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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

Petersburg Tourism Department a Victim of Financial Crisis

The City of Petersburg’s tourism department will disappear over the next two months. More than two dozen employees will lose their jobs, victims of the city’s budget woes.

Brian Little, the department’s director for the past three years, says he’s disappointed but is using his remaining time there to work to preserve Petersburg’s rich history.

The city’s office of economic development will assume some management duties until a solution is found.

Locally Owned Carytown Bicycle Co. Opening Third Store

The Carytown Bicycle Company opened in Richmond in 2007. Last year, they opened a second store in Westchester Commons. Their third store will be in the Green Gate mixed use development going up near Route 288.

Tim Mullins, one of three co-owners, said he, John Hessian and Jesse Leadbetter saw a need nine years ago and touched a nerve with the area’s growing biking community.

Mullins said he spent time in Seattle and figures Richmond is 10 to 15 years behind other progressive cities as far as bikes are concerned.

Sheltering Arms Rehab Institute is a Collaboration with VCU

Sheltering Arms Hospital and VCU Health System will open a new regional rehabilitation hospital off West Broad near Route 288 in Goochland County.

Sheltering Arms interim CEO Mary Zweifel said the collaboration will create a unique center for innovative rehabilitative inpatient care.

VCU is a top-rated teaching and research hospital offering cutting edge brain and spinal cord injury treatments.

The Sheltering Arms Rehab Institute will have 114 beds. The Rehab Institute will add pharmacy, nursing, and extended allied health profession training.

VDOT on Stand By In Case Hurricane Moves Our Way

It appears that Virginia may be spared the impact of Hurricane Matthew but the Virginia Department of Transportation is keeping track and making plans in case that situation changes.

The department’s Jessica Cowardin said regular updates are being circulated as the storm continues to churn in the Atlantic.

While we may miss the high winds, rain could be an issue and the ground is well saturated, even on some roadways.

Judge Moves on Lawsuit, Petersburg Attorney Wasn’t Notified

Petersburg Circuit Court Judge Joseph Teefey, Jr., yesterday (10/4) appointed a third party to oversee an account into which the city must transfer money to cover the bills the South Central Wastewater Authority says are past due.

The judge moved the lawsuit out of court and into mediation and ordered the city to immediately place funds into that account until the suit is resolved.

DEQ Requests Additional Monitoring Wells at Coal Ash Site

The Department of Environmental Quality has asked Dominion Power to increase the number of wells in Dumfries that are monitoring the groundwater where the Possum Point Power Station’s coal ash ponds are being closed.

DEQ’s Bill Hayden said the request is part of the normal solid waste permitting process. Dominion, he said, has reported elevated groundwater concentrations of certain heavy metals consistent with coal ash and more data will explain why.

The power station’s 15 current ground water monitoring wells will increase to 24.

Family Owned Pharmacy Worried About Goochland Land Sale

When Goochland Supervisors consider a land sale tomorrow (10/4) they’ll receive a petition urging them not to make the deal.

A chain drug store would be built across the road from two family owned pharmacies. Pharmacist Wayne Dawson said he circulated the petition because the big box stores can’t offer what a local pharmacy can.

Supervisor Chair Robert Minnick said no vote will be taken without hearing from the public first.

Supervisors turned down a similar proposal from the same developer in 2009.

MathScience Innovation Center Marks 50 Years

Tomorrow (10/1), starting at 12:30 p.m., the MathScience Innovation Center in Richmond will celebrate its 50th Anniversary, still going strong, serving some 130,000 students and 2,000 teachers. The school’s first director, Dr. Robert Haynes will be on hand for the festivities.

Director Hollee Freeman was a student at the Open High School when she joined the Questers Saturday program. She said, rain or shine, the campus and specialized classrooms will be open to the public.

There’ll be food trucks, ice cream, and balloons and, of course, demonstrations.

VDOT Grant Will Mean New Sidewalks in Henrico

Over the past four years Henrico County has been adding sidewalks at a pretty good clip. There are 27 projects underway right now that include sidewalks. More, a lot more, are on the way.

Director of Public Utilities Steven Yob explained projects are planned in Tuckahoe, Three Chopt, Fairfield, and Varina.

New construction will begin within a year, he said, in areas where utilities don’t have to be moved or right of way acquired.