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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

Snow Is Coming, Most Of It Saturday

The weather will be a factor if you’re planning to travel this weekend. The National Weather Service says Richmond will get snow, however it is not clear yet as to how much.

Jeff Orrock, meteorologist in charge at the NWS Wakefield Station, says Richmond may get a dusting overnight but the storm moving toward the Commonwealth may bring an inch or two in the region Friday (1/6) into Saturday. Orrock noted that if the storm tracks closer to shore, snow amounts inland will be greater, even in Richmond.

Samuel Parham Elected Mayor of Petersburg

By the smallest possible margin, 4-3, Petersburg City Council today (1/3) elected Vice Mayor Samuel Parham to serve as mayor. It was the outgoing mayor W. Howard Myers made the nomination and Parham was supported by Darrin Hill and Charlie Cuthbert.

Gina Harrison, one of the founders of the citizens group Clean Sweep Petersburg, said they will continue to petition for Parham and Myers to be removed from council. Council members Treska Wilson-Smith, Annette Smith Lee and John Hart dissented. Hart was named Vice Mayor.

FBI Joins Search for Missing Woman and Child

The search for a 71-year-old New Jersey woman and her 5 year old great granddaughter now involves federal officers. They were last seen Christmas Eve in Caroline County.

Barbara Briley, a 71-year-old and La’Myra Briley, a 5-year-old, stopped at an Exxon Station in Ruther Glen on Christmas Eve. No one has seen them since.

They were on their way to join family in North Carolina. Briley’s cell phone was “pinged” on I-85 near Petersburg yesterday (12/27).

The Caroline County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police continue their investigations.

Ashland Pleased With 2016, Focused on 2017

Ashland, the town they call “the center of the universe,” has been in the news this year as it wrestled with high speed rail and moved forward with business and economic expansion.

The town council has made it clear that it favors high speed rail but not at the cost of an extra set of tracks through the middle of town.

The town’s director of business retention and expansion, Joe Topham, explained extensive gateway hotel projects are on track, an urgent care center came to Route 1, and The Center of the Universe Brewery opened Origin Beer Lab.

Colonial Heights Accepting Proposals for Roundabout

The City of Colonial Heights is looking forward to work to be done once construction of a traffic roundabout at the Temple Avenue/ I-95 interchange begins.

Construction of the roundabout is ongoing and Director of Public Works and City Engineer Chuck Henley said the city is accepting proposals. The City will accept bids through January 10th and firms will be asked to make proposals to the city and VDOT.

The $13.4 million project, intended to improve traffic flow and safety, began in February and is expected to be completed a year from now.

Multi State Search Continues for Missing Woman and Child

Law enforcement from New Jersey to North Carolina continue their search for a 71 year old Barbara Briley and her five year old great granddaughter La’Myra Briley. The two were last seen Christmas Eve at an Exxon Station in Ruther Glen.

Caroline County Sheriff Tony Lippa said Briley was driving a silver Toyota RAV 4 with Jersey plates.

Briley, according to Detective Mike Rubinsen in Hamilton Township, New Jersey where she lived, was on the way to Morven, North Carolina.

VCU Researchers Receive $5 million Gates Foundation Grant

The VCU School of Engineering’s Medicines for All Initiative has received $5 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a cost effective way to produce a new HIV/AIDS therapy.

Dr. Frank Gupton chairs the Department of Chemical and Life Science engineering. He said there is a new molecule that treats HIV more effectively and with fewer side effects.

Friends of the Lower Appomattox River Set a Record

The nonprofit Friends of the Lower Appomattox River, FOLAR, calculate more than 10,000 pounds of trash will not be flowing into the river and the Chesapeake Bay, and that’s a record.

Board member John Partin said staff and volunteers from FOLAR, The James River Advisory Council, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, organized 25 cleanup events this year and they got a lot of help. Clean up efforts also included the last 12 miles of the route of what will become the Appomattox River Trail.

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