Jack Jacobs

Writer

Jack Jacobs covers James City County for the Virginia Gazette. Previously, he reported for the Tidewater Review in West Point. He can be reached by phone at 757-298-6007. Follow him on Twitter at jajacobs_.

Recent Articles

  • James City wrestles with development in upper county

    James City wrestles with development in upper county

    The times, they are a-changin’ in James City County. Perhaps the passage of time is most dramatic in the upper county, where historic farmland has been giving way to development in recent decades. In 1940, there were 326 farms in the county. By 2012, that figure had dropped to 83. James City had...

  • Planning commission shelves Norge apartments application

    Planning commission shelves Norge apartments application

    The county planning commission delayed a decision Wednesday on a developer's application to rezone agricultural land which would have allowed the company to build an apartment complex near Norge. Connelly Development LLC, the applicant, requested the commission delay its vote on the application...

  • VDOT public meeting to gather feedback on Skiffes Creek Connector alternatives

    VDOT public meeting to gather feedback on Skiffes Creek Connector alternatives

    Residents will have a chance to weigh in on preliminary options for the location of the Skiffes Creek connector road between Route 60 and Route 143 at a public meeting Feb. 15. The project to connect Route 60 (Pocahontas Trail) and Route 143 (Merrimac Trail) with a road near the Walmart Distribution...

  • National Weather Service to hold severe weather spotter class

    National Weather Service to hold severe weather spotter class

    The National Weather Service will train people interested in becoming severe weather spotters with a free class April 11 in James City. The 2-hour basic Skywarn class is a joint venture between James City, Williamsburg and the National Weather Service. The class, which will be held at the James...

  • 'People called her the queen of protocol': Mary Humelsine dies

    'People called her the queen of protocol': Mary Humelsine dies

    Mary Humelsine, know locally as an institution of hospitality and community engagement, has died. She was 99. “People called her the queen of protocol.” said Al Louer. “She was a delightful person.” Louer worked in Colonial Williamsburg’s public relations department during parts of the tenure of...

  • Historic Triangle moves closer to Peninsula Airport Commission membership

    Historic Triangle moves closer to Peninsula Airport Commission membership

    Hampton City Council voted to allow Williamsburg, James City and York counties to join the Peninsula Airport Commission, leaving Newport News City Council to give the final OK for the localities to join the commission that oversees Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport. The commission...

  • Wittman calls for stronger military at veterans forum

    Wittman calls for stronger military at veterans forum

    Rob Wittman led a discussion heavy on defense and veteran’s issues at Patriots Colony Thursday. Wittman, a Republican who represents Virginia’s 1st District in the House of Representatives, spoke to about 50 people at the retirement community for former military officers and civil servants in James...

  • James City County eyes waterfront investment at marina

    James City County eyes waterfront investment at marina

    The county is looking at waterfront improvements and a restaurant in James City County Marina after a brewery put down roots in the area. In 2015, the county elected to hold onto the marina despite offers from several buyers, including a $500,000 pitch from Eco Discovery Park founder Steve Rose,...

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