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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.

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Petersburg Signing Up Volunteer Ambassadors

The City of Petersburg’s Office of Volunteerism and Community Engagement began yesterday (9/11) to sign up volunteers for its new Ambassadors Programs.

Darnetta Tyus is the city’s new Deputy City Manager and Director of Community Affairs. She most recently held a similar job as Manager of Community Engagement in Washington, D.C. “We’ll focus on all of the departments and agencies who actually impact the lives of residents to trust their government again.”

National Rankings of U.S. Colleges Released

U.S. News and World Report has released its annual National University Ranking if the top 300 colleges in the country. Virginia has six schools in the top 230.

Once again, The University of Virginia ranks among the top 25 schools in the country, but just barely. UVa was 24th last year, dropped one place this year. UVa was also named the third best public university.

Petersburg Fire Department Has First New Truck

The Petersburg Fire Department has taken delivery of the first of what will finally be three badly needed new fire trucks and an ambulance. The cost of the equipment will be just over $1.4 million.

Brian Sturdivant, deputy chief of operations, said increasing equipment reliability “...decreases the anxiety and the apprehension of our members relative to their safety equipment and the mental wellbeing of firefighting and the strenuous emotional toll that takes place.”

Petersburg City Council Drops Water System Sale from Agenda

A vote on moving forward with the PPEA process, that would provide details of selling Petersburg’s water system operations, was removed from last night’s city council agenda at the last minute. Mayor Sam Parham said the council had “no action to take.”

Approval of the PPEA would allow the city to see the actual dollar amounts of bids from two companies.

Virginia Scores Well on ACT Tests – Again

The SATs and ACTs are tests high school students take who want to go to college. 2017 scores have been released for Virginia students who took the ACTs.

The Virginia Department of Education’s Charles Pyle explained that 36 is a perfect score on the ACTs. “We had 69 students in Virginia who achieved perfect ACT scores and of those, 58 were public school students.”

The ACT tests in English, reading, math, and science.

National Weather Service Keeping an Eye on Irma

With the situation in Texas still in the news, the presence of a very powerful Hurricane Irma bearing down on Florida has many Virginians wondering if it’ll head our way.

Jeff Orrock, Meteorologist in Charge at the National Weather Service in Wakefield, explained.

"Earlier predictions were pulling Irma up the Eastern seaboard, now it looks like the weather system that’s going to come through here mid-week is going to pass the hurricane by and the hurricane turns much later."

The million dollar question, he said, is how far West will Irma go before it makes its turn.

Public Meeting Set at Randolph-Macon on High Speed Rail Route

Late last month, the Ashland/Hanover Community Advisory Council heard from the Department of Rail and Public Transportation about a new “trench option” to run high speed rail service underground. Tomorrow night (9/5), there will be a public work session to talk about it.

Ashland Mayor Jim Foley said the meeting will happen at 6:00 p.m. in Birdsong Hall on the campus of Randolph-Macon College and will include the Department of Rail and Public Transportation.

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