Roy Jacobson

St. Augustine’s gets ready to dedicate new church

St. Augustine’s in-the-Woods Episcopal Church will dedicate its new addition next weekend, a 9,400-square-foot, two-story expansion that nearly doubles the size of the church’s facilities.

 

Fire District 3 hopes new childcare option will bolster volunteer force

Island County Fire District 3 plans to establish a drop-in childcare facility where volunteer emergency responders can leave their children while they attend a department training session or race to an emergency.

 

New pastor promises to continue forward-looking tradition

It’s déjà vu for Rev. Mary Boyd, who will have a homecoming of sorts when she becomes new pastor of Langley United Methodist Church in July.

 

UPDATE | Judge still in hospital after cycle crash

An Island County District Court judge remained in Harborview Medical Center in Seattle on Tuesday morning after being injured when his motorcycle collided with a deer on Highway 20 north of Coupeville early Sunday morning.

Volunteer’s birthday gifts just keep on giving

Once a Hometown Hero, always a hometown hero.

Langley merchant Virginia LaRue was a First Street legend

The Queen of Langley was scheduled to make a farewell trip through downtown on Friday afternoon.

Duke LeBaron never met a local cause he didn’t like

Duke LeBaron moved to South Whidbey for good in 1986, and after that rarely found a reason to leave.

McRae House is prime patient in Langley’s medical history

Neither volcano nor mudslide nor chilly thermostat have failed to dampen the resiliency of a roomy 1940s three-bedroom house on Edgecliff Road in Langley which remains a rich chapter of the city’s medical history.

Poppy Girls highlight the annual bouquet of local Memorial Day events

Lindsay Feris relishes her role in ongoing Memorial Day activities on South Whidbey, being from a family steeped in military tradition.

Future users of Trillium Woods get their say

The Whidbey Camano Land Trust is shooting the works to gather as much public comment as possible about the future use of its latest acquisition, the 654-acre Trillium Community Forest north of Freeland.

Talent show gets ready to roll in Langley

Tickets are on sale now for Good Cheer’s second annual fundraising extravaganza, “Mother of All Talent Shows Rides Again.”

Seventy-five years later, the Clyde is still the picture of health

Blake Willeford remembers the day astronaut George “Pinky” Nelson stopped by the Clyde Theatre in downtown Langley to take in a movie. As the famous astronomer, who in his NASA career logged more than 400 hours in space, was fumbling to come up with the right change for a ticket, Willeford said he attempted to expedite the process.

New full-day kindergarten to be offered by district

Kindergarten will have a new look in the South Whidbey School District next fall.

McLeod House going strong despite being a ghost of itself

Living history? Check out the McLeod House in downtown Langley. “Maggie McLeod still haunts the halls,” said Fred Lundahl. “Sometimes jewelry that was in one place one day is in a different place another day.”

Team of young underwater robot builders poised to make waves again

A team of five youngsters in grades five through eight are back in the pool again with a new gadget, practicing for another underwater robot competition this weekend.

Water level in Deer Lake: Too much of a good thing

Even in a water wonderland there can be too much water. One of the wettest late winter and springs in island history has not only caused several large mudslides on the South End, but has swelled lake levels to the possible destructive point, officials said.

Work picking up on Skagit Farmers Supply’s new $2.3 million store in Freeland

Foundation work is well under way on a new Skagit Farmers Supply Country Store in Freeland that is expected to boost the local economy and create 15 new jobs, company officials said Tuesday.

Vandals strike at Putney, Saratoga Woods

Vandals damaged a portable toilet and an information kiosk at two nature preserves in the South End during the weekend.

Citizens’ advisory panel likely as sewer debate moves forward

A citizens’ advisory committee is expected to be formed to work with water and sewer commissioners to come up with a way to make sewers affordable — and palatable — to the community.

A look back at the rise and fall of Whidbey’s fishing resorts

Bill Haroldson remembers the big one that got away during the glory days of Whidbey Island salmon fishing, when 30-pound kings were common.