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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

City Spokesperson No Longer Works in Petersburg

Jay Ell Alexander is no longer the spokesperson for the City of Petersburg. She left that job last Thursday.

Mayor Howard Myers didn’t say whether she was fired or resigned. He did say he was “happy with the work” she did.

The Police Department’s Esther Hyatt will be interim spokesperson for the city.

The interim city manager, Dironna Moore Belton sent an e-mail saying since it was a personnel matter and “due to the recent sensitivity” of Alexander’s departure, no other details will be provided.

Developer Pulls the Plug on Manakin Development

Pressure from people who live in the area near the intersection of Rockville and Manakin roads in Goochland contributed to the scuttling of a proposed housing development.

Wilton Acquisitions, LLC, applied to have an area zoned for agriculture changed to residential. The plan was to put up 191 single family homes on 98 acres of land.

Neighbors complained long and loud, arguing that the increase in traffic would be a threat to public safety.

Now, the rezoning request has been withdrawn.

Senators Urge Funding For Petersburg National Battlefield Park

Virginia senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine signed on to a letter to congressional leaders urging an increase in funding to take care of a backlog of maintenance needs at the country’s national parks.

Last year $163 million was deferred at Virginia sites. Lewis Rogers, is the park superintendent at Petersburg National Battlefield Park.

He said they’re able to move money around for smaller needs but larger ones remain on hold.

Vigil Scheduled In Memory of Trooper Dermyer

There will be a vigil in honor of Virginia State Trooper Chad Dermyer this evening (4/1) across the Greyhound Bus Station on the Boulevard. Those attending are asked to wear a navy blue shirt to back the blue and bring blue or white roses.

Charles Willis is Exec. Dir. of United Communities Against Crime, the group sponsoring the event with Richmond United for Law Enforcement. He said it’s important to let Trooper Dermyer’s family know he is mourned by the people he served.

Virginia’s Advance Care Planning Month

The Richmond Academy of Medicine’s Honoring Choices Virginia is partnering with area health care systems to make people aware of the importance of advance health care decision making.

The General Assembly has designated April as Advance Care Planning Month in Virginia and nationally, April 16th is National Healthcare Decisions Day.

Robin Cummings, Director of Honoring Choices Virginia, explained that beginning next Wednesday, a series of information sessions has been set at all area hospitals.

Petersburg Water Meter Woes Corrected

Petersburg’s Department of Public Works has finished its two week water meter blitz. The meters have been inspected and read and from now on water bills will be based on readings transmitted from the new meters.

Petersburg began sending estimated water bills in 2014 as it began to install new high tech equipment intended speed up the meter reading process and create a more accurate gauge of household water use.

Norris Bridge Repairs Underway

Part of the surface of the Robert O. Norris, Jr. Memorial Bridge over the Rappahannock River broke away last weekend. Repairs are underway.

A 40 X 30 foot section of the bridge ended up without any surface concrete. Fixing that and the previously scheduled structural inspection of the bridge is creating traffic hassles. Delays of more than an hour have been reported this week.

VDOT has apologized and promised to post warning signs further from the bridge to warn drivers who may want to reroute their trip.