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John Ogle

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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

Survey Reveals Impacts Of Education Cuts

The Virginia Association of School Superintendents surveyed its members in the spring on the impact of reductions in state and, in some cases, local funding for public education over the past six years.

According to Executive Director Ben Wise, they found that schools are pushed to the limits of their human and financial capacity.

The General Assembly’s Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee also did a study.

Richmond City Budget Report Still Not Submitted

The City of Richmond failed yesterday (10/1) to submit a basic financial report to the state, a report that is ten months past due. This is the second year the report is late.

Last month Richmond officials said they expected the report to be complete “no later” than October 1st. A new government mandated disclosure form filed by the city lists the projected submission date as October 31st.

Lenora Reid, who is deputy chief administrative office for finance and administration, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch, it could be sooner than that.

Tri Cities Graduation Rates

The Virginia Department of Education released data on the overall improvement of graduation rates for the class of 2015 statewide. In the Tri-Cities the news wasn’t all good.

Petersburg not only dropped since last year but has, in fact, the lowest graduation rate in the state. The 2014 rate in Petersburg was 82.6%, for 2015 it plunged to 70.9%.

Captain Young Appointed As Interim Chief

Prince George Police Captain Eric Young has been appointed interim Police Chief while the county searches for a new permanent replacement following today’s official retirement of Col. Edward Frankenstein.

Young has been with the department for more than 23 years. He started off as a communications officer, went to the Crater Criminal Justice Training Academy and graduated with top honors in 1992.

Since then, Young has worked as a patrol officer, a detective, and a supervisor. He was promoted to sergeant in 2001 and was in charge of the vice and narcotics teams.

Goochland Public Schools Win National Data Quality Award

The Data Quality Campaign, based in Washington, announced today (10/1) that Goochland Public School is the winner of its 2015 Flashlight Awards, recognizing its use of data to answers questions, empower educators, and communicate transparently with parents and the public.

Goochland Supt. of Schools James Lane said the district is committed to personalizing learning for every student.

Ass’t Supt. for Instruction, Dr. Stephen Geyer, organized the teacher leadership committee that meets regularly.

Virginia May Be Spared the Brunt of the Hurricane

National Weather Service forecasters say Hurricane Joaquin is shifting away from the coast and will apparently spare the Commonwealth.

Virginia may be spared the impact of what could have been a major hurricane. Jeff Orrock, the Meteorologist in charge at the weather service in Wakefield, says the region may still get up to six inches of rain through Monday, and the wind could whip up to 40 miles an hour or so Sunday night if Joaquin doesn’t shift again.

Dominion Virginia Power Ready For The Storm

Dominion Virginia Power is keeping close tabs on the progress of Hurricane Joaquin and crews are already geared up and ready for whatever happens.

The latest weather data indicates the Richmond region is going to be impacted on some level, perhaps quite seriously, by the storm.

Dominion’s Jannell Hancock said its easier now to report power loss.

Forecaster Still Uncertain About Hurricane’s Track

There is some likelihood that the wet weather of the past few days will be topped off by a hurricane. Forecasters are keeping close watch.

The National Weather Service in Wakefield says we will certainly get more rain.

Meteorologist Dan Proch says little is really certain yet about Hurricane Joaquin.

Computer models are changing rapidly and some do show it impacting the Richmond region.