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'Friendliest' hotel to open early Dec. 19; Stilly elders love it (slide show)

  • Dec 17, 2014 at 8:00AM updated Dec 18, 2014 at 2:19PM

ARLINGTON – "The World's Friendliest Casino" at Angel of the Winds north of Arlington now has "The World's Friendliest Hotel."

SHERIFF'S REPORT | A grizzly bear, angry landlords and attacked chickens

  • Dec 17, 2014 at 4:00PM updated Dec 18, 2014 at 11:30AM

The following are 9-1-1 reports to the Island County Sheriff’s Office, South Precinct. Thursday, November 27 7:56 a.m. — A caller on Highway 525 and Classic Road saw a bear on the side of the road grazing. Caller states she looked it up and it seems to be a grizzly bear, per Google. 10:04 a.m. — A caller at the Clinton Ferry Terminal got a report of a capsized boat in the area.

SLIDESHOW | Defense by Falcons halts Cedar Park girls hoops rally

  • Dec 16, 2014 at 2:57PM

South Whidbey girls basketball withstood a furious fourth-quarter rally by Cedar Park Christian and prevailed 52-43 in a 1A Cascade Conference contest Dec. 12 at South Whidbey High School.

Readiness to Learn Holiday House open for business

  • Dec 18, 2014 at 8:00AM updated at 11:28AM

The Readiness to Learn Foundation is working to ensure every child and teen on South Whidbey receives a gift this holiday season, regardless of their family's financial status. The foundation's annual Holiday House, a project to provide free gifts for kids and teens whose families are struggling, opened for business this week at the Hoffman Building at the Island County Fairgrounds in Langley.

Langley reaffirms funicular study plans for 2015

  • Dec 17, 2014 at 2:00PM updated Dec 18, 2014 at 10:22AM

Langley’s $5.5 million budget for 2015 received the final approval from the city council Monday night.

Clinton’s smallest Samaritan aims to give big, again

  • Dec 17, 2014 at 6:00AM updated at 10:23AM

Whidbey’s littlest philanthropist is at it again this holiday season, this time with a stuffed animal present drive. Weston Dill, 5, has all the passion of the world’s top givers, the likes of Bill and Melinda Gates or Warren Buffett. He’s just missing the million and billion-dollar bankroll. He makes up for it with the boundless energy of a preschooler, which is exactly what he is at Wellington Day School.

Almanac is in the works by Record

  • Dec 16, 2014 at 4:00PM updated Dec 17, 2014 at 8:33AM

Information is being gathered for the 2015 edition of the Whidbey Almanac, published by the Whidbey News-Times, South Whidbey Record and The Whidbey Examiner. The Almanac is an introduction and guide for newcomers to Whidbey Island and a handy reference publication for those who live on the island.

SLIDESHOW | Overtime push, despite low free-throw percentage, helps Falcon boys over Eagles

  • Dec 18, 2014 at 12:00PM

Freshman Lewis Pope missed all four of his overtime free throws, and still had a smile on after gutting out a 52-50 win over the Cedar Park Christian Eagles on Dec. 12.

New Sue Taves sculpture OK’d for Langley

  • Dec 16, 2014 at 6:00PM

Sue Taves’ first publicly financed piece of art in Langley sold in a hurry. As part of the city-sponsored art commission selection, she and Clinton artist Lloyd Whannell each had a sculpture on display on Second Street. Taves’ sculpture, “Waves,” sold within days. The program allows for buyers to purchase any city-backed art, though Langley had the first right to purchase it. It declined, and instead offered to put another Taves work on display to fill in the yearlong lease.

Recycle holiday trees at Habitat in Freeland, Oak Harbor

  • Dec 17, 2014 at 6:00AM

Habitat for Humanity will collect clean trees with a minimum $5 donation from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 27-Jan. 4 at the Freeland and Oak Harbor stores. Pioneer Tree & Landscaping will be chipping the trees for landscaping. For more information, call 360-679-9444 or visit

Facility, field use, salaries on table for South Whidbey parks district

  • Dec 17, 2014 at 6:00PM

The South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District will discuss such matters as its facility and field use policy, and salary plan implementation, at its board meeting tonight. The district will meet at 6 p.m. in the park headquarters at 5475 Maxwelton Road, Langley.

South Whidbey School Board roles up for internal vote

  • Dec 17, 2014 at 4:00PM

South Whidbey School District directors will select members of the board Wednesday to serve roles as chairperson, vice chair-board auditor and legislative representative for the upcoming year. The board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17 in the Community Room at South Whidbey Elementary School.

Navy’s purchase of new Growlers increased to 15

  • Dec 16, 2014 at 6:00PM

The number of EA-18G Growlers funded in the 2015 national budget was bumped from five to 15 in $1.1 trillion legislation hammered out by Congress last week

Auditor closes window on opening Island County doors

  • Dec 17, 2014 at 8:00AM

Determining who should open the doors of the Island County’s administration building on 6th Street hangs in the balance.

Whidbey birders count down to important event

  • Dec 17, 2014 at 6:00AM

In a small pond across the highway from Crockett Lake, Jill Hein spots a long string of diving ducks that scoot along the water in a straight line.

St. Hubert to host special choir service for Advent

  • Dec 16, 2014 at 4:00PM

The children and adult choirs of St. Hubert Church in Langley will present a Festival of Lessons and Carols for Advent this weekend.

Freeland banker faces jail time

  • Dec 17, 2014 at 6:00AM

A former customer service manager at the Freeland branch of Whidbey Island Bank is facing time in federal prison for embezzling $162,000 from the bank.

LMS girls soccer wins finale over Sultan

  • Dec 16, 2014 at 6:00PM

Langley Middle School’s girls soccer team won its season finale Thursday 8-3 over Sultan.

Collins proves clutch in overtime for South Whidbey boys

  • Dec 17, 2014 at 6:00PM

Nothing came easily for South Whidbey’s boys basketball team in a 52-50 overtime win over third-ranked Cedar Park Christian.

District judge questions Whidbey General Hospital records refusal

  • Dec 17, 2014 at 8:00AM

Whidbey General Hospital isn’t on trial, but both a judge and the deputy prosecutor directed some pointed comments about the administration during a court hearing Monday.

Turpin, Hodson, defense leads Falcon girls past Cedar Park

  • Dec 17, 2014 at 6:00PM

Turnovers by the Falcon girls basketball team were overcome by stingy defense against the visiting Cedar Park Christian Eagles in a 52-43 win Friday night.

Clinton man accused of hitting pedestrian with car

  • Dec 17, 2014 at 2:00PM

A Clinton man is accused of purposely hitting a pedestrian with a car and then driving off, court documents state. Prosecutors charged 31-year-old Christopher L. Locken with second-degree assault with a deadly weapon and hit and run.

South Whidbey, county take stock of storm damages

  • Dec 16, 2014 at 4:00PM

Believed to be a record breaker in terms of property damage, the windstorm that blasted South Whidbey last week may help the state qualify for federal aid.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | South Whidbey firefighters’ work deserves thanks

  • Dec 17, 2014 at 12:00PM

Editor, The icicle Christmas lights over the balcony danced animatedly as the wind picked up, and then the lights flickered. I lit candles to be on the safe side and set about making dinner, but as I was about to serve it, my partner Leckey’s pager erupted in static: “South Whidbey Fire, staff your stations.”

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Removing Dudley from IT board was a mistake

  • Dec 17, 2014 at 10:00AM

Editor, Can this shame get any worse? Scott Dudley was railroaded out of the Island Transit board. The only person allowed to ask questions was ousted from an organization that needs to be questioned. Heads in the sand do not have clear vision as to how to fix the problem which is Island Transit. It is time to disband Island Transit in its entirety and turn it over to another transit company, such as Skagit Transit or Community Transit.

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