Debra Vaughn

Oak Harbor police seeking tips leading to Subway robber

Oak Harbor police are looking for a man who robbed the Subway sandwich shop off Highway 20 Tuesday night.

Vandals throw church for loop as Easter nears

Rev. Jeffrey Spencer arrived at work Monday morning to an ugly surprise. Someone had spray painted two walls near the entrance of the Oak Harbor Lutheran Church where he serves as pastor.

Navy SAR evacuates woman from Whidbey General Hospital

A Search and Rescue team from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island evacuated a pregnant woman suffering a fetal emergency Wednesday from Whidbey General Hospital in Coupeville.

Army to conduct communications training at OLF

Starting Monday, expect to see Army tents, generators, vehicles and other equipment at the Outlying Landing Field in Coupeville.

Army, Navy to hold training jointly at OLF

Starting Monday, expect to see Army tents, generators, vehicles and other equipment at the Outlying Landing Field in Coupeville.

Pageant crowns new Miss Oak Harbor

The new Miss Oak Harbor is Mara Powers, a top student at Oak Harbor High School.

Weather geek: Hobbyist gaining following with his spot-on forecasts

THE SITE is a public Facebook page called North Whidbey Island Weather. It was started two years ago by William Ingram of Oak Harbor, a self-described “weather geek” who worked for the Navy as an aviation electronics technician.

Sign supporting Bernie Sanders targeted by vandals

Gary Stone's "Bernie 2016" sign survived two 60 mph Whidbey Island windstorms but not a bout with a yahoo armed with spray paint.

Soroptimist hosting women’s film festival Tuesday

Soroptimist Oak Harbor is hosting a national traveling festival of short films by, for, and about women Tuesday at the Oak Harbor Elks Lodge.

Oak Harbor Middle School student places among the top spellers, nearly earns spot in national bee

Spelling has always come naturally to Natasha Decker. It’s not just talent but hard work that took her within a hair’s breadth of reaching the Scripps National Spelling Bee — a prestigious televised event featuring the best spellers in the country.

Offerings of luck left on Oak Harbor doorsteps

Leprechauns left a little surprise outside Oak Harbor businesses Thursday. The fairies deposited potatoes topped with Irish flags outside doorsteps along Pioneer Way and other parts of town sometime in the wee hours of St. Patrick’s Day. They also stenciled shamrocks on the ground to bring a bit of extra luck.

Wind doesn’t stop festival: 10,000 attend annual mussel eating event

Champion mussel eater Elmer Carampot offered only one piece of advice: Just keep swallowing. The Blaine resident won Saturday’s mussel eating contest at the annual Penn Cove MusselFest, slurping down three red plastic cups worth of the mollusks in a few minutes.

Another storm blows through Whidbey

After a brief breath, another windstorm whomped Whidbey Island on Sunday.

Rotary celebrates 80th, honors former Oak Harbor mayor

Rotary Club of Oak Harbor — known to many around town as “the noon Rotary” — celebrated its 80th birthday Friday at the Yacht Club with paper hats, a giant cake and recognition of its most faithful member.

Penn Cove MusselFest 2016 | Slideshow

Hundreds of people filled Coupeville streets Saturday and Sunday to enjoy the annual Penn Cove MusselFest.

Oak Harbor school staff saves man’s life

Quick action on the part of some Oak Harbor School District staff helped saved the life of a North Whidbey Lions Club member.

Health care for the soul: Chaplain lending an ear

Dave Engle is one of seven chaplains who volunteer at the hospital. Although Whidbey General is a secular hospital, the chaplains’ function is vital in a place where people can often feel powerless and alone, said Nancy Bailey, manager of volunteer services.

Whidbey General Hospital, nurses reach contract agreement

A year after the first negotiations, Whidbey General Hospital and the nurses’ union ratified a new agreement March 4.

Digging into history: City’s archaeologist on the job monitoring projects big and small

The city hired Gideon Cauffman in May to not only document and preserve cultural artifacts, but to make sure the city complies with state and federal laws. If artifacts are found, he identifies them, evaluates their significance and advises how to handle the site.

North Whidbey fire station nears completion

Work is nearly complete on a new North Whidbey Fire and Rescue station at the corner of Troxell and Monkey Hill roads.