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

  • A diverse collection of trees call William and Mary home

    A diverse collection of trees call William and Mary home

    Between academic achievement and its place in American history, the College of William and Mary is an institution in more ways than one. One more feather in the university’s cap is its status as an arboreal landmark, boasting noteworthy tree specimens from across the world. Over the years, William...

  • Residental proffers could get a new lease on life in James City

    Residental proffers could get a new lease on life in James City

    James City County staff are studying re-introducing residential proffers into the zoning ordinance in response to recent changes to state law. There’s no timeline on when a staff recommendation may go before the Board of Supervisors for approval, but if the county decides to accept residential...

  • Tourism Council to seek opinion from Attorney General on public body status

    Tourism Council to seek opinion from Attorney General on public body status

    A legal opinion from the state’s Division of Legislative Services didn’t settle the question of whether the Tourism Council is a public body. Now the question will go to the Attorney General’s office, Tourism Council board chairman and York supervisor Jeff Wassmer said during the Tourism Council’s...

  • Tourism Council increases marketing budget by $2.4 million

    Tourism Council increases marketing budget by $2.4 million

    The Tourism Council revealed an updated 2019 budget Tuesday, which included a $2.4 million bump to marketing spending to further energize the organization’s efforts to entice overnight tourists to visit the Historic Triangle. The additional funds bring the organization’s budget to $11 million,...

  • DEQ: West Point paper mill emitted fewer pounds of toxic chemicals in 2017

    DEQ: West Point paper mill emitted fewer pounds of toxic chemicals in 2017

    Though West Point’s paper mill cracked the top 10 largest emitters of toxic materials in the state in 2017, the mill emitted fewer pounds of chemicals into the environment compared to the previous year. The paper mill released 852,914 pounds of toxic materials at its location in 2017. That figure...

  • Celebrate Earth Day at events across the Historic Triangle

    Celebrate Earth Day at events across the Historic Triangle

    Next Monday is Earth Day, and there are more than a few ways to celebrate environmental stewardship in the area this weekend and beyond. From special recycling programs to a litter pick-up excursion and a free festival, there’s something for everyone. First, the fun stuff. William and Mary Earth...

  • James City County finance director Sue Mellen to retire

    James City County finance director Sue Mellen to retire

    Sue Mellen will retire from her post as the chief of James City County’s finance department April 30. Mellen has served in a number of roles in the department over the course of a 31-year career. Most recently, she has worked as the finance department director since 2015. “It’s been a great 31...

  • Amid country's demographic change, local museums seek to attract visitors

    Amid country's demographic change, local museums seek to attract visitors

    While the history of the United States doesn’t change, the demographic makeup of the people who live in the United States is expected to. The region’s economy profits off America’s origin story. If that’s going to continue, local museums have to entice new visitors -- representing younger generations...

64°