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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

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.

TSA Won’t Be Supplying Dogs at RIC

Transportation Security Administration canine detection teams were sent from Richmond International Airport to larger facilities a year ago. A grant application was submitted recently to return them. That’s not going to happen.

The airport’s Troy Bell told us that RIC was invited to apply for a TSA grant.

This, Bell said, is not something the public needs to worry about.

Virginia Students Continue to Top National SAT Achievement

Virginia’s 2016 public school graduates continue to out-perform students nationally on the SAT college admissions test.

It’s really hard, Virginia Department of Education’s Charles Pyle said, to identify any one thing to account for the upward trend in Virginia.

Meanwhile, not all Virginia students achieve at the same high level.

Ashland Launches Hospitality Zone Incentive Program

The Ashland Economic Development Authority has launched a program to help head off blight before it happens, reimbursing developers willing to revitalize neglected sites.

The goal is to demolish and replace dilapidated and underutilized buildings with a new hotel. Over a six year period, hotels can recoup up to half of the transient occupancy taxes collected.

The property needs to be in the town’s “hospitality zone,” an area west of I-95 along South Washington Street.

Mild Earthquake Shakes Louisa County

Late Saturday night (9/24), a small 1.6 magnitude earthquake rumbled in the eastern part of Louisa County, not too far from where a magnitude 5.8 quake struck in 2011.

It happened just after 11:30 p.m. in Jackson, near Route 33 midway between Montpelier and Cuckoo. It was strong enough to register, but not many people likely felt anything.

Thomas Pratt at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) in Reston explained it could be a lingering aftershock from the 5.8 quake.

State Not Likely to Bail Out Petersburg

State officials say it is not likely that the state will step in to bail out the City of Petersburg’s struggles with millions of dollars of debt.

State Secretary of Finance Ric Brown briefed members of the General Assembly’s Finance Committees last week on efforts he and his department made to advise Petersburg. There is a feeling, he said, that the state doesn’t want to reward poor performance.

September Is National School Attendance Awareness Month

In the 2014-15 school year, 10,000 students in the Richmond region missed more than 6 days of school with unexcused absences. September is National Attendance Month and schools in the area have been meeting to share ideas.

Many children in the early years miss as much as 10% of their school days. Bridging Richmond and city schools are the conveners of a partnership of school districts, non-profit organizations and community groups working to educate parents and students and improve attendance.

State Water Control Board Grants Dominion Permit

The State Water Control Board, yesterday (9/22), voted 6-0 to approve the water discharge permit for Dominion Virginia Power at its Chesterfield Station. The regulators heard from the Department of Environmental Quality, Dominion, The James River Association and the Southern Environmental Law Center, among others Dominion’s Rob Richardson.

The permit, he noted, is actually a renewal that covers all discharges from the station.

Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll Shows Trump Gaining

Quinnipiac University released a swing state presidential poll today (9/23) showing Donald Trump gaining ground.

Quinnipiac’s Peter Brown said that of the four states, Virginia is, in fact, the best for Hillary Clinton. She still leads Trump in the Commonwealth but her August double digit lead is down to six points.

Clinton leads in Colorado by two points but Trump wins by seven points in both Iowa and Georgia.

VCU Chat for Sickle Cell Awareness Month

Yesterday (9/21) the VCU Department of Family and Community Health Nursing hosted a live Health Chat in recognition of National Sickle Cell Awareness Month. In the U.S., at least 100,000 people, the majority African American, are affected.

For an hour yesterday, chat questions about how to diagnose, treat, and live with sickle cell were answered by Dr. Suzanne Ameringer. She’s involved in a two year study funded by the National Institutes of Health to help adolescents and young adults manage the disease.