Ben Watanabe

Langley mayor picks 20-year veteran to head Langley planning dept.

Langley’s new planner is a nearby foreigner with expertise in environmental sustainability and affordable housing.

Girls golf bests AMHS in non-league meet

South Whidbey girls golf shined on a sun-kissed day at Useless Bay Golf & Country Club in a non-league match against Archbishop Murphy on Monday.

Late heroics not enough for Falcon baseball against Turks

LANGLEY — Whatever the recipe to win a baseball game is, the Falcons are still looking for it.

Lots of needs met, thanks at Good Cheer Food Bank

Even amid rising need at the Good Cheer Food Bank, staff had plenty to be thankful for.

Falcon volleyball assistant returns to home team

There’s a new coach leading the up-and-coming Falcon volleyball players.

Riley Newman rebounds for fourth place at state tourney

SEATTLE — The Newman sibling rivalry continued on May 27 at the 2A state tennis tournament. Riley Newman, a senior, represented the South Whidbey boys tennis team in singles. Hayley Newman, a sophomore and Riley’s sister, represented the girls tennis team in singles. Both Newmans won their first-round matches in two sets in a best-of-three format.

Another late rally keeps Falcons undefeated

DUVALL - South Whidbey volleyball claimed the final three sets against Cedarcrest to win 3-2 and to remain undefeated through five Cascade Conference matches.

New famous Clinton cake shop owners promise same quality

JW Desserts, a South Whidbey bakery that achieved national fame, is no more, but in its place is something just as sweet.

Jet critics promise to shut down OLF to small South Whidbey crowd

Citizens of the Ebey’s Reserve, the group that filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Navy for excessive flights and jet noise around Central Whidbey, found a bit of support Thursday on South Whidbey.

Falcon volleyball overcomes errors to beat Red Wolves, Tigers

Winning the first two games gave South Whidbey volleyball plenty of cushion against Cedarcrest on Tuesday.

SLIDESHOW | Boyd powers Falcon girls soccer past rival Wolves

Madi Boyd scored two goals - the first of the season - in South Whidbey girls soccer's shutout victory over Coupeville on Sept. 24.

Hayley Newman picks up first win in state-level play

SEATTLE — Hayley Newman won her first-round match before she lost the next two and was eliminated from placing in the girls singles 2A state championship at the Nordstrom Tennis Center at the University of Washington.

More kids in classrooms means more state money – but bigger costs for South Whidbey School District

LANGLEY — Enrollment was higher than expected at the end of the 2010-2011 school year. That led to increased funding and increased expenses, including an additional full-time teacher and higher fuel costs.

SLIDESHOW | Falcon volleyball upsets Lady Knights in five sets

South Whidbey rallied from 2-1 in a Cascade Conference volleyball match against third-place King's to win 3-2 on the Lady Knights' home court, Mike Martin Gym, on Oct. 16.

Senior moments: A look back by the 2011 Falcon seniors

The 2011 Falcon volleyball team had its best season in three years. South Whidbey's bump-set-spike girls finished second in the Cascade Conference 2A division behind Archbishop Murphy (third overall behind King's and AMHS), qualified for the Northwest District 1 tournament and were a few points away from qualifying for the 2A State Volleyball Tournament in Olympia. Here, the six seniors reflect on the season that was and could have been.

Clinton to welcome new state ferry

The partially-built-on-Whidbey ferry M/V Tokitae will get a welcoming ceremony to its new route from Clinton to Mukilteo this weekend.

Fire District 3 looks at possible levy lid lift

Revenues are not matching expenses, despite several years of cutbacks and efficiency moves. The deficit may be too great by 2014, and Fire Chief Rusty Palmer has been talking with fire commissioners about a levy lid lift that would raise property taxes to bring more money into the district.

Langley man rolled over by truck airlifted to Seattle hospital

A Langley man was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after having a truck roll over his chest Monday morning. Harborview spokeswoman Susan Gregg said Michael Ferren, 45, was in satisfactory condition upon arrival Monday and remained in satisfactory condition Tuesday morning.

Speed, skill land trio of soccer Falcons on all-league teams

Joel Gerlach can hardly wait for next season. And who can blame the Falcon boys soccer head coach?

Cedar Park rushers pound South Whidbey in first loss

LANGLEY — Cedar Park proved it could run. South Whidbey proved it could throw.