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COVID-19 numbers rising, but remain below those of surrounding counties

Health officials are also planning for future vaccine distribution.

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Growler squadron, Whidbey business owner partner to light up hangar

The “Gauntlets” of VAQ-136 hung a large sign to mark the Growler squadron’s 50th anniversary.

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Arcade owner is not ready to say game over

A friend of the Machine Shop in Langley is asking for help to keep its doors open.

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Langley approves utility rate increases

Water and stormwater rates will increase by 6 percent, and sewer will go up by 8 percent.

Trustland Trails may get additions

South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District is seeking public input on new trails.

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Two Whidbey residents receive Episcopal awards

Two Whidbey residents recently received awards from the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, recognizing their services to their parishes. Molly Felder-Grimm, a parish administrator at St.… Continue reading

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Mobile Turkey Unit accepting volunteers, meal sign-ups

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

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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

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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

Coupeville School District delays in-person learning

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

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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.

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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.
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“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.

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“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.
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Fundraisers to help Coupeville woman with a rare disorder

A woman with a rare genetic disorder is seeking support from the community. After eight months of visits to the doctor’s office, Coupeville resident Jacquelynn… Continue reading

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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.

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Langley man builds automatic candy dispenser for Halloween

A socially distant candy chute is one man’s idea for a COVID-safe Halloween.

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Districts differ in how they approach in-person learning

South Whidbey School District wants to bring 150 “at-risk” kids back to school.

Photo by Scott PriceJoe Treat’s driftwood sculpture of a Tyrannosaurus rex rolls across Deception Pass Bridge Sunday. It was installed Monday morning at Price Sculpture Forest in Coupeville. The park is set to open Oct. 23.

Coupeville sculpture forest park opening on Oct. 23

The sculpture park features a driftwood dinosaur and gorilla, among other creatures.

Photo by Scott PriceJoe Treat’s driftwood sculpture of a Tyrannosaurus rex rolls across Deception Pass Bridge Sunday. It was installed Monday morning at Price Sculpture Forest in Coupeville. The park is set to open Oct. 23.

Coupeville kindergartener tests positive COVID-19

The student’s class has stopped in-person learning and were told to self-quarantine for two weeks.

Clinton dock in danger of floating away

A 20-by-30 foot float section of Clinton Beach Dock is in danger of floating away.

Driver injured after car rolls on highway

The driver’s injuries were non-life-threatening.