.

South Whidbey School District to consider transgender student policy

South Whidbey School District’s board of directors will meet today to discuss the potential adoption or update of policies regarding transgender students, nondiscrimination, Disability History Month, notification of isolation or restraint of students with Individualized Education or Section 504 plans and several other topics as well.

Saying goodbye to Lulu; South Whidbey family considers dog part of the pack

Lulu would do anything for her girls. Though she isn’t biologically related, or even of the same species, the 2-year-old boxer, with her soft white and penny-colored hair and big brown eyes, is an integral part of the Jones family. She’s one of the kids along with 5-year-old Gretta and 9-year old Grace, her loving pals and playmates, said owner and mom Mandy Jones.

Young thespians learn life lessons

In a bright orange, 2,400-square-foot canvas tent propped in the field behind Langley Middle School, a handful of young thespians are learning the importance of being earnest.

Teachers, students protest state funding issues on South Whidbey

South Whidbey School District educators protested the state’s lack of funding for public schools with a walk-out on Wednesday.

Trinity hires first female pastor

Elizabeth Felt was called to the ministry at an early age, but being female, she didn’t see pastorship as a viable career option. On March 1, Felt’s dream was realized when she was installed as the first female pastor of Freeland’s Trinity Lutheran Church.

Discovering the toxins in furniture, bodies featured in film at Clyde

The Ecumenical Greening Congregations of South Whidbey are sponsoring a showing of the film, “Toxic Hot Seat,” which addresses the “ubiquitous presence” of chemical and flame retardants in furniture, carpets and the human body.

Are you afraid of the dark? Legion haunted house holds ghouls, ghosts, gore

South Whidbey is conjuring up some delightfully frightful Halloween festivities. Langley in particular is aflutter with Halloween activity, from the wooden ravens standing guard around the city to the numerous spooky celebrations to come.