Jeff VanDerford

Terry wants to end Bailey’s Olympia stay

Patricia Terry believes dramatic changes are needed to staunch the financial crisis in Washington, while Barbara Bailey is determined to rein in state spending. Democrat Terry is challenging Rep. Bailey (R-Oak Harbor) for Position 2 in the 10th Legislative District this November.


South Whidbey School District superintendent contract to be reviewed

The South Whidbey School Board will conduct its annual review of District Superintendent Fred McCarthy's employment contract at a closed-door meeting tonight. McCarthy's contract expires June 30, 2009, though when originally hired his contract ran until 2010.


The mind is a wonderful thing for these students

LANGLEY — Remember the name of the Austrian physicist who measured the frequency of light waves? How about the place where Thor Heyerdahl built his raft, Kon-Tiki? Can you figure out the probability of certain numbers appearing when three dice are thrown, or explain Einstein’s interpretation of gravity? How about naming something easy, like the place in England where a laser is projected to mark the prime meridian?


Falcons shine in the slush at three-way track meet

LANGLEY — Hisashi Sanda and Cayla Calderwood posted personal bests in the 200-meter dash and long jump Thursday. Remarkable, considering the 2-inch layer of hail-induced slush they had to overcome.

Mudder race celebrates a decade in the dirt

Brothers Ed and Eric Evanson from Bellevue couldn’t stop talking about their just-completed mountain bike experience, only their second-ever.

Swine flu vaccine now available in Freeland, and it works

When it comes to the swine flu vaccine, Christine Parker is a believer.

SPORTS PREVIEW | Tough act to follow: Team holds on tight to what works

In the last Cascade Conference football coaches poll, released just before the season began, South Whidbey was expected to finish the year in third place behind Archbishop Murphy and Cedarcrest.

FALLS SPORTS PREVIEW | Volleyball: South Whidbey volleyball hopes to clear the net

There’s a new skipper at the helm of this year’s volleyball team and she’s making a difference. Mandy Jones was hired over the summer to replace longtime coach Tim Durbin, who resigned to spend more quality time with his family.

Falcons drop second ballgame to Coupeville

LANGLEY — Pitching took center stage in the second-of-three series with Coupeville Wednesday.

Clinton woman helps start GOP convention

For a die-hard political junkie like Clinton’s Mary Jane Aurdal, going to her party’s national convention is hard to beat. This week, Aurdal is in St. Paul, Minn. as the Island County Republican delegate to help crown nominee Sen. John McCain as the GOP’s choice to lead the nation for the next four years.

Falcons fall to Wolves in cross-island hoops battle

Still looking for that first victory, the South Whidbey girls basketball team fell 55-29 to energized cross-island rival Coupeville Friday night.

Port officials agree to stop talking about airport acquisition

Port of South Whidbey commissioners voted 2-1 to discontinue discussions on the acquisition of Whidbey Airpark in Langley Wednesday.

Kids engage in a heart-to-heart with science

LANGLEY — Teachers see it all the time. So do parents. It’s that special, magical moment when a light goes on in a child’s mind and they, well, just “get it.” That’s the rationale behind Pacific Science Center’s big white vans. The vans travel to schools throughout the state to bring the wonders of science and math to children.

Rawls goes airborne in win over Cedarcrest

South Whidbey quarterback Hunter Rawls completed 11-of-19 passes for 207 yards Friday as the Falcon football team beat Cedarcrest 22-14 while upsetting the Red Wolves’ homecoming festivities.

Feelings still run strong against ferry reservations

Washington State Ferries is moving forward with its study of a proposed reservation system on selected routes.

South End junior tennis team takes tournament title

South Whidbey is rapidly gaining a reputation as the center of the universe for tennis excellence.

District bond measure for upgraded schools now totals nearly $13 million

Superintendent Fred McCarthy let the cat out of the bag Wednesday, finally revealing details on the South Whidbey School District’s newest look at a bond measure, a nearly $13-million request voters will see later this year or in early 2011.

Castle Park upgrades will keep attraction closed until spring

When the refurbished Castle Park opens for business next spring, there will be something new for children and adults.

Erica Johnson is 2008 valedictorian

When she was in the seventh-grade, Erica Johnson received a B+ in band.

Elementary class saved, but parents worry fix is only temporary

Angry parents and concerned children faced off against school administrators over the district’s plan to shut down one elementary school class and fire a teacher late last week.