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Message from an Extraordinary Public Servant, Friend

The citizens of Orange County have been well served by Commissioner Barry Jacobs for the past sixteen years.  He works hard to respond to the needs of a diverse county; and is a leader on issues of public education, affordable … Continue reading

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Hearing the Public on Rural Recycling

Last night the Board of Commissioners held the first of two public hearings on the possibility of instituting a solid waste service tax district in rural Orange County. We heard from about 20 speakers. Good points were made on both sides … Continue reading

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Courtside

Three days into the ACC Tournament here at Greensboro, the stakes suddenly seemed higher. Perhaps that’s because the potent men’s programs from North Carolina — Duke, North Carolina, and N.C. State — were slated for competition today. The Tar Heels were … Continue reading

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Strong Week

Last week started with Sunday’s always-inspirational annual Pauli Murray awards at the Central Orange Senior Center — a much-needed, multipurpose facility which I helped to design after leading efforts to secure bond funding for its construction. The county attached the senior … Continue reading

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Recent Articles in Raleigh News and Observer

Since September I’ve been writing a weekly column on sports for Raleigh’s News and Observer. Many of the articles also run in its sister paper, the Charlotte Observer. http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/02/19/3637143/jacobs-79-duke-unc-basketball.html http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/02/16/3613424/1974-acc-final-changed-ncaa-tourney.html http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/02/14/3623384/jacobs-maryland-set-for-last-acc.html http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/02/07/3600444/jacobs-roy-williams-says-its-been.html http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/02/05/3594263/sons-of-sports-refs-motivated.html http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/01/23/3559014/jacobs-clemsons-0-56-record-at.html http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/01/18/3544631/jacobs-unc-haunted-by-kenan-field.html http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/01/09/3520168/jacobs-dukes-jabari-parker-deals.html http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/01/01/3500263/wake-forest-guard-learns-from.html    

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Pauli Murray awards

Today the Orange County Human Relations Commission hosted the annual Pauli Murray Awards ceremony. The event commemorates the life and values of Pauli Murray, a courageous and trailblazing champion of equal rights and social justice whose family hailed in part … Continue reading

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Links to recent posts on accsports.com

http://www.accsports.com/articles/jacobs-new-guys-bring-new-order http://www.accsports.com/articles/jacobs-courage-confidence-bite-bc http://www.accsports.com/articles/ncaa-creeps-toward-change http://www.accsports.com/articles/acc%E2%80%99s-status-remains-unclear http://www.accsports.com/articles/jacobs-acc-enjoys-parallel-with-super-bowl-past http://www.accsports.com/articles/jacobs-hype-no-substitute-for-performance http://www.accsports.com/articles/jacobs-when-one-is-undone  

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Coal ash danger in Orange County?

Raleigh’s News and Observer has a story today (2-23-14) about the dangerous presence of coal ash holding ponds around North Carolina (not to mention the rest of the U.S.) A map accompanying the article by John Murawski appears to include … Continue reading

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Thanks!

Thank you to the voters of Orange County for their gratifying support in the recent Democratic primary for county commissioner at-large. Serving as your commissioner these past years has been an honor and a privilege, and I look forward to … Continue reading

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Davis Injury Yields Henson Revelation

My latest column was published at TarHeelBlue.com last week. The news that Ed Davis decided to turn pro unofficially concluded North Carolina’s 2009-10 basketball season. The Tar Heels have now yielded 19 players early to the NBA, going back to … Continue reading

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