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John Ogle began his career in broadcast journalism while still in high school. In nearly 50 years on the radio he has worked as a news anchor for the ABC, NBC, and Mutual networks and as News Director of radio stations in Richmond, Miami, Washington, and New York City. After ten years as News Director of WCXR, Alexandria, John returned to Richmond in 1993 and organized The Richmond Times Dispatch Broadcast News Service. In its 12 year history, the network’s programming was heard on 20 radio stations across Virginia. John retired from the Times Dispatch at the end of 2004 but is still heard daily as a freelance Correspondent on WCVE Public Radio and on the ABC Radio Network.

Articles by John Ogle

Petersburg Mayor Sues Former Employer

W. Howard Myers, the Mayor of Petersburg, is suing the non profit Virginia Supportive Housing. He says he was fired for, as he put it, “being too black.”

Myers filed suit in U.S. District Court last month. He claims a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

According to the Times-Dispatch, the Mayor is asking for a total of some $1.8 million in back pay and loss of salary, punitive damages and compensation for humiliation although the exact amount is unclear in court records.

James River Association Concerns Over Coal Ash Dewatering

The James River Association has joined with the Southern Environmental Law Center to urge the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to toughen a draft permit to dewater coal ash ponds at Dominion’s Chesterfield Power Station.

The JRA says it believes the draft permit falls short of adequately protecting the river.

Jamie Brunkow, the association’s Lower James Riverkeeper, noted a 12 year old study that led to DEQ permitting the hot water discharge.

Dominion Defends Actions to Drain Coal Ash in Chesterfield

At the end of last week, the James River Association and the Southern Environmental Law Center expressed concerns over a Dept. of Environmental Quality draft permit to allow Dominion Power to dewater coal ash ponds at its Chesterfield Power Station.

Dominion has worked with the JRA to do the same kind of thing at two other sites.

The environmental groups are urging DEQ to amend the draft permit citing specifically the impact of water used for cooling that is discharged at temperatures as high as 129 degrees.

A Year After Nearly Closing Sweet Briar College is Thriving

Sweet Briar College nearly closed forever. Now, after coming in this year $2 million under budget for the first time in history, fundraising and enrollment have exceeded expectations.

2016, with a new President and a new board, was a rebuilding year at Sweet Briar. Frank Roach, a member of the Sweet Briar Board, said they hope to double the amount over the next two years.

Sweet Briar, thanks to alumnae recruiting efforts, had a record number of applications for the fall and there are 175 incoming students.

Dominion Says Most Of Storm Outages Repaired

The heavy wind and rain that blew through parts of Richmond Tuesday night (7/19) knocked the power out for thousands of Dominion customers. Crews have been working around the clock ever since.

Dominion’s Jannell Hancock spent most of the day with crews in the hardest hit areas.

As it gets darker, she said, please slow down and pay attention in those work areas.

Investigations Find No Improprieties at Medical Examiner’s Office

Allegations of fraud, the sale of donated human brains, incompetent pathologists, poor leadership, and bias toward law enforcement at the Office of Virginia’s Chief Medical Examiner have been proven baseless.

An independent investigator looked into the claims made by a former assistant chief medical examiner, Dr. Kevin Whaley, in a YouTube posting

Chesterfield Schools Adopt Design For Elementary Schools

The Chesterfield County School Board has adopted a prototype design for four elementary schools.

Chesapeake based RRMM Architects won the contract with a one story design of nearly 85,000 square feet. The schools will accommodate 750 to 778 students each.

Chesterfield Supt. of Schools James Lane said the Beulah and Enon Schools are projected to open in 2018. Motoaca and the new school in Midlothian are set for 2019.

Petersburg Officials Salaries Now Subject to Pay Cuts

Petersburg City Council voted yesterday (7/19) to include city officials in the 10% pay cut imposed on some 600 city workers to help drain $17 million of red ink from the city budget. 4th Ward Councilman Brian Moore made the motion to include himself and his council colleagues and council appointees who make less than $55,000 in the 10% pay cuts.

The salary reductions had been set to start with the pay period that begins on Friday.

Moore is not alone on council in disagreeing with those who say the pay cuts are a drop in the bucket and massive layoffs will be needed.

Only One I-95 Protester Arrested Yesterday From Richmond

Thirteen Black Lives Matter protestors were arrested after briefly blocking I-95 near Belvidere last night in Richmond. State Police have released their names.

Troopers were called just before 6:00 p.m. and, as traffic backed up, they made contact with the protest coordinators and told them they had to move. Trooper Sgt. Steve Vick says they were taken to the Richmond City Jail.

One protester was from Richmond. That was 32 year old Whitney Whiting.

Henrico Will Begin Building Cobbs Creek Reservoir Next Year

Henrico is taking steps to ensure the county’s long term water needs. Construction of the Cobbs Creek Reservoir, in Cumberland County, will begin next year.

During periods when river flow is high, the county will bring water into the reservoir and release it when the water flow is low.

The Cobbs Creek Reservoir will be constructed near the southern bank of the James River between Bremo Bluff and Columbia.