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Coupeville Scarecrow Corridor Winners

  • Oct 30, 2013 at 10:27AM

The Coupeville Chamber of Commerce announced this year’s Scarecrow Corridor winners. More than 20 businesses and groups participated in the annual event.

Oak Harbor may sell off unused parcels

  • Oct 30, 2013 at 12:16PM

Oak Harbor officials are considering selling cityowned property that is vacant and unused. Steve Bebee, operations manager for public works, recently presented City Council members with a list of 21 vacant properties during a workshop meeting. He recommended selling three of the properties, including two large parcels on Sleeper Road. Bebee and Mayor Scott Dudley said in interviews afterward that they would like to use the revenue from the possible sales to purchase other property inside the city.

Coupeville pair qualifies for state | Tennis

  • Oct 31, 2013 at 9:00AM updated Nov 1, 2013 at 9:56AM

Coupeville doubles partners Aaron Curtin and Ben Etzell earned a spot in the 1A state tennis tournament by placing third at quad-district Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the Amy Yee Tennis Center in Seattle.

Oak Harbor Reading Night a hit with families

  • Oct 30, 2013 at 10:38AM

With time running out on an eventful evening, it pained Lynne Tolson to have to put her foot down. But she couldn’t see Lenita Forster performing another round of stomping and clomping dressed as a scarecrow during a story reenactment, so she had to turn a small group of parents and children away. “I think we’re done for the night,” said Tolson, a kindergarten teacher at Oak Harbor Elementary School. “We’ve already done it four times and look at poor Mrs. Nita.”

Oak Harbor Downtown has no tricks, safe treats

  • Oct 30, 2013 at 10:28AM

More activities are still going on in celebration of Halloween. The Downtown Merchants Association is holding its annual No Tricks, Safe Treats, 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31.

Oak Harbor crawls onto the zombie bandwagon

  • Oct 30, 2013 at 11:58AM

The culture behind zombies is something Pam Karels said her family follows. From the old school zombie movies, to the hit AMC television series “The Walking Dead" on AMC, they love everything. “The Night of the Living Dead, the Walking Dead, dead, dead, dead,” Jaclynn Karels said.

New Whidbey Island Bank branch manager

  • Oct 30, 2013 at 10:32AM

Melissa McCumber was promoted to branch manager for Whidbey Island Bank’s Oak Harbor Bayshore branch.

Wolves fall to unbeaten King's | Volleyball

  • Oct 31, 2013 at 9:05AM

King's wrapped up a perfect regular season at Coupeville's expense, beating the host Wolves 3-0 Tuesday, Oct. 29.

Working to give what you expect from your Whidbey News-Times | Publisher's Column

  • Oct 31, 2013 at 9:15AM

Last week, I had the pleasure of visiting with some Oak Harbor merchants at their businesses. Some are advertisers, some not. The intent wasn’t to sell anyone advertising. I learned years ago — during a very brief stint at a local car dealership — that sales isn’t my forte. It’s something best left to the professionals. These visits were an opportunity to meet business owners face to face and hear what they had to say about the newspaper, and to learn what issues are on their minds.

Film set on Whidbey Island postponed, for now

  • Oct 30, 2013 at 11:04AM

An independent feature film planned to be shot on Whidbey Island this fall is on hold after the movie was unable to secure a marquee Hollywood actor. Joseph Itaya, the movie’s producer and director, had hoped to begin production of a children’s adventure film called “Lost & Found” in Coupeville in October; however, the project hinged on landing notable big-screen acting talent that didn’t materialize. Itaya, a graduate of South Whidbey High School who now lives in Los Angeles, is still pressing forward to keep alive his dream of turning a screenplay he wrote in college into a motion picture.

Advisory committee seeks Central Whidbey member

  • Oct 30, 2013 at 11:08AM

With the appointment of two new members, Island County commissioners are still seeking one final Central Whidbey applicant to serve on the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee. The committee represents businesses that are subject to the tax and those that receive the tax funds. The county commissioners appoints members to the committee to three-year terms which may be renewed

Wildcat ousted from district tournament | Tennis

  • Oct 31, 2013 at 9:14AM

Oak Harbor senior Casiano Atienza dropped two matches and was eliminated from the District 1 3A tennis tournament at Stanwood High School Tuesday, Oct. 29.

Whidbey Island NAS implements new commenting form

  • Oct 30, 2013 at 11:11AM

To improve communication with local communities, Whidbey Island Naval Air Station is implementing a new comment process community members are encouraged to use to express their thoughts, concerns and issues.

New Port of Coupeville director questions candidate record

  • Oct 30, 2013 at 11:52AM

A sustainable development mentioned by a Port of Coupeville candidate publicly is eliciting concerns from the port’s incoming executive director. Those concerns arose after Tim McDonald, who will start as port director Dec. 1, wanted to find out more about candidate Dick Bowen’s experience. He said he discovered Bowen was involved with Aspen Trails Ranch, a proposed 325-residence development just outside Helena, Mont, which was a project that spurred litigation and eventually fell through, according to news reports.

Audit overshadows pool director’s own misdeeds | Letters

  • Oct 31, 2013 at 9:00AM

Editor, In an Oct. 19 article in the Whidbey News-Times, “Audit shows city pool aswim in controversy,” the article states “Fund was tapped by fired staff.” Oops, I believe that assuming anything makes an ass of you. The first sentence in the article states an “investigation.” Investigation it may be, but no one has been found guilty.

Man charged after dog bites Oak Harbor officer

  • Oct 31, 2013 at 10:00AM

An Oak Harbor man is accused of using his dog to assault a police officer, according to Island County Superior Court documents. Prosecutors charged Anthony Herrmann, 52, in Superior Court Oct. 16 with third-degree assault. Officer Patrick Horn with the Oak Harbor Police Department responded to a report Oct. 13 that Herrmann was trespassing on a Southeast Maylor Street property.

City children visit Whidbey Island pumpkin patch

  • Oct 30, 2013 at 11:32AM

Even though the fog lingered over the pumpkin patch, two girls were still able to scout for the perfect pumpkins. “I’m looking for the perfect shape because I’m going to get lights and put them in it,” Rammaya, 9, said. Rammaya carefully examined every other pumpkin she passed until she found the perfect shape she was looking for.

Beat goes on in Whidbey Playhouse musical

  • Oct 31, 2013 at 10:00AM updated Nov 1, 2013 at 2:53PM

Oak Harbor residents will be humming Andrew Lloyd Webber show tunes the whole month of November. “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” opens 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov.1 at the Whidbey Playhouse and runs through Nov. 24. Auditions were held in August, and the cast has worked hard to perfect its performances. As soon as the music starts, it’s hard for the audience not to react to the beat.

Oak Harbor gets win, district berth | Volleyball

  • Oct 31, 2013 at 11:00AM updated Nov 1, 2013 at 11:13AM

Oak Harbor locked up a spot in the district volleyball tournament with a 3-0 win at Marysville-Pilchuck Wednesday, Oct. 30.

Wildcats finish with loss but show improvement | Soccer

  • Nov 1, 2013 at 7:00AM updated at 11:13AM

The Oak Harbor High School soccer team ended the 2013 season with a 1-0 loss at Stanwood Wednesday, Oct. 30, but the Wildcats displayed improvement this fall.

Trio leads Aquajets | NWAC

  • Nov 1, 2013 at 8:42AM

Ashleigh Merrill, Jerrin-James Concepcion and Lawrence Zapanta led the North Whidbey Aquatic Club at its Halloween Invitational meet Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 26 and 27.

Veterans seeking donations to help fund memorial’s maintenance in Coupeville

  • Nov 1, 2013 at 8:00AM updated at 10:04AM

Dick Johnson, his father, his son and his grandson all have bricks placed at the Island County Veterans Memorial Plaza in downtown Coupeville. Each of the bricks details the branch of service, years served and the rank of each of his family members. Johnson said that while he is proud of his family’s military service, it’s also important for the community to be aware of those who have served. “It’s important, not so much for me, but it’s important to show people we are defending this country,” Johnson said.

Whidbey Island wife killer sued by victim’s family

  • Oct 30, 2013 at 12:26PM

Robert “Al” Baker is in prison for brutally murdering his wife last year. Now he’s facing a wrongful death lawsuit from his late wife’s niece, who’s acting as personal representative for the estate of Kathie Baker. This is the second civil action filed against Baker in Island County Superior Court since the murder.

Oak Harbor girl killed, twin injured in Highway 20 accident

  • Nov 1, 2013 at 10:00AM updated at 3:45PM

A 17-year-old Oak Harbor girl is dead, her twin sister is in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center and Hospital in Seattle and another young woman is in the hospital following an accident near Anacortes Thursday, according to the Washington State Patrol. Janeah Goheen died at the scene of the accident; her sister, Janesah Goheen, is in the intensive care unit, according to Kellie Tormey, communication coordinator for the Oak Harbor School District. “Everybody here is deeply saddened,” Tormey said. “It’s really a shocking loss to this community.”

A sweet Oak Harbor downtown Halloween

  • Nov 1, 2013 at 3:31PM

There comes a time in life when it starts feeling silly to dress up and go out trick-or-treating on Halloween night. It’s a good thing for 14-year-old Russell Derting, that time is still eons away. The way Derting sees it, he’s got a good three or four more years until he needs to think about leaving the pillow case at home.

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