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WICA production celebrates an enchanted opening night

‘Enchanted April’ brings a fresh spring breeze to the South End


Board tackles toned down fair zone proposal

LANGLEY — Langley’s Planning Advisory Board is concerned about impacts that new zoning for the fairgrounds could have on Langley.


Habitat for Humanity builds a home for mom and daughter

GREENBANK — It’s just a frame, the skeleton of a home, that rose this weekend at Teronda West in Greenbank, but 6-year-old Chloe can already picture her room.


Governor gets big welcome in Langley

Gov. Christine Gregoire visited Langley Monday afternoon and she had her fighting gloves on during her first official campaign stop on South Whidbey. Her message was loud and clear: She wants to see Democratic leadership in the state Senate, the governor’s mansion and the White House.

Island County Auditor reverses course: Will put tardy candidates into voter’s guide

The Island County Auditor's Office has reversed course and is now printing the candidate statements of all candidates running in the August primaries. A number of candidates in key races had missed a vital deadline for submitting their statements and pictures to the voter's guide, which will be sent to every household in the county.

Council extends development ban

LANGLEY — The Langley City Council unanimously voted Wednesday night to extend the moratorium against building in residential zones for another six months. But while it quickly became clear that the extension was a done deal, lots of talk focused on a potential new extension in December.

Good Cheer celebrates 50th birthday

It’s been half a century since a small group of friends from the St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church got together to spread some holiday “good cheer” to their less fortunate neighbors.

Candidates trade jabs in District 1 commissioner’s race

In the District 1 race for Island County Commissioner, history will be made this year. What kind of history remains to be seen.

UPDATE: Island County commissioner’s race a battle between Bakke and Gordon for second spot on ticket

It's too early to call, but first vote counts indicate that incumbent Republican Phil Bakke and no-party candidate Curt Gordon will duke it out for the second spot on the November ballot, while Democrat Helen Price Johnson took an early lead in the primary election.

City of Langley opens up more parking in Langley business core

The city of Langley nearly doubled parking on the waterside of First Street by changing the striping from parallel to angle parking.

Langley approves wellhead protection plan

The Langley City Council unanimously approved the city's long-awaited wellhead protection plan Monday night.

Whidbey PUD, PSE officials square off at first forum

Puget Sound Energy and backers of creating a Whidbey Island-based electric company got a chance to pitch their case to local leaders Wednesday night at a special session of the Council of Governments at Coupeville High School.

South Whidbey port draws criticism over marina project

After his failed bid for port commissioner last November, Ed Jenkins has been flooding Port of South Whidbey officials with unsolicited business advice, ranging from how to run the Langley Marina to suggestions on property purchases.

Lending network helps businesses on South Whidbey

Only about one year old, Whidbey Island Local Lending has started making loans to local projects.

Train will help connect Whidbey with metro area

Seattle is about to get a bit closer.

Good Cheer serves record number of South Enders

BAYVIEW — While Good Cheer has served nearly 14 percent of the South End population last year, volunteers at the food bank have long known that the number of people in need is much higher. But most had no idea how many families remained in the shadow.

Good Cheer offers help with food stamp sign-up and energy assistance

Many South Enders have felt the pinch of higher gas prices and increased cost of living in recent months. Good Cheer Food Bank is now offering additional help to get people through tough times.

Ordinance gives Langley the option to sell old fire hall

The Langley city council will discuss an ordinance at the city council meeting Wednesday that gives the city the option of selling the old fire hall on Second Street.

Mayor preps for more Langley advisory boards

Langley Mayor Paul Samuelson is getting ready to staff two new citizens advisory boards.

Haddon and Hart hope to unseat longtime senator

Republican challenger Linda Haddon and America’s Third Party candidate Sarah Hart hope that the troubled ferry system will sink longtime Democratic Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen’s ship.