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Animator explores vast themes in Sundance festival film

Fame, notoriety, and time as themes and ideas drew animator Drew Christie to make a short film about a man who trailblazed film and animation during westward expansion of the United States.

Over 500 turn out for Sea Float Scramble in Langley

Months of planning and hours of staging were rewarded with hundreds of people turning out for the fourth annual Sea Float Scramble in Langley on Saturday.

Study confirms hunch: people leave South Whidbey Island to shop

Focus groups and online surveys confirmed what many on South Whidbey and in Clinton have said for years: people leave the island to shop.

Cause unknown of man’s car crash into Freeland tree

A man whose identity was not released by emergency responders is in critical condition after crashing his truck into a tree near Freeland Hall on Friday afternoon.

A tale of choice, consequence showcases young talent

A dark story about the power of choice and its consequences has emerged from a group of young Whidbey filmmakers’ minds and talents.

Generator may not be feasible, reasonable, Langley leaders say

Questions arose about justifying the cost and true need of installing a large generator in town during the Langley City Council meeting Monday night.

Langley rings in fresh year with new mayor, council

Langley is under new management with a new mayor, a new councilwoman and soon enough a new council member.

Towering titans: Artists add color, light to Langley sculpture plaza

The men behind the pieces are Dale Reiger of Greenbank and Woody Morris of Clinton. Both are career artists who pursue other creative endeavors — Reiger builds homes and Morris runs a water feature company. They replace Lloyd Whannell’s and Sue Taves’ sculptures, which were first installed in October 2014. All four have space at the Freeland Art Studios.

Choir forms on South Whidbey to help girls find their voice

A handful of girls are getting a little help finding their voice on South Whidbey.

McCarthy showered with thanks, gifts in final council meeting

A host of supporters, grateful residents and business owners thanked Langley Mayor Fred McCarthy for his service and leadership during the final city council meeting of the year Monday night.

Clinton landmark makes winter appearance

There’s a car in Clinton visible only a few months each year, and winter is prime viewing season.

Christmas season never ends in Coupeville home

Christmas is less than 24 hours in the past, and Leslie Stevens of Coupeville already has designs for how she will decorate next year.

Atlantis underwater robotics group moves on to inspire, teach the next generation

Atlantis ROV is moving on and expanding from its days as an underwater robotics team.

Pair of Lions Club members celebrated for 75-, 65-year marks

Spence Purvis and Freeman Boyer looked as regal as the Lions for which their social club is named while being honored for a combined 140 years of membership and service.

Family tree farm still growing 74 years later

Anyone looking for a last-minute Christmas tree need only head to Clinton.

Langley City Council considers need for a generator

The November wind storm that cut power to Langley for more than 24 hours has some in the city wondering what more can be done in future electrical outages.

Langley offered planner severance to avoid possible litigation, claim

The $17,000 severance agreement offered to Langley’s former planning director was, at least in part, done to avoid possible litigation.

Clinton boy continues dream of big giving

Weston Dill, who stands barely tall enough for his head to peek above the dining table in his family’s home, is hoping to be a big donor for homeless children this year. As he has the past two years, the Clinton kindergartner is organizing a gift drive for the Everett Gospel Mission. The homeless shelter serves an estimated 300 people from Island, Skagit and Snohomish counties every day.

Land use, UGA at heart of Langley’s comp plan update

Just how large the city should get is foundation for just about everything else in Langley’s comprehensive plan update, to be discussed in pieces over the next few months. The first public input meeting about a handful of elements in the plan update is set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16. Topics to be covered include: the urban growth area reduction request, comp plan vision statement, shoreline master program, and the land use, sustainability and economic development elements.

Exiting planner to get $17K, plus recommendation letter from mayor McCarthy

Langley will pay its former planning director more than $17,000 as part of a separation and severance package.