Keven Graves

Keven posted 22 stories to South Whidbey Record.
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PUBLISHER’S COLUMN | Graduates, never allow anyone to take away from your potential to succeed

I wasn’t a standout student in high school. Being painfully shy, I was happy to blend into the sea of boisterous classmates, decorated lockers and school spirit posters. When I played, I didn’t excel at football or wrestling. When I graduated, I was mostly relieved to have that part of my life behind me. It was during high school, however, that I figured out how to apply my talent for writing to something that I believe in and love.

  • Jun 10th, 2016 11:19pm

PUBLISHER’S COLUMN | Consider public office in Island County for Filing Week

I had a good conversation with a local political figure the other day. We touched on a lot of topics, but didn’t venture much into politics. Politics have never been my favorite subject. Though I’ve voted since turning 18, I rarely enter into political discussions with anyone outside my immediate family.

  • May 13th, 2016 10:36pm

PUBLISHER’S COLUMN | Best of Whidbey is fun and engaging

Voting for Best of Whidbey 2016 is under way. The annual contest is a fun and engaging way for readers of the South Whidbey Record to pick their favorite businesses, foods, drinks,people and more. Last year, nearly 3,000 people cast more than 69,750 votes online. Additional votes were submitted via the print editions of the South Whidbey Record, Whidbey News-Times and The Whidbey Examiner.

  • May 3rd, 2016 9:56pm

PUBLISHER’S COLUMN | How your newspaper works — in a nutshell

For those of us who work at the newspaper, it’s easy to forget that it isn’t always obvious to readers how things get into the paper, and who decides where things go. First, the key thing to remember is editorial and advertising are separate departments for key, ethical reasons. An easy way to remember the difference is that anything involving money is handled by advertising, and anything that doesn’t is handled by editorial.

  • Mar 23rd, 2016 6:00pm

PUBLISHER’S COLUMN | Trump train leading us down a scary track

The Trump train has been chugging along for months, spewing idiotic and, sometimes, vitriolic remarks that leave one scratching their head. At first, it seemed his campaign was destined to land in the garbage heap as he inserted his foot in his mouth time and again.

  • Dec 11th, 2015 11:38pm

PUBLISHER’S COLUMN | Best of Whidbey lets people pick their faves

The Whidbey News Group’s annual Best of Whidbey Readers Choice Awards is off to a strong start. For the next several weeks, we will be accepting votes online. We also published a paper ballot this past week for those who don’t have access to the Internet. The paper ballots turned in by the deadline will be combined with the online vote tallies.

  • May 12th, 2015 11:24pm

PUBLISHER’S COLUMN | By the numbers: A celebration of 91 years and counting

As the South Whidbey Record reflects on 91 years of continuously serving this community, we’re taking time to reflect on what that means, and our role as your local newspaper. Self-promotion is not a strong suit for community newspapers. We are great at tooting others’ horns, but very rarely our own.

  • May 1st, 2015 10:16pm

PUBLISHER’S COLUMN | Opinion page meant for variety of views

Funny thing about opinions — we don’t always have to agree with them. Such is the case with letters to the editor and editorial cartoons. I received a letter last week from a newer Whidbey News-Times reader who didn’t like recent letters critical of President Obama. He said the writers’ comments were “tired” and “cliché.”

  • Aug 29th, 2014 9:59pm

PUBLISHER’S COLUMN | Newspaper stories make a difference

Reporters and editors often half-jokingly remark amongst themselves that they don’t become journalists for the money. That’s drummed into journalism students starting in college. A professor told a group of us first-year Journalism 101 students to consider another major if money was the driving factor in our career choice.

  • Aug 19th, 2014 9:41pm

Publisher’s Column | Keep telling us what you want in the SWR

Not only are we adding new online-only subscribers, we’re seeing growth in our print subscriptions as well.

  • Jul 7th, 2014 5:11pm

PUBLISHER’S COLUMN | Anchor recovery a captivating story

Whether the rusty, barnacle-encrusted anchor gingerly raised from the swift waters off of Whidbey Island is truly a relic of Captain George Vancouver’s expedition remains to be seen. Nonetheless, the anchor’s recovery is a story of dedication, determination, mystery and adventure. In summary, it contains all of the elements of an engaging story.

  • Jun 10th, 2014 10:45pm

PUBLISHER’S COLUMN | Best of Whidbey launches on South End

Did you hear the starting pistol? The annual Best of Whidbey is underway. A true reader’s choice awards, winners proudly display their certificates won over the years in their respective businesses. You also see the official Best of Whidbey logo in advertising.

  • May 30th, 2014 11:18pm

PUBLISHER’S COLUMN | Share the cold, hard facts about impacts of heroin

I was raised not to use the world “hate.” My mother used to say, if you “dislike” something, don’t say “hate.” Most of the time I’m conscientious of that little rule. Most of the time.

  • Apr 25th, 2014 11:27pm

PUBLISHER’S COLUMN | Online news, a service that’s worth paying for

For 90 years, the South Whidbey Record has provided loyal readers with coverage they can count on. The industry has been transformed countless times during that century, changing from hot-lead presses to giant floppy disks to all-desktop. Now, approaching our second century, newspapers are finding a place on the Internet.

  • Apr 12th, 2014 4:00pm

PUBLISHER’S COLUMN | Attack on Christian values was a low blow

Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve certainly has a right to voice an opinion. The group has the right to file a federal lawsuit if members believe they’ve been wronged, and they did just that. However, COER can’t expect that everyone will agree with their position, or that others might not hold an opposing viewpoint.

  • Dec 28th, 2013 8:07pm

PUBLISHER’S COLUMN | Even island ‘Mean Girls’ have a voice

Politics is a blood sport on Whidbey Island. Within weeks of my arrival here nearly nine months ago, I managed to upset the local Tea Party supporters and quickly landed on their long list of “enemies.”

  • Nov 24th, 2013 7:00pm

PUBLISHER’S COLUMN | Record to move to new Freeland home

Following a brief experiment with consolidation with its sister newspapers in Coupeville, The Record found its way back to South Whidbey last year. In Langley Village, we discovered a great location, signed a one-year lease and found ourselves welcomed back into the community fold.

  • Oct 22nd, 2013 9:04pm

PUBLISHER’S COLUMN | Filing a frivolous lawsuit is not being a good watchdog

I believe watchdogs have their place in government. Too many people are apathetic about their government, local or otherwise, and that’s a sad condition of our society.

  • Oct 16th, 2013 6:32pm

EDITORIAL | Newspaper carriers are vital in getting news to your home

As you read through this edition of the South Whidbey Record, learning what’s happening in your local community, please take a moment to consider what it takes to get that newspaper into your hands. Normally, we wouldn’t even expect readers to think about all of that. However, the week of Oct. 6-12 marks National Newspaper Week, and Saturday, Oct. 12 is International Newspaper Carrier Day.

  • Oct 11th, 2013 11:30pm

PUBLISHER’S COLUMN | Change is in the wind, again

For a number of years, the newspaper industry has struggled with how to navigate the online world and continue to succeed and thrive as a business. Yes, a business.

  • Sep 27th, 2013 10:09pm

PUBLISHER’S COLUMN | Lawsuit is unlikely to result in winner

The filing of a lawsuit last week in Federal Court by the Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve for a Healthy, Safe and Peaceful Environment was akin tossing a firecracker into a hornet’s nest.

  • Jul 23rd, 2013 9:25pm

PUBLISHER’S COLUMN | Happy to be home

As the publisher of all three Whidbey Island newspapers, one of the challenging parts of the job is also one of the most enjoyable.

  • Jul 19th, 2013 3:13pm