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Amateur sleuths untangle murder during Langley’s Mystery Weekend

A fictitious murder on the set of a fictitious movie had Langley’s streets abuzz this weekend.

Auction helps Whidbey Island Dance Theatre stars shine bright

The dancers of Whidbey Island Dance Theatre train all year long to bring audiences top-notch dance productions.

Ryan’s House is taking Big Red Event to the big red barn

Ryan’s House For Youth is seeing red — at least when it comes to their upcoming fundraising gala auction. The Big Red Event will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Greenbank Farm.

Three sisters caught between laughter, tragedy in latest WICA production

They boast of Southern charm, they are funny, they are fragile. But make no mistake: Below the surface, the ladies of the MaGrath household have far more spice than sugar running in their veins.

Kitsch ‘N Bitch takes a bite out of comfort foods

For some it’s a cheesy slice of pizza, for others a hearty bowl of homemade chowder. Then there are those who can polish off a warm apple pie, given there is hand-whipped cream to go with it.

New treatments, winter retreats debut at The Spa at the Inn at Langley

With a view of Saratoga Passage and the aroma of essential oils on your skin, nothing beats a spa treatment this time of year.

Lending network helps businesses on South Whidbey

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

Christmas bird count on Whidbey results in record numbers

Families, long-time birders, newbies and experts, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists went out on a mission earlier this month.

Santa brings joy to folks of all ages on South Whidbey

A visit by Santa Claus at Maple Ridge in Freeland proved Monday that people are never too old to get caught up in the magic of the season.

Book’s fresh look at Langley history released in time for Centennial

A new book is hitting the shelves providing a unique look at Langley’s history just in time for the city’s Centennial celebration in 2013.

Holiday House brings Christmas cheer to kids

The Holiday House elves are hard at work once again to spread holiday joy to island children in need.

Fighting fires is often a family affair, especially for South Whidbey clan

While there is a sense of brotherhood among many firefighters, serving as volunteer first-responders is truly a family affair for one South Whidbey family.

Training gets South End firefighters ready for the real deal

From fires to car wrecks, in case of emergency the volunteers of South Whidbey Fire/EMS are the first in line.

Nationally-renown speaker to get ‘Radical’ on Whidbey parents

CNN columnist and popular teen-lifestyles and family advice author Vanessa Van Petten will offer Whidbey Island parents tips on understanding the world of teenagers when she speaks at 7 p.m., Oct. 23 at South Whidbey High School.

Heating costs soar for Helping Hands clients

As days get shorter and the weather gets colder, utility bills get bigger. None of us look forward to that. Least of which is Helping Hand, the nonprofit organization that helps people in need cover basic necessities, such as heating, electricity and rent.

South Whidbey Legion bikers rally for Good Cheer

The Legion Riders will rev up their bikes this Saturday for a good cause. The motorcyclists of the American Legion Post 141 in Langley are inviting bikers and the rest of the community to a bike ride, barbecue and music. And the whole party will benefit Good Cheer food bank.

DjangoFest Northwest is waking the sleeping ‘Dog’

The sounds of gypsy jazz will be awaking the sleeping dog this weekend.

Soup Box Derby keeps motoring on, even in 40th year

Despite turning 40 this Saturday, Langley’s Soup Box Derby shows no sign of slowing down.

SWES teacher goes on Middle East adventure of a lifetime

When school started last week, one face was noticeably absent at South Whidbey Elementary School. Longtime elementary school teacher Carolyn Bippart wasn’t there.

Remarkable women nurtured Good Cheer

As the saying goes, “If you want to get something done, leave it to a busy woman.” Good Cheer was founded in 1962 through the efforts of several remarkable women.