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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

State Will Raze Four Buildings in Columbia

The Town of Columbia voted to go out of business and it will happen on July 1st. Now, the state is providing funds to raze four buildings considered dangerous and an eyesore.

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management is providing a $150,000 grant to buy and pull down the structures on St. James Street. Columbia is on the James River at the confluence with the Rivanna River. It has struggled since Hurricanes Camille in 1969, and Agnes in 1972, caused dramatic damage.

Storm Drain Art Project in Richmond

The Richmond Department of Utilities has come up with a novel way to raise awareness of the importance of pollution free streets and waterways. The Utility Department’s RVAH20 Initiative is launching the Storm Drain Art Project.

The DPU’s Angela Fountain explained that five storm drains along Tredegar Street will be transformed by five artists and in the process remind people to keep their street, sidewalk, and lawn free of debris that all drains into the James.

Mayor Asks Richmond Council to Approve Overtime Settlement

Richmond City Council will have a budget hearing on the 23rd. The Mayor is asking them to approve a settlement to resolve an employee overtime lawsuit.

The $2.7 million dollar deal would resolve the suit filed by 54 people who work at the Department of Social Services who claimed they were improperly denied overtime pay. The suit is similar to one covering 26 workers that Richmond settled last year for $750,000.

Developer Has Plans for Old American Tobacco Plant

Developer Tom Wilkinson has plans for the old American Tobacco Plant in the 800 block of Jeff Davis Highway, a property he plans to close on this summer.

Wilkinson believes the area is in transition and is confident that a $29 million dollar conversion of the warehouse space to affordable housing, followed by converting 170,000 square feet of tobacco sheds to artisan workshops, will bring positive improvement.

Taxicab Rules and Uber

Henrico supervisors began yesterday (5/10) to consider proposed changes in the county’s taxicab ordinance. Henrico, Chesterfield, Hanover, and Richmond are part of the Capital Region Taxicab Advisory Board.

The taxi industry requested the regulation changes to level the playing field with the emerging ride sharing services. Uber operates under different, less stringent, state regulations that taxi companies. The state doesn’t allow localities to place additional requirements on the new services that connect drivers and ride seekers using a smartphone app.

Chesterfield School Board Approve Land Transfer for Park

The Chesterfield County School Board yesterday (5/10) unanimously approved transferring control of two parcels of land on Beach Road back to the county. The school division acquired 50 acres in a 2001 zoning case for new school construction.

Now, it will be merged with another lot to create a 240 acre regional park southeast of Beach and Winterpock roads. That would be the largest regional park in the county.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the current proposal to develop the land could cost up to $20 million and take years to finalize.

Richmond Settles Mobile Home Resident’s Lawsuit

The City of Richmond has settled a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of current and former residents of mobile home parks. In the lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in August, the plaintiffs claimed they were hurt by the “illegal and racially discriminatory” way the city enforces code policy.

Richmond will pay $25,000 to the 33 named plaintiffs collectively and $15,000 for repairs to mobile homes cited by code enforcement officers.

Home repairs will be identified and facilitated before sweeping inspections in the future and, a language access policy will be put in place.

Food Lion Joins Letter Carriers to 'Stamp Out Hunger'

The people who deliver the mail from the National Association of Letter Carriers are teaming up with Food Lion stores to help “Stamp Out Hunger” this weekend.

The letter carriers will be doing what they do every day, going door to door. But on Saturday, they’ll be picking up the grocery bags of food left for them.

They’ll deliver them to area hunger relief organizations.

In addition to Feed More in Richmond, other food banks in Fredericksburg, Norfolk and Salem will also be getting 10,000 meals on Thursday (5/12) to help “Stamp Out Hunger.”