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Humble beginnings: Whidbey Coffee owner is building success beyond Whidbey's shores

  • Jul 27, 2016 at 3:00PM updated Jul 28, 2016 at 9:59AM

Just before the lunch-time rush, a customer pulls up to the drive-through window at Freeland’s Whidbey Coffee wearing a T-shirt with a vintage company logo. On the other side of the window, Megan Williams is having trouble containing her excitement.

New children’s novel sets story at Fort Casey

  • Jul 27, 2016 at 5:00AM updated at 3:20PM

Evans’ book, “This is Not a Werewolf Story,” is a middle grade novel aimed at 9-to-12-year-old readers that is set at Fort Casey on Whidbey Island.

Fishing vessel runs aground in Penn Cove

  • Jul 26, 2016 at 6:00PM updated Jul 27, 2016 at 3:12PM

A 32-foot private fishing vessel came aground in Penn Cove Tuesday, prompting emergency responders to work together quickly to help contain a fuel spill.

Whidbey's wicked westerly winds need a name

  • Jul 27, 2016 at 7:00AM updated at 3:04PM

The westerly winds that regularly blow in from the Strait of Juan de Fuca are as much a part of the Whidbey Island fabric as any other natural feature.

Lavender Wind Festival will go on despite loss of some 2,000 plants

  • Jul 27, 2016 at 7:00AM

The pretty purple fields at Lavender Wind Farm off West Beach are a far cry from last year’s “bumper” crop.

Burning ban in effect Aug. 1

  • Jul 27, 2016 at 6:00AM

Outdoor burning won’t be allowed in Island County as of Aug. 1.

COER the target of fowl speculation

  • Jul 20, 2016 at 4:00PM updated Jul 26, 2016 at 3:25PM

Commissioner weighs in on erroneous assertions that the activist group wants to ban chickens

If convicted, it’s a 3rd strike for shooter

  • Jul 27, 2016 at 7:00AM

The victim of a July 2 shooting in Oak Harbor is back in the hospital.

Hallahan earns Eagle Scout | Notable

  • Jul 27, 2016 at 3:00AM

Matthew Hallahan, of Boy Scout Troop No. 4059, earned the rank of Eagle Scout on June 24 after completing his project, which was building a fence for the Boys and Girls Club of Oak Harbor.

Parks district preps to present campground plans in Olympia

  • Jul 27, 2016 at 4:00AM

South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District is preparing for an Aug. 9 presentation to the Recreation and Conservation Office, or RCO, as part of an application to score more than half a million dollars in grants to build a campground at Community Park.

Best of Whidbey 2016: Annual awards a night of celebration | Slideshow

  • Jul 27, 2016 at 7:00AM

Businesspeople, volunteers and community leaders from across Whidbey Island celebrated their accomplishments at the Whidbey News Group’s Best of Whidbey banquet Friday.

Association uniting small Whidbey businesses

  • Jul 27, 2016 at 6:00AM

Soap artisans, dog groomers, web designers and more — the Whidbey Island Small Business Association, or WISBA, is uniting locally owned ventures of all varieties to ensure the “little guy” has a shot against big league businesses.

Price Johnson giving the community her all | Letter

  • Jul 27, 2016 at 3:00AM

We are in for Helen Price Johnson. She works 24-7-8-9 for our island communities, their preservation and progression.

Painted rock phenom a welcome distraction | Letter

  • Jul 27, 2016 at 4:00AM

With all of the horrible things happening in the world and all the political mudslinging these days I’m happy to see families out and about on treasure hunts looking for these little stones.

Trump may get around to suppressing you | Letter

  • Jul 27, 2016 at 3:00AM

Martin Niemoller was a German Protestant pastor and social activist who spent nearly a decade in concentration camps. Because he had initially welcomed the advent of the National Socialist regime, he engaged in some poignant self-criticism once the war was over.

Commissioners desire unbiased policy lens | Sound Off

  • Jul 27, 2016 at 4:00AM

The Board of Island County Commissioners gives considerable attention to the importance of protecting our Island environment. Environmental considerations are always at the forefront of our choices while balancing other factors including vital infrastructure, property rights, agricultural needs and overall economic enhancement.

Church Notes

  • Jul 27, 2016 at 4:00AM

Here's what's happening at Whidbey Island churches and places of worship.

Hydroplane races to honor heroes

  • Jul 27, 2016 at 5:00AM

Hydroplanes will skip atop Oak Harbor Bay for the third consecutive year — after a nearly 40-year hiatus — thanks to Craig McKenzie’s wish to give back to the community.

Jail proposes nursing staff that won’t bust budget

  • Jul 23, 2016 at 5:00AM updated Jul 25, 2016 at 3:41PM

With room for 58 inmates, the Island County Jail is small by most standards, but the responsibility to provide inmates with sufficient medical care is anything but. “We’re a small jail but we still have to define a minimal level of care,” Sheriff Mark Brown said. What that level of care should be was the focus for Brown and other county officials last week.

Pape qualifies for finals at Senior Championships | NWAC

  • Jul 25, 2016 at 9:19AM

Jillian Pape of the North Whidbey Aquatic Club clocked five personal bests in six events at the Pacific Northwest Senior Long Course Championships July 21-23 in Federal Way.

Wildcat football team attends team camp | Slideshow

  • Jul 25, 2016 at 8:23AM

Photographer John Fisken caught the Oak Harbor High School football team in action when it attended team camp in Wenatchee July 17-20.

A walk through island history

  • Jul 23, 2016 at 5:00AM

National Park Service to offer rare glimpse inside Ferry House on Aug. 20

Intrepid teens use drone to track boat bandits to Whidbey

  • Jul 23, 2016 at 5:00AM

Two teens with a drone and sheriff’s deputies thwarted South Whidbey boat bandits out for a joyride Wednesday. The unusual case, complete with a happy ending, made regional and even national TV news this week.

Mayor who helped shape modern Oak Harbor honored

  • Jul 23, 2016 at 6:00AM

THE KEY to Koetje’s success in politics and business in the city, he said, was his support of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. In fact, it’s hard to imagine any other mayor in the nation being a greater booster of a local military base than Koetje, who held the office from 1972 to 1996.

How property taxes fund government | Letter

  • Jul 23, 2016 at 1:00AM

First, property values in a few neighborhoods within Island County increased by that amount, but the overall increase within the county was much less. For example, within the area served by Central Whidbey Island Fire & Rescue, AVs rose 3.9 percent.

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