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Sea Float Scramble brings about 1,000 scavengers to Langley

One-of-a-kind glass orbs and wishing stones littered Seawall Park in Langley Saturday morning, but if you blinked you might have missed a chance to take… Continue reading

Shoudy chosen as mayor pro tem

In a unanimous vote on Jan. 2, Langley council members selected Ursula Shoudy as the new mayor pro tem. Shoudy, who has served on the… Continue reading

  • Jan 10, 2018

County looking for Freeland code input

Island County Planning and Community Development is seeking more feedback on its draft development regulations for Freeland. As a result of earlier public comments, the… Continue reading

Property owners give trail-saving effort a timeline

In July, Langley resident Shelley Ackerman launched efforts to prevent a trail system near her home from being sold, logged and developed. After months of… Continue reading

Photo by Jessie Stensland / Whidbey News-Times
                                Louis Scarpino of Oak Harbor appears in Island County Superior Court in a restraint chair Wednesday because he was accused of being disorderly and intimidating a judge the day before.

Suspected car thief accused of intimidating judge

A suspected car thief was wheeled into court in a restraint chair Wednesday because he bit a microphone, turned over a table and threatened a… Continue reading

Photo by Jessie Stensland / Whidbey News-Times
                                Louis Scarpino of Oak Harbor appears in Island County Superior Court in a restraint chair Wednesday because he was accused of being disorderly and intimidating a judge the day before.

Uptick in sightings reassures whale experts

The Southern Resident orcas are making their way back to the shores of Whidbey Island after a summer and early fall hiatus. They’re going to… Continue reading

Freeland couple welcomes Whidbey’s first 2018 baby

A Freeland couple welcomed Whidbey Island’s first baby of 2018 hours into New Year’s Day. Ford Ellis Williams was born at 8:39 a.m. in his… Continue reading

Kiteboarders battle big waves at Useless Bay

Strong winds this past week attracted a few kiteboarders to Useless Bay. Three adrenaline junkies donned wetsuits and strapped in their harnesses to charge the… Continue reading

County museum offering free admission in Jan.

For the month of January, admission to the Island County Museum in Coupeville is free. Admission fees are sponsored by the Island County Historical Society’s… Continue reading

  • Jan 6, 2018

Langley City Council asks for climate change action

The Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s carbon fee-and-dividend proposal did not get the Langley City Council’s stamp of approval on Tuesday night at city hall. Instead, the… Continue reading

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                                County Prosecutor Greg Banks, center, attorney Lee Pence and County Commisioner Helen Price Johnson sit around the work session table Wednesday. Tensions hit a boiling point during the meeting that included yelling and name-calling.

County commissioner calls prosecutor ‘snake,’ liar

Tensions boiled over Wednesday when Island County Prosecutor Greg Banks asked the Island County Board of Commissioners for permission to hire an outside attorney for… Continue reading

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                                County Prosecutor Greg Banks, center, attorney Lee Pence and County Commisioner Helen Price Johnson sit around the work session table Wednesday. Tensions hit a boiling point during the meeting that included yelling and name-calling.

County museum offering free admission in January

For the month of January, admission to the Island County Museum in Coupeville is free. Admissions fees are sponsored by the Island County Historical Society’s… Continue reading

  • Jan 6, 2018

2017: A year in review

So long, 2017. Monday is the start of a new year. It’s unclear what’s in store for 2018, but if it’s anything like this year,… Continue reading

Polar bears dive into new year at Double Bluff

It was a chilly yet refreshing jump into the new year for participants in the 14th annual Polar Bear Plunge on Monday at Double Bluff… Continue reading

From left, Elijah Lisenby, Kenna Kooyman and Fia Cooper-Ewing practice using small drones during winter Sea Cadet training at Camp Casey. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

Sea Cadets ‘build leaders’ at recent winter training camp

Sea Cadets from all over the country gathered last week at Camp Casey to immerse themselves in Navy culture. The winter training at the Whidbey… Continue reading

From left, Elijah Lisenby, Kenna Kooyman and Fia Cooper-Ewing practice using small drones during winter Sea Cadet training at Camp Casey. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

Lodging tax committee asks for money back

Island County awarded grants to 13 nonprofits to promote tourism using lodging tax fund in 2017. The process for awarding these grants was different this… Continue reading

SHERIFF’S REPORT | Camouflage, Tasers, screaming lady

The following items were selected from reports made to the Island County Sheriff’s Office: Friday, Nov. 17 3:27 a.m. — A driver reported that a… Continue reading

Skagit Valley College moves to LMS

Skagit Valley College’s South Whidbey Center is on the move again. The local college recently relocated from South Whidbey Elementary School South Campus to the… Continue reading

WhidbeyHealth budget set at $272 million

Additional patients forecast at hospital, clinics

Rapists, crashes, fires among top read stories of 2017

It was a busy year for the South Whidbey Record. Its staff reached nearly 500,000 online readers during the year logging more than 1.4 million… Continue reading