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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

Shiver in the River Annual James River Cleanup Event

Tomorrow (1/28), large numbers of people will jump into the James River for a cause that matters to them. They call it Shiver in the River.

Mike Baum is Executive Director of Keep Virginia Beautiful, the group that started it three years ago. The goal is helping to clean up the James and encourage litter prevention and recycling.

Shiver in the River continues to draw larger crowds.

Everything happens at historic Tredegar at the river’s edge.

Robert Bobb Talks Petersburg Recovery Before Committee

The Robert Bobb Group continues efforts to guide Petersburg’s financial recovery. Yesterday (1/25) Bobb appeared before the House Appropriations Committee in Richmond.

The committee is considering state approaches and recommendations for Virginia Distressed Cities. Actions taken, he noted, were internal.

Among other things, Bobb talked about Petersburg’s practice of issuing “revenue anticipation notes” and educating city leaders that those notes aren’t a grant, they have to be paid back.

Ashland Taking Proactive Approach to Train Issues

As many as 80 trains a day pass right through the middle of Ashland.

Recently two cars were hit by trains after getting stuck on the tracks.

Ashland Police Officer Chip Watts said when it comes to trains, its simple. The town, he said, is looking at several initiatives.

Also under consideration is brighter lighting at crossings especially, he said, at England Street where the most recent wrecks happened.

Wilder School Polls Look at K-12 and Higher Education

Each year at this time, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs releases its Commonwealth Education Polls. This morning’s (1/24) release concerned K-12 education.

Dr. Robyn McDougle, who directs the Educational Policy Institute at the school, explained that 54% of respondents said they were willing to pay more in taxes to increase school funding. Nearly 70%, she added, believe funding is related to the quality of education.

Archaeologists Find Revolutionary War Artifacts at Gloucester Point

An archaeology dig commissioned at the site of a new Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences building at Gloucester Point has unearthed a remarkable cache of Revolutionary War artifacts.

Anna Rhodes, Chief Archaeologist for DATA Investigations LLC, explained that there were Spanish coins, uniform buttons from a French Regiment known to be in the area, and military and personal items of British Soldiers.

Clean Sweep Petersburg Presents Removal Petitions

The citizen’s group Clean Sweep Petersburg has presented petitions for the removal of Mayor Samuel Parham and his predecessor Councilman Howard Myers.

Barb Rudolph, one of the founders of the group, said issues include a lack of attention to what was going on.

Clean Sweep, she added, presented far more verified signatures than required and, they’re not done yet. The elected city treasurer is being targeted.

NRC Finds “No Safety Aspects” Prevent North Anna Reactor

Dominion Virginia Power heard from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission yesterday (1/19) which concluded there are “no safety aspects” to prevent construction of a third reactor at the North Anna Power Station.

The commission said a mandatory hearing phase will happen later this year prior to a license being issued for the $19 billion project.

The State Corporation Commission will need to approve before a reactor can be built.

Wilder School Public Policy Poll Addresses Opioid Addiction

The Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs has released a poll addressing substance abuse and mental health, law enforcement, and public safety.

Dr. Robyn McDougle is public policy outreach director. She gave the results of the poll; 80% said Police in their community do a good job; 70% felt they were appropriate in race relations.