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John Ogle

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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

State Police Say Speed Was a Factor in Bus Crash

Virginia State Police said this morning (11/30) that speed was a factor in last night’s crash in Chesterfield County of a bus operated by Home Ride of Virginia crashed last night in Chesterfield County.

The bus was carrying 49 college students back to UVa, Tech, and Radford, wrecked on the southbound ramp from the Powhite to the Chippenham Parkway just after 7:15 p.m. last night.

The bus driver, 58 year old Thomas Chidester from Salem, is charged with reckless driving.

A Tale of Two Coaches

It’s a tale of two coaches. When the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech play football next season, both will have new head coaches on the sidelines.

Virginia Tech has hired Justin Fuente to take over for the retiring Frank Beamer and Mike London has resigned as head coach at UVa. Fuente, has been head coach at the University of Memphis and produced a team with one of the most potent offenses in the country this season.

They beat SMU Saturday (11/28) 63 to 0. Details of his contract are going to be released this afternoon (11/30).

Virginia Uranium Files Another Lawsuit

Virginia Uranium, Inc. has filed another lawsuit, its second, calling for an end to the Commonwealth’s ban on uranium mining.

The company, based in Chatham, sued Governor Terry McAuliffe and other state officials in Wise County Circuit Court last week requesting either the lifting of the ban or compensation for taking their property.

President and CEO Walter Coles, Sr. claims his company would “construct and operate the safest and most modern uranium mining operation in the world.

VCU Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill Finances

Virginia Health Information has released data on the financial performance of hospitals in the state. VCU Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill shows a healthy bottom line.

Net income last year was over $8 million with operating income of just over $6 million.

CEO Scott Burnette said the 2014 data doesn’t reflect the current state of CMH finances.

In July of last year, the affiliation with VCU was completed and staff was added, merit pay for employees was restored, salary adjustments were made, and funding was restored for retirement benefits.

SCC Considering Two Issues in Tower Dispute

The State Corporation Commission is looking at two issues regarding its regulatory authority over Dominion Power’s plans for transmission towers across the Rappahannock River.

Will the towers carry only 115 kilovolt lines or will they be able to carry 230 kilovolt lines in the future, which would require regulatory approval.

Dominion notes that the SCC has no jurisdiction on lines under 138 kilovolts. The lines in this case, attorney Vishwa Link said, are “115 today and 115 tomorrow.”

Mecklenburg Close to Getting Rid of Vehicle Decals

75% of Virginia counties have already eliminated vehicle decals. Now, Mecklenburg County is on track to do the same. The Board of Supervisors finance committee of the has agreed on a plan that will sustain revenue lost if the decals are eliminated.

Under the plan, the assessed tax valuation of vehicles would be 10% higher that then “clean trade value.” At present that valuation is based on the “clean loan rate.”

Supervisors will vote on the proposal at their meeting next month. If they give the okay it will be fiscal 2017 before it goes into effect.

Rezoning Will Bring 62 Rental Units to Petersburg

Petersburg City Council has voted to rezone a long vacant building at 1131 Commerce Street and Richmond based Jordan Properties will convert it to the Long Lofts.

The property dates to 1900. Rogers and Madison Steamer Trunks made luggage there. Long Manufacturing bought it in the 1920s and made trunks and suitcase locks.

They plan to begin the renovation after the first of the year.

Chesterfield County Planners Study Additional Bike Trails

Chesterfield presently has 35 miles of on-road bicycle lanes that were put in place in 1989. Most of them involve Route 10 in Chester and are a single white line separating bicyclists from cars.

The county’s principal planner, Heather Barrar, says a Bikeways and Trails plan to increase mileage and safety is included in the Comprehensive Plan adopted in 2012.

The cost could be several million dollars.

Northumberland Will Charge for Emergency Services

Northumberland Supervisors County have voted unanimously to do what other counties are doing and charge for emergency services.

Board chair Ronnie Jett said it is an attempt to recoup at least a small percentage of the cost of providing the services. He said there’ll be meetings in a number of parts of the county to explain the reason and answer questions.

County Administrator Kenny Eades told the Rappahannock Record that due to necessary Medicaid and Medicare paperwork, he doesn’t expect the charges to begin until April at the earliest.

Colonial Heights School Superintendent’s Contract Extended

The Colonial Heights School Board has voted unanimously to extend the contract of Supt. of School Joseph Cox, Jr.

Dr. Cox will remain at the helm until June of 2018. He began as superintendent in 2001.

He was born and raised in Colonial Heights, attending North Elementary, Colonial Heights Junior High, now the middle school, and he graduated from the high school in 1972.

His first teaching job was at the junior high school. Nine years later he moved over to the high school to teach government and history.