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Council approves bids for wayfaring signs

Better directions for visitors needed

Developer appealing Hearings Board decision

The developer Wright’s Crossing, LLC filed a motion to reconsider Thursday after the Growth Management Hearings Board dismissed its appeal. In December, Wright’s Crossing submitted… Continue reading

OH man accused of exposing himself, biting police officer

A man is accused of exposing himself, biting a police officer and using a racial slur in downtown Oak Harbor early in the morning of… Continue reading

Rotary accepting grant applications

The Rotary Club of South Whidbey is now taking grant applications from local qualifying groups. Applicants should be registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. Applicants should include… Continue reading

Teleconferencing will speed up jail evaluations

Mental health professionals will soon be evaluating inmates at Island County Jail via videoconferencing. The jail is one of four in the state that were… Continue reading

Jacob Gonzales is a person of interest in the murder of a woman found on Camano Island.

‘Person of interest’ ID’ed in Camano decapitation murder

Investigators identified a “person of interest” in a murder in which the victim’s body was found near a hillside bunker on Camano Island Saturday. The… Continue reading

Jacob Gonzales is a person of interest in the murder of a woman found on Camano Island.

Music connects kids, cultures

Uganda’s ‘Dance of Hope’ in residence on Whidbey

The pond at Greenbank Farm has an estimated 4 feet of organic material that needs to be dredged from the bottom, a project that could cost upwards of $46,000. 2017/Whidbey News-Times file photo

Port continues levy lid lift discussions

The Port of Coupeville is taking steps to place a levy lid lift on the November ballot. Commissioners discussed the plan further during a workshop… Continue reading

The pond at Greenbank Farm has an estimated 4 feet of organic material that needs to be dredged from the bottom, a project that could cost upwards of $46,000. 2017/Whidbey News-Times file photo

Student arrested after bomb threat

A South Whidbey middle school student was arrested last week for allegedly making a bomb threat, according to police. Every indication is that the student… Continue reading

Time for whales and whale watching boats

Tours set to start March 10 from Langley

Twins’ art spotlighted in gallery show

Dan and Mike Burroughs: ‘Brothers with Brushes’

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                                Convicted murderer Robert “Al” Baker lost his personal restrain petition with the state Court of Appeals.

Former Freeland pizzaman loses appeal of murder conviction

A man who once worked in the Antarctic and owned a Freeland pizza joint will remain in prison for killing his wife. This week a… Continue reading

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                                Convicted murderer Robert “Al” Baker lost his personal restrain petition with the state Court of Appeals.

From seed to stomach: Farm team helps sprout integrated garden program

Mimi Cord enjoys everything about being on the South Whidbey Elementary School’s sixth grade farm team. She gets to go outside and stay busy helping… Continue reading

Hearing set on green ordinance

Residents will get the chance to weigh in on proposed ordinance that’s meant to promote environmentally friendly practices. Langley’s Planning Advisory Board is holding a… Continue reading

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                                Langley resident Stefany Cornett appears in court Friday with her attorney. She accused of hitting a man on the head with a frying pan.

Man, woman accused of assaulting one another

A Whidbey Island man and a woman are facing felony assault charges after they assaulted each other and caused serious injuries, according to court documents.… Continue reading

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                                Langley resident Stefany Cornett appears in court Friday with her attorney. She accused of hitting a man on the head with a frying pan.

New program in jail to treat opioid addiction

Nowhere in the county is the scope of the opioid abuse problem more evident than in the Island County jail. Medical professionals who work there… Continue reading

SWHS seniors help lead special needs students in PE class

South Whidbey High School freshman Bardya Kashkooli always asks the same question whenever he spots seniors Hunter Bova, Greyson Clements, Lewis Pope and Ryan Wenzek.… Continue reading

Langley’s annual Murder Mystery Weekend draws record numbers

The same question was on everyone’s minds when they gathered around the scene of the crime: who killed Merlin Mariner? Was it Rainy Gray, Mariner’s… Continue reading

Felici running for Island County Sheriff in November 2018 election

The second-in-command at the Island County Sheriff’s Office wants to wear the sheriff’s badge next year. Chief Criminal Deputy Rick Felici threw his hat in… Continue reading

Island County Commissioner Rick Hannold speaks at a work session meeting Wednesday. After a request for more funding from the Freeland Water and Sewer District, he said at the meeting he has “no confidence whatsoever” in the district and its effort to put a sewer system in Freeland. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

Island County commissioners lacking faith in Freeland sewer board

The Island County Board of Commissioners responded with skepticism Wednesday to a request for funding from the Freeland Water and Sewer district. The sewer district’s… Continue reading

Island County Commissioner Rick Hannold speaks at a work session meeting Wednesday. After a request for more funding from the Freeland Water and Sewer District, he said at the meeting he has “no confidence whatsoever” in the district and its effort to put a sewer system in Freeland. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times