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Cedarcrest claims UBGCC golf meet

  • May 10, 2014 at 4:00PM updated May 16, 2014 at 9:25AM

South Whidbey had one of its better performances on the course at Useless Bay Golf & Country Club, but Cedarcrest still took the three-way league meet Thursday.

South Whidbey port commissioners to discuss hiring

  • May 10, 2014 at 4:00PM

Port of South Whidbey Commissioners will continue its ongoing discussions about the organizational structure of staff at its meeting next week. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 13 at South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District, 5475 Maxwelton Road, Langley. The meeting follows a workshop beginning at 7:15 p.m. at the same location.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | No lawsuits, desire to listen needed for commissioner

  • May 10, 2014 at 4:00PM

Editor, Here are two requirements for our next county commissioner. Number one: No lawsuits against the county. Number two: The ability and desire to listen to what her fellow commissioners have to say. Our government is a democracy. The job of our elected officials is to work with each other in good faith. We, the people, expect them to understand conflicting interests, to find common ground and sensible compromises.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Letter writer, editor, published ‘pure rubbish’

  • May 10, 2014 at 6:00PM

Editor, After reading the “letters to the editor” of the May 3 issue I’m not sure who I’m more angry at with, the imbecile who saw a “Fiber Farm” sign and assumed that since it wasn’t dietary fiber it must be a drug grower or the editor for publishing pure rubbish and endangering every Fiber Farm on this end of the island from idiots who might now think they sell dope.

Celebrating mothers | Two centenarians recall the wonders of motherhood

  • May 10, 2014 at 6:00PM

When it comes to motherhood, both Eileen Wilson and Alta Brodie of Freeland consider themselves grateful to have been blessed with loving children and families.

Tree falls, gets stuck on South Whidbey cable

  • May 10, 2014 at 6:00PM

A small tree that toppled toward Wilkinson Road spent more than one hour suspended above the blacktop Friday morning. The tree fell onto a fiber-optic cable, creating a traffic hazard. South Whidbey Fire/EMS officials flagged motorists around the tree until it was cleared.

SLIDESHOW | Blaine gets blanked by South Whidbey baseball

  • May 11, 2014 at 10:00AM

South Whidbey played a perfect game against Blaine 10-0 in the 1A District 1 baseball tournament on May 6 at South Whidbey High School.

Island Transit plans ribbon cutting

  • May 13, 2014 at 4:37PM

Island Transit is opening its new headquarters on Central Whidbey this weekend. The grand opening event will start at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 17, at the facility on Highway 20 about one mile south of Coupeville.

Yummy, yummy at Bayview

  • May 13, 2014 at 4:00PM

Kirkland resident Nora Johnson, 2, samples a treat at the Bayview Farmers Market on Saturday, May 10.

Freeland accident leaves two cars damaged

  • May 13, 2014 at 5:00PM updated May 14, 2014 at 10:40AM

A car accident in Freeland Friday morning left two cars damaged, but no one injured.

Island County commissioners declare cop week

  • May 13, 2014 at 6:00PM

The Island County Board of Commissioners passed a proclamation proclaiming the week of May 11-17, 2014, as Police Week and May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day. Governor Inslee directed that Washington State and United States flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff on Thursday, May 15, 2014, in recognition of the annual Peace Officers Memorial Day.

Homeward bound

  • May 13, 2014 at 6:00PM

Teenage employment remains a struggle on South End

  • May 14, 2014 at 6:00AM

Everyone remembers his or her first job, but for teens on South Whidbey a job can be hard to find. Charlie McKissic, the Goose Community Grocer store manager, has noticed a change in the average employment age over his career in food retail. In the 1970s and ’80s, teenagers held a majority of the grocery jobs, from baggers to floor and courtesy clerks. This trend shifted in the last decade when the economy tanked and more adults began to fill these positions.

Little island, big impact: South Whidbey robotics teams make a splash at regional event

  • May 14, 2014 at 6:00AM updated May 16, 2014 at 9:56AM

Four South Whidbey underwater robotics teams made quite the splash at the MATE ROV Pacific Northwest Regional competition on Saturday.

Hospital to sell Bayview property

  • May 14, 2014 at 6:00AM updated at 10:21AM

Whidbey General Hospital will move forward with the sale of a 4.5-acre lot in Bayview. The board of commissioners agreed in an unanimous 5-0 vote at its regularly scheduled 7 a.m. meeting Monday that the property was no longer compatible with the designs of the hospital, and that selling the property was the best decision.

EDITORIAL | Public deserved more from hospital board

  • May 14, 2014 at 8:00AM

Whidbey General Hospital commissioners faced a tough decision Monday when they moved to sell undeveloped property in Bayview that was purchased by a past board years ago at a highly inflated price, and without an appraisal. Should they hold onto land that no longer fits the hospital’s long-range plans in the vain hope that one day its value — $595,000 in 2013 — will match the 2008 purchase price of $2 million, or sell now in an attempt to recoup some of that investment?

Island County eyes pay hike for elected officials

  • May 14, 2014 at 8:00AM updated May 15, 2014 at 8:37AM

Should raises for elected officials be a budget priority? That’s one of the questions facing Island County commissioners as they begin the budget process for next year and decide where to invest tax dollars that are slowly accumulating as the recession fades into history.

California quail: facing a purrrfect threat | WHIDBEY BIRDING

  • May 14, 2014 at 8:00AM

Each morning I look out the window and search for “our” California quails. Usually, two pairs strut out from hiding in a native hedgerow and peck at the birdseed my husband and I scatter for them.

Kramer joins high school sports hall of fame | NOTABLE

  • May 14, 2014 at 10:00AM

Tom Kramer will forever be known as one of the greatest tennis coaches in Washington state high school sports history.

Stem cell research advocate to speak at Pregnancy Care Clinic banquet

  • May 14, 2014 at 10:00AM

The Pregnancy Care Clinic will have a dessert banquet this weekend and host an expert credited with discovering adult cardiac-derived stem cells.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Dog House solution rests with leadership group

  • May 14, 2014 at 12:00PM

Editor, I have declined to publicly comment due to my retirement stresses of economics and family concerns. However, I recently had the pleasure of a conversation at The Goose with the paper’s retired publisher and former editor, Jim Larson, who suggested he was looking for a letter from me in the paper.

Equestrian 4-H Whidbey group holds car wash

  • May 14, 2014 at 12:00PM

The South Centaurs horse 4-H group is putting on a car wash from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at Les Schwab in Clinton.

May 14 | 50 years ago today on South Whidbey

  • May 14, 2014 at 12:00PM

“Purchase of the Greenbank Stores by Tom Coupe, former Freeland resident, was announced this week by Mr. and Mrs. Art Bratsburg, owners of the store for nearly 20 years.

South Whidbey High School scores four first-place awards at Island art show | KUDOS

  • May 14, 2014 at 2:00PM

Six students from South Whidbey High School have been recognized for their artwork at the 2014 Whidbey Island Art Show.

Poppy Girl program begins Memorial Day distribution in Freeland

  • May 14, 2014 at 2:00PM

Veterans were honored at the Maple Ridge Assisted Living Community on Thursday, May 8, with the first distribution of poppies this year by the Poppy Girls.

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