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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

Deal To Sell Petersburg Hotel Is Off

Only a few days after it was announced, a deal to sell the historic Petersburg Hotel has fallen through. Monument Construction LLC, based in Richmond, has pulled out of the deal with the city to buy the hotel for $800,000.

It isn’t clear why and the city received a letter from the purchasing agent Petersburg Condos LLC, that it was withdrawing “after conducting its investigation.”

Heritage Tourism Important Driver of Virginia’s Economy

Preservation Virginia commissioned the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis at VCU’s Wilder School to evaluate the impact of heritage tourism on Virginia’s economy.

CEO Elizabeth Kostelny noted that this is the third in a series that also analyzed the economic impacts of historic tax credits and the Main Street Program.

"The study finds that $7.7 BILLION is spent by heritage tourists per year in Virginia."

In addition, heritage tourists sites spent more than $430 million adding another $6.5 billion and generating just over a billion dollars in taxes.

Petersburg Hire Former DC Fire Chief

Dennis Rubin has been appointed the new Chief of Petersburg Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Services. Chief Rubin will take over on the 15th of next month, according to city spokesperson Clay Hamner. “He was previously the Fire Chief in Atlanta, Georgia, from 2003 to 2007. After that, he was the Fire Chief in Washington, D.C. until 2011,” said Hamner.

After the mayor who appointed him left office, he left Washington for De Pere, Wisconsin.

High Speed Rail Meeting with Ashland/ Hanover Stakeholders

The route for the 123 mile proposed Washington to Richmond high speed rail line is being hammered out by the Federal Railroad Administration.

In December, Ashland was excluded from five route recommendations. The FRA suggested further study. A meeting last week in Richmond got that ball rolling.

The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation invited Ashland and Hanover County officials, Randolph Macon College, and CSX Transportation to help organize a community advisory committee.

Historic Petersburg Hotel Sold

The historic Petersburg Hotel has been sold to the Richmond based Monument Companies. They’ll spend $6 million to turn it into apartments.

Mayor Sam Parham noted that the city has more than 300 parcels of property still for sale.

"When we get a property like the Hotel Petersburg sold, it goes back on the tax rolls ..brings us tax revenues .. gives us that energy that we need as we continue to heal and rebuild the city."

The six story hotel opened in 1915 and has an impressive marble lobby staircase and other classic design details throughout.

Petersburg City Council Has Options for Water System Challenges

Last night (4/18), The Robert Bobb Group outlined five options to Petersburg City Council to deal with the aging water and wastewater operations, including privatization.

Barb Rudolph, with Clean Sweep Petersburg said that while other options were explained, an effort was made to have council pass a resolution to move to the negotiation phase with two companies bidding to operate the system. “Instead of somebody on council saying ‘I move to accept the resolution presented’ they moved on to the next agenda item and Robert Bobb was visibly shaken by that,” said Rudolph.