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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.

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VCU Wilder School Poll Finds High School Grads Are College Ready

The 2016-17 Education Poll from the Commonwealth Educational Policy Institute, at VCU’s Wilder School, found this spring’s high school grads are ready for college, but not so much for the workforce.

Interim director Robyn McDougle, noted that 60% of respondents believe high school graduates in Virginia are ready for college.

Petersburg Council Approves Second Water Utility Rate Hike

Petersburg City Council has approved a 14.3% water and wastewater rate increase. It is the second rate hike in two months and may not be the last. The first increase had been approved by city council more than a year ago, but never implemented.

Acting City Manager Tom Tyrrell said the city had a study done to learn the cost of continuing to operate the water utility system and make necessary improvements after 20 years of neglect. “So, they came back with an updated five year plan. The 14.3% is year one.”

Dominion Builds Tower for Osprey Nesting

To keep Osprey from getting electrocuted and causing power outages, Dominion has built a platform, near Buggs Island Lake, to keep the birds away from electric transmission towers.

Dominion’s Dan Genest said for the past few years the company has been moving those nests to specially built wooden platforms that tend to rot over time.

"What we have done this year, we’re trying an experiment at one site to see if an aluminum nesting platform will attract the birds and if they’ll be willing to build their nest it," said Genest.

Equine Alliance Looking at King George for Racetrack

The Virginia Equine Alliance is studying the feasibility of using a 1,000 acre farm in King George County to race Thoroughbreds.

Jeb Hanum, executive director of the alliance, said Powhatan Plantation, east of Fredericksburg is a good location, not far from I-95 and Route 301.

“It’s important that we’re not talking about a grandstand, we’re not talking about building 500 stalls, we’re literally going to build the turf course. It will blend in nicely with the surrounding area and very, very little infrastructure will be involved,” said Hanum.

Petersburg Council Adopts Fiscal 2018 Budget

The Petersburg City Council last night (6/6) adopted a proposed fiscal 2018 budget.

Interim Finance Director Nelsie Birch said the most important item was the restoration of the 10% pay cut that city employees have had to live with since Petersburg financial situation became critical.

"The next thing that’s important is we are reestablishing a stable, realistic budget that will get a fund balance if its managed appropriately."

Petersburg Council Votes Tonight on Fiscal 2018 Budget

Petersburg City Council will vote tonight (6/6) on a $103 million budget for fiscal 2018. 

Interim Finance Director Nelsie Birch said the budget proposal makes realistic revenue assumptions for the general fund. “Begins to restore a ‘rain day fund.’ We actually put some money in the budget to replenish that, made sure that council knows that if they take any actions for one time revenues that revenue is goes to restoring that fund balance,” added Birch.

Media General Building on Franklin Sold for $13 Million

The Hourigan Group closed Friday (6/2) on the purchase of the Media General building at 333 E. Franklin Street. The Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission will be moving in.

The building is assessed for $10.7 million according to city tax records. Speaking for the commission, Dena Potter explained they will occupy four floors.

"In all they’ll have about 104,000 square feet of the building which in total is about 125,000 square feet," said Potter.

At present, she noted, the commission uses three separate spaces.

VCU Qatar Monitoring Situation

Four U.S. allies, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and Egypt have isolated Qatar over its ties to Iran, severing diplomatic and consular ties. Qatari aircraft aren’t permitted to land in Saudi Arabia.

Qatar is also a U.S. ally and Virginia Commonwealth University has a campus there. VCU issued a statement yesterday (6/5) saying that it is too early to know the real impact on VCU Qatar, including travel plans for students, faculty, and staff.

SCC Approves Virginia American Water’s New Rates

After an 18 month review, the Virginia State Corporation Commission has issued an order approving new rates for Virginia American Water. But water bills aren’t going up.

The new rates will impact the company’s 60,000 drinking water and 20,000 wastewater customers statewide. Company President Barry Suits said that includes some 9,300 customers in Hopewell, parts of Pr. George County and Fort Lee.

Drive Shack Could Bring Indoor and Outdoor Golf to Goochland

The Goochland County Planning Commission believes a a 60,000 square foot golf driving range, restaurant and meeting center that would be open year round is a hole in one for the county and has given it a unanimous thumbs up.

Drive Shack, County Administrator John Budesky said, is a $25 million three story project that would be built on land east of Route 288. “It fits very well into the design for that area. It’s one of our prime economic development areas for Goochland County.”

The company saw interstate access as a real plus believing it will be a regional attraction.

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