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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

Hopewell City Council Will Consider Water Rate Hike Tonight

Water for everyone in the City of Hopewell and for some 750 residents of Prince George County is supplied by Virginia American Water. The company is proposing a 25% rate hike.

Hopewell City Manager Mark Haley says there’s real concern about the cost of water more than doubling.

Prince George Supervisors have already said they’ll intervene with the State Corporation Commission.

Friday is the filing deadline, the SCC has set a public hearing for June 21st.

Kilmarnock and Feral Cats

At its last meeting, Kilmarnock Town Council had a discussion about feral cats living behind a restaurant and car dealership.

Councilman Emerson Gravatt asked the town planner to gather information after questions were raised about feral cats behind a McDonalds and Davis Dodge. Ed Davis, who owns the dealership, pointed out that people care for the animals and feed them.

Mayor Mae Umphlett noted that other people have asked questions and there have been several complaints.

Petersburg City Manager Calls for Budget Request Reductions

Petersburg City Manager William Johnson, III, has notified all city agencies that belt tightening will be necessary in their budget requests for the next fiscal year.

Johnson says this is going to be a tough budget year.

Johnson has said numerous times that it isn’t thousands that need to be collected in Petersburg, its millions of dollars.

Dominion and Utah Natural Gas Company Combine

Richmond based Dominion Resources announced today (2/1) that it will pay just over $4 billion to combine with Questar, a natural gas distribution, pipeline, storage, and cost of service gas supply company based in Salt Lake City.

Questar is one of the principal sources of gas supply to Western states.

Dominion’s Ryan Frazier explained the transaction still requires Questar shareholder approval, clearance from the Federal Trade Commission, and state approvals.

Virginia Tech Student Charged With Murder

Blacksburg Police have charged a second Virginia Tech student in connection to the death of a 13-year-old girl from Blacksburg.

The body of Nicole Madison Lovell was found on Saturday in Surry County, North Carolina, just over the border from Virginia.

A Virginia Tech engineering student, David Eisenhauer, is charged with first degree murder and abduction.

Yesterday (1/31), Blacksburg Police Lt. Mike Albert told the media the 18 year old was “acquainted” with Lovell before she disappeared on Wednesday.

Software Maker Opening in Richmond – Expanding in Arlington

A New Jersey based computer software manufacturer and vendor is expanding in Virginia. AvePoint says it will spend a million and a half dollars to add 55 new jobs in Arlington County and open an office creating 100 jobs in Richmond.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe said this morning (1/29) that Virginia was competing with Atlanta for the projects.

VCU Releases Commonwealth Poll on Public Safety

The VCU Center for Public Policy has, for the first time,  released a Commonwealth Public Opinion Poll on public safety. Among the questions, should parole be reinstated in Virginia?

Dr. Robyn McDougal is director of the Office of Public Policy Outreach.

The poll asked if individuals with a protective order in place should be allowed to buy a gun.

And in a response to a question about marijuana 70% of respondents, she said, support legalization for personal use.

Search Continues for Missing Amelia Woman

Dana William, the man Amelia Sheriff’s Department investigators have been looking for since last Thursday (1/21) was found Wednesday morning in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. According to U.S. Marshals, William shot himself in the head when they tried to arrest him and was, at last report, in critical condition.

His former Mother in law, 67-year-old Olene Brooks, was not with him.

William is accused of abducting her and murdering her husband after holding other family members hostage.