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LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Voters’ support in District 3 commissioner race was greatly appreciated

  • Aug 16, 2014 at 6:00PM

Editor, I would like to thank the large number of voters who supported me in the primary election for Island County commissioner District 3. It was an honor to lead a large field of candidates and I appreciate your confidence. Our communities deserve leaders who will listen and represent every resident. Our citizens deserve access to good public transportation and to educational institutions. Our seniors deserve to age in place in the communities they helped build. Our residents deserve the best safety services from first responders and to the county emergency management team. Our islands must be environmentally protected so we have access to clean water and our rural life style is maintained.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Attacks on incumbent treasurer deserve educated response

  • Aug 15, 2014 at 4:00PM

Editor, I cannot stand by and witness the mudslinging campaign being pursued by Wanda Grone. When Grone decided to run, rather than being honest and above board about her intentions, she chose to let both the treasurer and her fellow staff members discover it in the newspaper.

EDITORIAL | Port commissioners were right to wait

  • Aug 16, 2014 at 8:00AM

Resisting a new-car smell that apparently still lingers at the 90-year-old Island County Fairgrounds, Port of South Whidbey commissioners this week agreed the board needs more information before it can decide whether or not to take on the role of property manager. In doing so, the board exercised restraint and sound judgment as stewards of public funds. One simply doesn’t drive an old Cadillac off the lot without first taking a peek under the hood.

Whidbey schools fail to meet federal standards, spurs letter to parents

  • Aug 16, 2014 at 6:00AM

In the next couple of weeks many parents of Whidbey students will receive letters indicating their elementary schools are failing them. According to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, they are.

South Whidbey bids a final farewell to Paul Schell

  • Aug 15, 2014 at 4:00PM

When you live the life that Paul Schell did, people have a lot of stories and memories to share.

Auditor’s Office rejects hundreds of primary election ballots

  • Aug 15, 2014 at 6:00PM

More than 200 ballots were rejected Monday at the Island County Auditor’s office due to late postmarks and other issues.

Freeland bicyclist reported OK following collision with van | UPDATE

  • Aug 14, 2014 at 8:00AM updated Aug 15, 2014 at 3:38PM

A bicyclist suffered minor injuries in a collision with a van in Freeland this morning. Few details of the accident are known at this time, but South Whidbey Fire/EMS officials said a woman cyclist and a van collided in the intersection of Highway 525 and Fish Road at about 7:20 a.m.

Race the Reserve finishers from South Whidbey

  • Aug 16, 2014 at 6:00AM

Here are the people from South Whidbey who ran in the Race the Reserve half marathon, 10K and 5K on Aug. 16. They are listed by overall place, name, city of residence, age and time.

Falcon football begins Aug. 20

  • Aug 15, 2014 at 6:00PM

High school football returns to South Whidbey officially Wednesday, Aug. 20.

Useless Bay Golf Club tackles cancer treatment in fundraiser

  • Aug 16, 2014 at 12:00PM

Cancer treatment and patients got a bit of aid from a fundraiser at the Useless Bay Golf & Country Club recently.

South End gets Toastmasters club

  • Aug 16, 2014 at 10:00AM

The Toastmasters club of South Whidbey, known as South Whidbey Sound Off, is officially chartered.

Canty and Forcier | MATRIMONY

  • Aug 16, 2014 at 8:00AM

Jeremie Canty and Michelle Forcier of Freeland were married at 11 a.m. Monday, July 28, at Mutiny Bay Beach. Their ceremony can be viewed on YouTube at http://youtu.be/JQkvMTXA8YY.

Bryant and Reeves | MATRIMONY

  • Aug 16, 2014 at 8:00AM

David and Rose Bryant wish to announce that their son David Bryant will be married to Brittani Reeves on August 18, 2014.

Missionary visits Langley Methodist church

  • Aug 16, 2014 at 12:00PM

The Rev. Jean Claude Masuka Maleka, a United Methodist missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries in Abidjan, Côte D’Ivoire, will speak at Langley United Methodist Church next week.

Remembering Dear John letters, and my own dearly loved John | WHIDBEY RECIPES

  • Aug 16, 2014 at 10:00AM

Are you old enough to remember what a “Dear John” letter was? I’m not sure if such a thing still exists in this day of instant communication with our devices; perhaps now you simply text the person you want to “dump” and do it. But, during several of our assorted wars, large and small, when a soldier on deployment received a “Dear John” letter, it meant that the person supposedly waiting for him to return was, in fact, not going to wait after all, and was informing him of the situation in that letter. We all knew what “getting a Dear John letter” meant.

Burn ban adjusted on DNR-protected lands west of the Cascades

  • Aug 15, 2014 at 9:14AM

With recent rain and current weather models predicting more moderate conditions in western Washington, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources is adjusting the current statewide burn ban.

Racers rev up for Langley Soup Box Derby

  • Aug 13, 2014 at 8:00AM updated Aug 15, 2014 at 8:20AM

Everything was set for last year’s Soup Box Derby. Then it rained. A lot. It rained so much that organizers scrubbed the event.

Creative crowd comes to Coupeville for 50th anniversary of arts and crafts

  • Aug 13, 2014 at 6:00AM updated Aug 14, 2014 at 1:14PM

Thousands of people descended on downtown Coupeville last weekend for the 50th annual Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival.

Congressman Larsen, local leaders demand more public input on Growlers

  • Aug 11, 2014 at 12:00PM updated Aug 14, 2014 at 1:06PM

Congressman Rick Larsen, Coupville Mayor Nancy Conard and Commissioner Helen Price Johnson are asking the Navy to gather additional public input on the basing of EA-18G Growlers.

Veterans memorial takes a tour of Whidbey

  • Aug 13, 2014 at 9:00AM updated at 5:24PM

About a year and a half ago, lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans non-profit organization Dick Johnson took over the responsibility of maintaining the veteran memorial in Coupeville. Since then, he’s cleaned and restored it to its original glory.

Mary Fisher: Bloom where you are planted | HOMETOWN HERO

  • Aug 13, 2014 at 9:00AM updated at 3:38PM

Mary Fisher says she’s learned to bloom wherever she is in life. When Fisher’s kids left home, she felt emptiness, and wanted to fill that hole. She looked close to home, and became aware of kids in need of nutritious food right here on South Whidbey.

Port district of South Whidbey weighs Island County Fairgrounds proposal

  • Aug 13, 2014 at 7:00AM updated at 2:09PM

Who should run the Island County Fairgrounds? That’s the question the Port of South Whidbey Commissioners will tackle at a special meeting tonight.

KUDOS | Artists win People's Choice awards at Whidbey Island Area Fair

  • Aug 13, 2014 at 12:00PM

Two Whidbey artists took home People's Choice awards for their paintings which were on display at the Whidbey Island Area Fair.

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