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Democrats ahead in local, state races

The first count of ballots in county and state races affecting Whidbey Island show Democratic candidates dominating. In addition, North Whidbey Fire and Rescue’s property… Continue reading

City of Oak Harbor moves forward with zoning change

The city is trying to change the zoning of its 75-acre property so it can become a park.

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Cleaning up: Island thrift stores packed with donated treasures

Whidbey’s thrift stores have seen an influx of donations during the pandemic.

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Jail earns distinction for efforts with mentally ill

Island County was recognized for its data-driven efforts to help people with mental health issues.

Mobile Turkey Unit accepting volunteers, meal sign-ups

The group is gearing up to make 700 meals and is looking for volunteers.

Oak Harbor Public Schools Transportation Director Francis Bagarella helped the school district secure a grant to cover the cost of its new all-electric bus. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Plugged in: Oak Harbor school district adds electric bus to its fleet

Whidbey’s only electric school bus will be driving the streets of Oak Harbor soon.

Oak Harbor Public Schools Transportation Director Francis Bagarella helped the school district secure a grant to cover the cost of its new all-electric bus. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Gerber and Hudson are again partnering with the Whidbey Community Foundation to donate sales of the little collectable to Whidbey nonprofits. Photo provided.

Sculpture sales will benefit nonprofits

Sculpture aficionados will have the chance to get their hands on their own miniature casts handmade by artist Georgia Gerber and her husband, Randy Hudson.… Continue reading

Gerber and Hudson are again partnering with the Whidbey Community Foundation to donate sales of the little collectable to Whidbey nonprofits. Photo provided.

Greene, Bacon differ on county priorities

In the race for District 1 Island County commissioner, voters have a choice between a traditional Democrat and a traditional Republican. At least that’s how… Continue reading

South Whidbey Children’s Center recipient of $10,000 matching grant

The South Whidbey Children’s Center in Langley is hoping people will consider matching a donation of $10,000 from a community member. The childcare facility is… Continue reading

Fence-stealing neighbors | Island Scanner

Island Scanner Oct. 19-21.

Blood drive next week in Langley

South Whidbey residents will have a chance to give blood at a pop-up donation site next week. Bloodworks Northwest will be hosting a blood drive… Continue reading

Coupeville School District delays in-person learning

The school will re-evaluate its reopening plans in January 2021.

Hospital reports phony bill collector

WhidbeyHealth officials are warning about a scam artist who is calling residents and pretending to be a bill collector. According to the hospital, the faux… Continue reading

Oak Harbor pool aiming to reopen Monday, Nov. 2

The commissioners also agreed to raise the fee to $5, up from $3.50, per half-hour reserved session.

Oak Harbor spends $15,000 to gauge public opinion

The media monitoring software will hopefully help the city make decisions, staff said.

Photo by Kira Erickson/Whidbey News Group
Annalise Litchard, a barista at Rock Island Coffee, prepares a latte for a customer. The Oak Harbor coffee shop is closing on Halloween. Staff will be relocating to Sunshine Drip in Coupeville, Rock Island’s sister store.

Pandemic blamed for spate of business closures

Yet new stores continue to open despite challenges.

Photo by Kira Erickson/Whidbey News Group
Annalise Litchard, a barista at Rock Island Coffee, prepares a latte for a customer. The Oak Harbor coffee shop is closing on Halloween. Staff will be relocating to Sunshine Drip in Coupeville, Rock Island’s sister store.

Toilet, woman reportedly clogged | Island Scanner

Island Scanner Oct. 14-19.

Photo provided“The Voice of God,” by sculptor Lane Tompkins, has been missing from its place in an outdoor sculpture garden in Freeland since Oct. 14. Tompkins is hopeful someone might recognize the sculpture.

Art piece snatched from sculpture garden

Someone stole “The Voice of God” from a Freeland sculpture garden.

Photo provided“The Voice of God,” by sculptor Lane Tompkins, has been missing from its place in an outdoor sculpture garden in Freeland since Oct. 14. Tompkins is hopeful someone might recognize the sculpture.

Early voter turnout high in Island County

Almost half of Island County voters had already voted as of Oct. 26.

Island County receives more CARES pandemic funds

The most recent round of funds - nearly $1.7 million - was awarded to the county in early September.