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                                Coordinator Jean Matheny exchanges soup with Rick Klein, a former longtime volunteer in the Island Church soup kitchen.

Lunches are in the bag

In an effort to continue serving community meals, several soup kitchens have taken to dishing up in the parking lots and offering to-go lunches. Administrator… Continue reading

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                                Coordinator Jean Matheny exchanges soup with Rick Klein, a former longtime volunteer in the Island Church soup kitchen.

Inmates released, trials delayed

Island County’s law and justice system isn’t immune from the effects of the coronavirus. A series of changes have been announced in the courts to… Continue reading

Island Transit cuts half its routes

Beginning March 23, Island Transit will cut about half of Whidbey Island routes in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Island Transit is not planning to… Continue reading

Food banks running low in wake of pandemic

A parallel with the current shortage in grocery stores, Whidbey food banks are in need of donations as supplies run low. Good Cheer Food Bank… Continue reading

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                                Clinton resident Jake Stewart selects a box of Kleenex from the Star Store as part of a delivery order.

Help behind the wheel

Often, a crisis can bring out the best in people. On South Whidbey, residents have banded together to help deliver items to their fellow homebound… Continue reading

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                                Clinton resident Jake Stewart selects a box of Kleenex from the Star Store as part of a delivery order.

Langley chamber proposes aid for small businesses

City of Langley leaders are searching for ways to support small businesses during an economic downturn caused by the coronavirus outbreak and the governor’s order… Continue reading

Judge in Growler case may consider classified info

The U.S. Justice Department wants a judge to look at classified material before making a decision on a request for a preliminary injunction on an… Continue reading

Three test positive for COVID-19 in county, schools closed statewide, national emergency declared

Three Island County residents have now tested positive for the coronavirus, Island County Public Health reported. Friday afternoon, Gov. Jay Inslee ordered that all schools… Continue reading

Have doughnuts, will deliver

With the coronavirus outbreak coming to Whidbey Island, several entrepreneurs have been looking for ways to reach customers from their homes. Restaurants, wineries, florists and… Continue reading

3 Island County residents positive for COVID-19, South Whidbey schools closing for 6 weeks

Three Island County residents have now tested positive for the coronavirus, Island County Public Health reported. In addition, South Whidbey School will be closed to… Continue reading

Going the extra mile

What began as a part-time hobby to help people has turned into a nearly full-time occupation. While recovering from donating a kidney to a friend,… Continue reading

More services coming by hospital

A number of changes are in the works for WhidbeyHealth. In addition to opening walk-in clinics in Oak Harbor and Clinton, the hospital district is… Continue reading

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Judge Hancock won’t seek reelection

The Honorable Island County Superior Court Judge Alan Hancock will simplify his title at the end of the year. “Grandpa.” “Husband.” Perhaps “handyman.” Hancock, 69,… Continue reading

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Oak Harbor man tests positive for coronavirus

An Oak Harbor man who is the father of a student at Oak Harbor High School tested positive for the coronavirus. Island County Public Health… Continue reading

Outbreak drains blood banks

Among the many impacts of the coronavirus outbreak is a shortage of blood. Bloodworks Northwest, a statewide blood bank, is asking for healthy and willing… Continue reading

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Norma Smith won’t seek another term

Norma Smith has one year left as a member of the Washington State House of Representatives and she isn’t going to take it easy. Smith,… Continue reading

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Growler lawsuits in two federal courts entangled

Four lawsuits in two different federal courts over Navy jet noise on Whidbey Island have recently become intertwined. The U.S. Department of Justice wants two… Continue reading

County, hospital prep for virus

A run on toilet paper at grocery stores is perhaps the most noticeable visual impact the coronavirus has had on Whidbey Island, but that doesn’t… Continue reading

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                                A desolate shelf of toilet paper in the Goose Community Grocer on Thursday.

Supplies wiped out at stores

Due to increasing fears about coronavirus, shoppers may have found already that several products are in short supply, in big box stores and local businesses… Continue reading

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                                A desolate shelf of toilet paper in the Goose Community Grocer on Thursday.

Board appoints fire commissioner

There’s a new fire commissioner on South Whidbey. During a special meeting on Feb. 24, the South Whidbey Fire/EMS board of commissioners chose Clinton resident… Continue reading