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School board, community set out wish list for new superintendent

Job seekers are already interested in the top job in the South Whidbey School District, according to consultants who have been hired to find a replacement for departing Superintendent Fred McCarthy.


Healthcare debate hits the streets

Angry but energetic, frustrated but fired up, a group of nearly 60 protesters gathered Wednesday night at the Bayview Park-and-Ride to shout out for healthcare reform.


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South Whidbey All Stars bring home District 11 crown

Rebounding from mid-tournament losses delivered by North Whidbey and Sedro-Woolley, the South Whidbey squad won in a rematch against Sedro-Woolley to take the District 11 Championship title last week.

Freeland officials reverse course on sewer LID

FREELAND — Lou Malzone won’t get to make good on a big campaign promise. Three other guys beat him to it.

New vote tally on WGB bond vote: Measure defeated

Whidbey Island voters have rejected a $50 million expansion proposal to expand Whidbey General Hospital, according to a second tally of votes on Thursday afternoon.

Nichols Brothers Boat Builders looks at expanding to Oak Harbor

Nichols Brothers Boat Builders is looking at expanding its operations into Oak Harbor.

Langley workshop may cover legal work

Langley officials are considering holding a workshop next week, and a potential topic of discussion includes the formation of a panel to review applicants for the job of city attorney.

Langley council vacancy draws two hopefuls | UPDATE

A candidate on November’s ballot for the Langley City Council is now also in the running for an appointed seat on the council.

Member of Whidbey PUD group is gone after questions over ‘secret’ payments to campaign director

The group trying to form a Whidbey-based power company lost its communications director Sunday after he accused his organization's leader of secretly being on the payroll of a trade group that promotes public utility districts.

Allen picks up one more vote in Langley council race

Only one additional ballot has been counted in the three-way race for Position 4 on the Langley City Council.

City asked to help find buyer for Dog House

The investment company that holds the lien on the Dog House Tavern has asked city officials to help find a buyer for the iconic building. Steve Sullivan, an account executive with Chesterfield Mortgage Investors in Seattle, e-mailed Langley council members this week to ask their help in finding a buyer.

Merrell announces plans to leave LMS, SWHS

Rod Merrell, the principal at South Whidbey High School and Langley Middle School, has been offered the job of principal at Mount Vernon High School.

Next vote tally in Island County to include 3,000 more ballots

COUPEVILLE — Another 3,000 ballots, at least, will be counted this afternoon in the next tally of votes for the 2011 General Election.

Langley Passage foe to run for Langley City Council seat

Robin Adams, an Edgecliff resident who led the opposition group that fought the controversial Langley Passage housing project, said Monday that he will run for a seat on the Langley City Council.

Rep. Larsen gets grilled over healthcare

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen got an earful on healthcare reform from his constituents on Monday night.

County prevails in lawsuit from former sheriff candidate

Jay Wallace won’t be getting his badge back. A federal court judge has ruled against the former deputy sheriff and said Island County was justified in firing Wallace after he shirked his duty in responding to 911 calls in Freeland where a woman was being held hostage and assaulted in early 2006.

Langley asks county planners for help on Langley Passage project

Langley officials have asked Island County for help on the controversial Langley Passage housing project.

Second person arrested in Douglas murder

A second person has been charged in the 2003 killing of Russel Douglas, the Island County Prosecutor's Office announced Monday.

Langley council approves another pay raise for mayor

Langley council members unanimously approved a new pay raise for Mayor Paul Samuelson on Monday, the second salary increase since September.