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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

SCC Report Says Underwater Power Cables Viable On Rapphannock

Staff attorneys at the State Corporation Commission have issued a report that concludes running new electric cables under the Rappahannock River is a viable alternative to erecting five steel towers near the Norris Bridge.

William Barnhardt, owner of Willaby’s Restaurant, near the bridge, filed suit and construction has been on hold. Michael York, Barnhardt’s attorney, calls the report a “game changer.”

Ashland Offers Meals Tax Rebates in Hospitality District

The Ashland Economic Development Authority unanimously adopted a policy last night (2/23) that’s intended to develop restaurants near exit 92 from Interstate 95.

Joe Topham, the town’s business retention and expansion manager, says it is very similar to the hotel incentive program established a few months back. Topham said, “The most significant issue we’ve had with exit 92 has been the cost of redeveloping sites that already exit there that are underutilized or used for another purpose.”

Hopewell Council Looking To Move Forward On Public Safety Building

Hopewell City Council this week began looking for a way to get a long delayed public safety building project back on track. The city received nine bids to build new police and fire stations.

Public Works Director Ed Watson said, “Time ran out officially for us, according to the bidding form, in January.”

Newport News Shipbuilding Has 3,000 New Jobs Available

With more than 20,000 employees, Virginia’s largest industrial employer, Newport News Shipbuilding, is hiring now.

The company’s Vice President for Human Resources is Susan Jacobs, "For this year we’re talking about 3,000 new employees. Primarily we’re looking for individuals to fill new trade positions.. welders, electricians, pipe fitters, painters, designers and we’re looking for some new IT people."

They’re also hiring engineers. Anywhere between 300 and 600 between now and over the next 18 months.

Bobb Says Efforts Will Continue to Update Petersburg Water System

Consultant Robert Bobb said Petersburg City Council’s decision to postpone moving forward on two bids to repair and maintain the city’s aging water system won’t change the need to do the work to update it.

Bobb told 88.9 WCVE News, “To some extent we took a step backward but it’s okay in the extent to which you have a more robust citizen process it’s good.”

Petersburg City Council Decides Not To Vote On Water System

At a meeting last night (2/21), Petersburg City Councilman Charlie Cuthbert made a motion to postpone a vote on moving forward with bids to privatize the city’s aging water system.

The Robert Bobb Group said getting the system up to acceptable standards could cost $97 million. The Bobb Group asked to approve consideration of proposals from Aqua Virginia and Virginia American Water Company to buy and operate the system.

Shipbuilder Announces Plans To Hire 3,000 Workers In Virginia

The nation’s largest military shipbuilder says it plans to hire 3,000 workers in Virginia this year. Huntington Ingalls Industries says that number includes 250 engineers and designers.

Spokeswoman Christie Miller said its facility in Newport News is also recruiting IT professionals, welders and shipfitters.

The yard builds and overhauls nuclear aircraft carriers. Large portions of submarines also are built there.

Profits are soaring at the company overall, driven in large part by its Gulf Coast shipyard.

Virginia Students Rank Sixth in the Nation in AP Exam Qualification

The non profit College Board has released figures on the number of high school seniors qualifying for credit on Advanced Placement Exams. Virginia student did very well.

Charles Pyle at the state department of education said, "Virginia is sixth in the nation in terms of the percentage of students who have earned at least one qualifying score on an AP Examination."

He noted that, in the past few years Virginia has been ranked third or fourth but that doesn’t indicate that fewer students are taking AP tests or that their performance has slackened.

Petersburg Council Will Hear Water System Report Tonight

Petersburg City Council will hear from the Robert Bobb Group tonight about the steps being taken to deal with the city’s drinking water and wastewater systems. Privatization is one option and no decision on that will apparently be made tonight.

Acting City Manager Tom Tyrell explained that there are safety and function issues and an infrastructure to deal with that has some pipes that are well over a hundred years old:

"We are going to do the right thing. And, we’re going to look at it through sophisticated eyes, with a great deal of diligence."

Repairing and Sustaining Petersburg’s Aging Water Systems

When Petersburg City Council meets tonight they’ll hear a presentation from the Robert Bobb Group explaining the condition of the city’s water and waste water operations and options to sustain and update it.

Acting City Manager Tom Tyrell said the fundamental question is how the city will pay for the sadly neglected water system and contribute its fair share to capital improvement programs that it depends on.