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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

Wason Center Poll Finds Majority Oppose Removing Monuments

The Richmond Times-Dispatch commissioned CNU’s Wason Center for Public Policy to poll people who live in Richmond, Henrico, Chesterfield, and Hanover on whether Confederate Monuments in the city should be removed. Overall, 55% favor leaving them, 35% support removal.

The center’s Director, Dr. Quentin Kidd, noted that 41% of city voters favor removal 50% are opposed. In the counties 59% are opposed only 27% are in favor, 61% say keep the monuments and add historical context. “67% of county residents favor historical context while only 57% of city residents overall do.”

Game and Inland Fisheries Says No Mountain Lions in Virginia

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has been getting reports of a flier on social media that claims mountain lions have been sighted in Virginia. They’ve responded with a posting on their Facebook page.

The department’s Paige Pearson said the flier claims the big cats have been spotted in the mountains of Virginia and as far east as Culpeper. “The information has been confirmed by the department to be a hoax, and untrue.”

The flier is, she said, fake news.

Petersburg Council Hears from Robert Bobb and Forensic Auditors

Now that their contract is concluded, The Robert Bobb Group has presented Petersburg City Council with a five year plan intended to keep the city on track for financial stability.

Nelsie Birch, the Bobb Group’s former city financial director, said the plan provides council with the tool box they paid for. “We outlined 15 things that the council absolutely must do, must continue, most support such as having a fiscal 19 budget that is balanced, managing the current fiscal year budget and they must hold city management responsible for those actions.”

Increase in Rape Reports on VCU’s Monroe Park Campus

Rape reports on VCU’s Monroe Park campus increased in the past year according to the university’s annual security report.

VCU Police Chief John Venuti noted that there were eight rapes reported in 2015 and 15 last year, all but two in residence facilities. “I don’t think, per se, that there is more sexual assault occurring but I do know that there is more reporting of incidents to the police department.”

The increase, he said, reflects the fact that VCU has done a lot of prevention work and awareness work.

Petersburg City Council Special Meeting Monday Night

Petersburg City Council has scheduled a special meeting for tonight (10/2) at Union Train Station. They have a lot to talk about after the release last week of a forensic audit of city government and the Robert Bobb Group will make its final presentation.

Mayor Sam Parham said that audit is high on the list of issues. “We haven’t had a chance to interact with PB Mares until tonight so I think everyone is anticipating and looking forward to answer questions being that the report was released before they actually gave us an update on what they found.”

CodeRVA Regional High School Grant

CodeRVA Regional High School in Richmond has been awarded a $6 million four year grant by the federal Magnet School Assistance Program. The first such grant awarded to a school in Virginia.

Executive Director Michael Bolling explained that it will enable CodeRVA to hire supplement staff and services for its 93 students. “Specialists in the areas of computer science and project based learning and also academic and career guidance services, coordination and outreach to the community and to our education and business partners.”

Nine of 10 Virginia Students Graduated in Four Years

The Virginia Department of Education reporting that nine out of 10 students who entered the ninth grade in 2013 graduated from high school within four years.

The DOE’s Charles Pyle said 91.1 % of the Class of 2017 earned a diploma in four years, a 10% increase in on time graduation rates since 2008. “That improvement represents a lot of work at the division and school levels because raising a graduation rate is really a student by student effort and it’s a K-12 effort. It’s not just something that happens in high school.”

Goochland Schools On-time Graduation Rate 96%

On-time high school graduation rate data for the Class of 2017 was released this week by The Virginia Department of Education. Goochland schools saw a ten year upward trend continue.

Dr. Stephen Geyer is Goochland’s Assistant Superintendant of Instruction.

"Our on time graduation rate for the past school year was 96%. I think we’re about 5 or 6% above the state average."

Goochland scored well across the board.

Forensic Audit of Petersburg Government Completed

A 115-page forensic audit of the Petersburg city government found a “severe risk of public resources being misused.” Robert Bobb said the audit has solidified findings by his Robert Bobb Group of misconduct in various areas of Petersburg City Government.

The PB Mares accounting and business consulting firm said inattention to policies and weak internal controls created an opportunity for employees to steal and defraud. The report contains allegations involving the city treasurer Kevin Brown who admitted taking over $2,300. All criminal activities have been turned over to the FBI.