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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

Henrico Health Department Testing Opioid Blocking Injection

Opioid deaths began to climb in the county in 2012, mirroring a national trend.

The Henrico County Drug Court program is ready now to begin testing the effectiveness of a drug intended to help people suffering from opioid addiction recover.

Director Gary Hughes explained, “The Henrico Drug Court received a state grant for just a shade on $50,000 to start a pilot program for the use of Vivitrol in our drug court population.”

Six to eight volunteers involved in the multi stage program will be involved.

Petersburg Auction Preview Tomorrow Offers Commercial Property

Petersburg is holding a preview tomorrow (2/28) at the Union Station of city owned properties that are for sale.

Michelle Peters is Petersburg’s director of community and economic development. Peters says, “This is an opportunity for us to invite developers to see some prime properties that have been on the market and that are zoned for commercial.”

Hanover Deputies to Carry Opioid Overdose Remedy

Hanover County had six opioid overdose cases in 2015 but last year there were 26 and three of them were fatal. Sheriff David Hines has decided to deploy a drug that can reverse heroin and painkiller overdoses.

Sgt. Jerry Cooper explained that the Sheriff’s department was already considering Narcan before the Governor declared an opioid emergency in the Commonwealth:

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.