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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

Consultant Names New Acting City Manager in Petersburg

The Robert Bobb Group, hired to help Petersburg City Council deal with its financial problems, named a new acting city manager yesterday (10/25). Tom Tyrell took over the reins from Dironna Moore Belton, who returns to her job as the city’s transit manager.

Mayor W. Howard Myers said Belton was aware from the beginning that her assignment was temporary and, he said, the consultants value her input. He reiterated his confidence in the ability of the Bobb group to make a difference.

Petersburg Replaces Acting City Manager

Tom Tyrell, an employee of the Robert Bobb Group, was named Acting City Manager of Petersburg this afternoon. He replaced Dironna Moore Belton who will return to her job at the transportation department.

City Councilwoman Treska Wilson-Smith said that while she was aware the Bobb group would make the move, she’s surprised that it happened so fast. They said they would talk to Moore Belton first.

The Bobb Group was hired to help the city turnaround its financial mess and their contract includes the appointment of an acting city manager.

VHS Exhibit Features Jefferson’s Draft of Declaration

The new exhibit at the Virginia Historical Society, The Private Jefferson, features his private papers and offers a glimpse into the life, the thinking, and the accomplishments of our third president.

Bill Rasmussen, chief curator at VHS, said Jefferson was a Renaissance man, interested in everything from science, to gadgets, to politics, and architecture.

Petersburg Courthouse Closed Again

Petersburg’s Fire Marshall has ordered the city’s 180 year old courthouse building to remain closed until further notice. Delays in repairing it are the cause.

In June of 2014 the building was closed and Circuit Court jury trials were temporarily moved to the Dinwiddie County. Four months later an architectural inspection by found decay and deterioration in structural beams and severely compromised, degraded roof trusses.

The same year, three judges ordered city council to make repairs and have it reopened in May of this year. That didn’t happen.

Planning Organization Recommends I-64 Congestion Proposal

The Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization has made its recommendation for a project that is intended to improve congestion on Interstate 64 and the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel.

Robert Crum is the group’s executive director. He explained that there were two key criteria.

Of the 4 alternatives proposed, the vote was unanimous for Alternative A, at $3.3 billion, it was the least expensive.

A second bridge tunnel will be built west of the present one. Funding is already in place. A regional gas tax, and sale and use tax have raised a billion and a half.

Tougher SOLs and School Accreditation

The state department of education implemented more rigorous SOLs in 2011. Last year, for the first time, two Chesterfield schools and more than one Henrico school were not fully accredited.

The division’s Shawn Smith said remedial steps have been taken at Ettrick Elementary and Falling Creek Middle.

In Henrico, the school system’s Andy Jenks noted six schools fell short of full accreditation but there is strong focus on getting them up to speed.

All of Hanover County’s schools maintained full accreditation.

Petersburg Council Meets Again On Bobb Group

Petersburg City Council, deadlocked after a vote on hiring the Robert Bobb Group to help sort out its financial problems, will meet again tonight (10/20) at 6:30 p.m. to revisit the proposal. Council rules prohibit a further discussion for 30 days if a decision is made.

Vice Mayor Samuel Parham said yesterday (10/19) that one unnamed council member who voted no has changed his mind. He said he “anticipates a vote” tonight but admits there’s no guarantee.

Petersburg Council Votes No On Robert Bobb Contract

Petersburg City Council last night (10/18) took a vote on a contract to bring the Robert Bobb Group in to help get its financial house in order. Three votes for, three against, and one abstention put the deal on hold.

The unscheduled vote came after a motion by Vice Mayor Samuel Parham that followed a slew of comments from unhappy citizens upset over what they called a lack of transparency.

Among them, Barb Rudolph of the citizen’s group Clean Sweep Petersburg. Citizens, she said, might be in favor of what the Bobb Group plans.

Virginia Chamber of Commerce Surveys Voter Attitudes

The Virginia Chamber of Commerce has released the results of a poll it commissioned on voter attitudes on a number of issues in Virginia.

B.J. Martino is with the Alexandria based Tarrance Group that conducted the poll. On the national election, they found Clinton with 47% and Trump with 38%. Questioned about the state of the economy, 53% say Virginia is heading in the right direction, only 39% think the country is.

Attorney General’s Office Outlines Campus Violence Program

Attorney General Mark Herring was the host for a briefing on a pilot program introduced two years ago at VCU to combat sexual violence on college campuses.

Herring explained that a task force spent nine months studying the innovative You Have Options Program. VCU Police Chief John Venuti said the program takes into account the survivor’s state of mind after an attack.