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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

New Petersburg Police Chief Takes the Helm

Kenny Miller was sworn in this afternoon (7/7) as the new Chief of Police in Petersburg.

A Marine, Chief Miller, who’s 58, has been in law enforcement for 36 years, 34 of them in Virginia Beach. He says in the short time since he moved into the city, he’s fallen in love with Petersburg and feels his new job is, “A chance to grow with a city that’s growing and five years from now when Petersburg has blossomed into wonderful city that she is, vim and vigor, I’m gonna chuckle and say ‘I told you so.’”

Questions Raised About Natural Bridge Traffic

U.S. Route 11 crosses the Natural Bridge in Rockbridge County. Now part of a state park, questions have been raised about the weight and vibrations of the 2,000 vehicles a day that use it and the structural integrity of the 215 foot tall limestone arch that’s a million years old.

Lynn Crump, an environmental planner for the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, noted that there’s been a highway running across the bridge since the 1920s.

“So safety is not a question at this time.”

Ashland Historic District is Being Updated and Expanded

The Town of Ashland has spent more than a year gathering information and identifying sites that will expand its historic district. More than a hundred new sites may be added.

A recommendation has been submitted to the National Parks Service to include historic material covering the period from 1934 to 1964.

Laura Knott of the, Charlottesville based, Commonwealth Heritage Group hired by the Department of Historic Resources, said a lot of information has been added to include the history of segregation and integration.

The train station caught her attention.

What Dominion Energy Learned from Derecho

We are in the early days of the storm season, and tropical depressions are being watched closely. Five years ago a hurricane strength storm hit unexpectedly and slammed Virginia, eight other states and DC. A lot of lessons were learned in its wake.

Dominion Energy’s Janell Hancock said the storm, called a Derecho, came up fast and wreaked havoc on the electric grid. The rebuilt grid, she said, is more resilient.

Monticello Hit By Ransomware

Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello was attacked by ransomware earlier this week. It affected all computer and phone systems.

Thomas Jefferson Foundation President Leslie Greene Bowman explained that IT experts are working to restore services, and while that’s going on, "Because of an amazing staff, who immediately switched everything over to manual, we’ve seen no measurable on our visitation attendance or our retail."

It isn’t possible, she said, to order tickets on line for Monticello.

"So we are honoring on line ticket prices in our ticket office."

FAA Gives Okay for Longer Runway at Chesterfield Airport

The Richmond Executive Chesterfield County Airport has gotten a long awaited approval from the Federal Aviation Administration that will permit, among other things, an 800 foot runway extension.

Airport Director Patrick Driscoll said it’s taken more than four years for the FAA to rule on three key projects.

"A finding of no significant impact on the environment, we can go ahead with these projects, the primary one being the runway."

Petersburg Mayor Says City Needs to Get Serious About Collections

Petersburg Council has a special meeting a week from today and one of the items on the agenda is a proposal to create a new position - city tax collector. 

Petersburg’s collection rate has been as low as 70% over the past few years and Mayor Sam Parham notes that the city is owed $10.8 million dollars in delinquent personal and real estate property taxes.

"We are still on life support right now and we can’t afford any bumps in the road. We have to definitely get our collection rate, get people serious about paying their taxes in the city of Petersburg."

Robert Bobb Says Without Cash Flow Petersburg Can’t Win

Standard and Poor’s will be in Petersburg on the 15th to evaluate the progress made over the past nine months when The Robert Bobb Group was hired to begin to guide restoration of city finances.

Robert Bobb says in spite of the new financial architecture now in place Petersburg’s situation remains fragile.

"A year from now, two years from now, the city will be back in the same situation because even with all of the operational efficiencies that the new team put in place even improving the city’s collection rates. The city will still have cash flow issues."

What To Do If A Power Line Falls On Your Vehicle

With the 4th of July holiday coming up Triple A says a record number of people are expected to hit the road. Accidents happen and being prepared helps. It’s a fact that, on average, about five vehicles hit a utility pole every single day in Virginia. J

What do you do? Do you stay inside or jump out? Dominion’s Janell Hancock says stay calm and stay in the vehicle and call 911.

"Because that’s most likely the safest place for you to be. The rubber tires will insulate you from electricity flowing through the power lines."

Virginia Marine Resources Commission Okays Proposed Power Line

Dominion Energy’s plans for a 500 kilovolt transmission line near Jamestowne and towers to carry it across the James River has cleared another hurdle. The Virginia Marine Resources Commission has signed off on a four mile section that will anchor towers in the James River.

Dominion’s Le Ha Anderson explained that this will include drilling more than 600 pilings, building towers, and construction of “fenders” in navigation channels from Surry County to James City County.