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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

Judge Rules Closed Coal Ash Pond Violated Clean Water Act

U.S. District Judge John Gibney, Jr. has ruled that arsenic in the Elizabeth River is leaking from coal ash ponds at Dominion’s now closed Chesapeake Energy Center violating the Clean Water Act. He did not, however, impose a penalty directing both parties to suggest a remedial plan.

The Sierra Club filed a lawsuit to force Dominion to excavate and remove coal ash to a lined landfill. The Southern Environmental Law Center, represented the Sierra Club and Attorney Deborah Murray said," they’re pleased that the court agreed the law was broken,

Governor Offers Amendments to Coal Ash Disposal Bill

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has proposed amendments to a Senate bill calling for a suspension of the permitting process for closing Dominion Energy’s coal ash ponds for an additional assessment of the impact on water quality and the environment.

Dominion’s Rob Richardson said, “The company’s plans for closing the ponds continue to evolve. Dominion is beginning a feasibility study right away. We have been consistent in saying that he will work to develop closure plans that are specifically designed for each site that are protective of the environment and fully compliant.”

Civil War Cannon Balls Found in Siege Museum

Late yesterday (3/21), the Petersburg Preservation Task Force was inspecting the historic city’s Siege Museum in the Exchange Building on Bank Street, preparing to take over operation of it. They found a number of cannon balls stored in the basement. Three of them caused concern.

City spokesman Clay Hamner said, “Petersburg Police alerted the state police bomb squad. They alerted the Army. Determined that they were most likely live and then decided to call in the EOD which is the Explosive Ordnance Division.”

New Appomattox River Trail Master Plan Released

Efforts continue to develop a trail system along the lower Appomattox River that will run through six municipalities.

The Appomattox River Trail Master Plan has been developed over the past year. Wendy Austin, Executive Director of Friends of the Lower Appomattox River said they gathered local input and worked with design consultants to put it together.

"Put together in two parts. Part I is a trail system and Part 2 is a signage system that coordinates with the trail ..that’s something unique about this plan."

New Appomattox River Trail Master Plan Released

Efforts continue to develop a trail system along the lower Appomattox River that will run through six municipalities.

The Appomattox River Trail Master Plan has been developed over the past year. Wendy Austin, Executive Director of Friends of the Lower Appomattox River, said they gathered local input and worked with design consultants to put it together, put together in two parts.

Austin says, “Part 1 is a trail system and Part 2 is a signage system that coordinates with the trail. That’s something unique about this plan.”

Petersburg Budget Presentation Delayed

The plan was to introduce the first draft of a fiscal 2018 budget at last night’s (3/21) city council meeting in Petersburg.

“We’ll have a special council meeting that’s going to be published today, on Monday night at 6:30,” Birch said.

Birch added, “Creating this budget proposal is especially challenging. Budget analysis is always looking at trends and data. Trends in reporting, how do months look, when did we spend money, how did this budget perform last year, there really isn’t a normal month in Petersburg and hasn’t been for several years.”

Goochland County Launches Salary Study to Retain Employees

Goochland Supervisors are taking steps to reverse a trend. The goal is to attract and retain good people to work for the county.

Kelly Parrish has been Goochland’s Director of Human Resources since 2012.

"This year we found that our turnover rate had increase and we’re always looking for ways to attract and retain employees."

She said a bench mark salary study will help guide their actions:

"To make sure that are salaries are comparable to the other jurisdictions in the surrounding localities."

Hanover Schools Expanding Meal Program to High Schools

Hanover County is one of only two school divisions in the state that doesn’t have students in all grade levels taking part in a federally funded free and reduced price meals program. The new school budget will change that situation in the fall.

While over 17 % of middle schoolers are part of the National School Lunch Program, only 6 % of high school students take part in a local program. Assistant Superintendent Terry Stone is confident there will ll be a change to include high school students in the federal program in the fall:

Richmond Volleyball Club Will Open in Chesterfield

The Chesterfield Economic Development Authority is entering a public private partnership with the Richmond Volleyball Club to build a new indoor sports facility in Stonebridge.

RVC will lease about 50,000 square feet and the county parks and recreation department will also have space in the building. The county’s economic development director, Garrett Hall, said there’s added value for area restaurants and other businesses.

Petersburg Hires Fill Four Management Positions

The Robert Bobb Group has hired people to fill four important management positions in the City of Petersburg.

Deputy Fire Chief Brain Sturdivant has been named Interim Fire Chief. Spokesman Clay Hamner said he is typical of the kind of experienced and well educated people being brought on board. “He holds a master’s degree from the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey California. He also attended Harvard and Arizona State University,” said Hamner.

Terry Burgess, former Director of Development for the Marriot Coporpation is Interim Transit Manger.

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