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Jamel Hale and his wife, Roe, prepare to open for dinner May 20. (Photos by Karina Andrew/Whidbey News-Times)

Hale’s Kitchen opens doors in Oak Harbor

The new restaurant, located on Old Goldie Road, serves Southern style fried chicken.

Jamel Hale and his wife, Roe, prepare to open for dinner May 20. (Photos by Karina Andrew/Whidbey News-Times)

Island high schools plan for live graduation ceremonies

All Whidbey Island high schools are hosting graduation ceremonies, but other senior events may vary.

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island color guard, along with OHHS NJROTC, ORION Sea Cadets and Sons of the American Revolution color guards, present the colors.

Remembering those who served

Photos from the Memorial Day Service of Remembrance at Oak Harbor’s Maple Leaf Cemetery May 31.

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island color guard, along with OHHS NJROTC, ORION Sea Cadets and Sons of the American Revolution color guards, present the colors.
Savina Wells takes a shot in a Coupeville High School basketball game against Orcas Island High School May 20. (Photo by John Fisken/Whidbey News-Times)

Coupeville 8th graders excel in varsity basketball

Savina Wells became the first eighth grade girl to score in a Coupeville varsity basketball game.

Savina Wells takes a shot in a Coupeville High School basketball game against Orcas Island High School May 20. (Photo by John Fisken/Whidbey News-Times)
Drea Park and her team train for the upcoming Seventy48 race up Puget Sound. (Photo courtesy of Drea Park)

Island couple to compete in 70-mile race

Drea and Jason Park will canoe from Tacoma to Port Townsend starting Friday, June 4.

Drea Park and her team train for the upcoming Seventy48 race up Puget Sound. (Photo courtesy of Drea Park)
Sarah Lord treats Ember the cat at Best Friends Veterinary Center March 30, 2021. (Photo courtesy of Best Friends)

Cat finds home with vet who saved her

After treating a feline house fire victim, a veterinarian kept the cat as her own.

Sarah Lord treats Ember the cat at Best Friends Veterinary Center March 30, 2021. (Photo courtesy of Best Friends)

Community Health Advisory Board to resume meetings

A county health official announced the board’s upcoming return in a meeting May 18.

Coupeville School Board discusses investigation that went awry

Sherry Phay stated she had the board president’s permission to send her controversial email.

A rendering of the new Coupeville Boys and Girls Club building shows what it will look like from the outside after construction. (Photo courtesy of the Boys and Girls Club)

Coupeville Boys and Girls Club given $1 million from state budget

The club will use the funds to construct a new building on South Main Street.

A rendering of the new Coupeville Boys and Girls Club building shows what it will look like from the outside after construction. (Photo courtesy of the Boys and Girls Club)

Island County opioid outreach team distributing COVID vaccines

The team has been highly successful despite challenges unique to their target population.

Student petition leads to two new courses

High school student activists called on school officials to “bring education into the 21st century.”

An Exceptional Academy student adorns a veteran's grave with an American flag at Maple Leaf Cemetery in Oak Harbor, May 17, 2021. (Photos by Karina Andrew/Whidbey News-Times)

Exceptional Academy students help effort to honor veterans year-round

Students participated in the Flags and Flowers initiative for their annual service project.

An Exceptional Academy student adorns a veteran's grave with an American flag at Maple Leaf Cemetery in Oak Harbor, May 17, 2021. (Photos by Karina Andrew/Whidbey News-Times)

Running Start classes available over summer

Skagit Valley College is launching a summer pilot program for high schoolers to earn college credit.