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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

Petersburg Council Consider Manager Candidates

Petersburg City Council had a special meeting yesterday but didn’t name a new city manager. One candidate was present, and that’s created a stir.

Rochelle Small-Toney, currently deputy city manager in Fayetteville, North Carolina, didn’t say anything but did leave the meeting with Mayor W. Howard Myers. In 2012, she had to resign as city manager of Savannah, Georgia, over a variety of issues. Barb Rudolph, with the citizen’s group Clean Sweep Petersburg says that’s a concern.

Mayor Myers said more time is needed to make this important decision for the city.

Environmental Groups Flag Chesterfield Power Plant Permit

A week from today (9/15) the State Water Control Board will consider the draft water discharge permit for Dominion to dewater its coal ash ponds at the Chesterfield Power Station.

Two environmental groups say their testing of the James River in the area raised red flags. The James River Association and Southern Environmental Law Center say they tested both water and sediment.

The DEQ’s Bill Hayden said the agency has closely examined the test results that were submitted.

Hopewell Agrees to Plans for Gateway Project

The Hopewell City Council has agreed to plans to move forward with a community gateway project in partnership with The Cameron Foundation.

Cameron President J. Todd Graham said council also approved the preliminary concept for the project and endorsed the commissioning a sculpture that will be the gateway’s centerpiece.

That, he noted, is a targeted area for economic development including a river walk and Boathouse restaurant over looking the Appomattox river.

Petersburg School Superintendent to Share Plans

The Petersburg School Board is having a back to school community meeting tonight (9/14) at 6:00 p.m. in the Petersburg High School auditorium. The Superintendent of Schools is the featured speaker.

Superintendent Dr. Marcus Newsome says he’s looking forward to the meeting. After that, everyone will be invited to be part of small groups to offer feedback and brainstorm ideas.

Petersburg School Leadership Dealing With Budget Cuts

As the Petersburg City Council works to recover its financial footing, the city’s school system will be dealing with budget cuts. The Superintendent of Schools is optimistic.

Dr. Marcus Newsome believes it is possible to deal with the situation without harming efforts to move the school system forward. Loss of funds, he said, is always a challenge.

The Superintendent is asking for public input on schools issues at a meeting tomorrow evening (9/14) at 6:00 p.m. in the Petersburg High School auditorium.

Ashland Hires Lobbyist to Manage High Speed Rail Issues

A high speed rail line linking Richmond and Washington is planned to run through Ashland. The town has problems with the impact on its business district and has hired lobbyists to make its case.

Mayor Jim Foley said most people like the idea of high speed rail. Town Council last week decided to hire the law firm of Williams Mullen to push back.

VCU Research on New Platinum-Based Cancer Drugs

Research at VCU has found a new class of platinum-based drugs useful in targeting cancer tumor cells.

Dr. Nicholas Farrell, a VCU chemistry professor and cancer researcher, explained that platinum-based drugs were discovered by accident in the 70s.

His research, Dr. Farrell said, found that polynuclear platinum-based drugs are able to identify new targets in tumor cells.

Hopewell 2015 Annual Financial Report to State Long Overdue

Hopewell is one of four Virginia localities that have yet to file their Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for fiscal 2015 with the state. Work continues to get it finished.

The report is, in fact, nine months late according to state records. Issues that resulted in the delay have been dealt with but time is tight.

Can this issue be compared to Petersburg’s problems? City Manager Mark Haley said absolutely not.

Distracted Driving Summit Will Research Solutions

Distracted driving is a serious danger to everyone on the road. On the 29th and 30th of September, Drive Smart Virginia will have its 4th Annual Distracted Driving Summit.

Janet Brooking, Executive Director of Drive Smart Virginia, says distracted driving is reaching epidemic proportions in the Commonwealth and nationwide.

It is obvious why texting is dangerous and experts say drivers on their phone miss up to 40% of their visual environment but there’s more.