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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

Ukrops Prepared Foods Moving to More Stores

With the Martin’s chain closing its stores in Richmond, Ukrop’s popular prepared foods are now available in a number of other stores.

The Ukrop’s heat and serve meals, desserts, and baked goods have been a mainstay in Richmond since 1989. President and CEO Bobby Ukrop said, “Our products will be available in Kroger, our Libbie Market, there’ll be a couple of dozen items in Wegmans, we sell sandwiches and salads at the airport, but most of the over 400 items from the Ukrop’s brand and bakery and deli will be in the Kroger stores.”

Rev. Doug Burgoyne Has Died

The Rev. Doug Burgoyne, a well known and much loved Episcopal Priest in the Diocese of Virginia, has died. Fr. Burgoyne was the former Rector of All Saints Church on River Road.

After retiring, he served as interim Rector of St. Martin’s Church in Henrico.

The Rt. Rev. Ted Gulick, assistant Bishop of the Diocese of Virginia, knew him well. His parishoners, Bishop Gulick said, knew Fr. Doug was there for them when needed day or night 24-7.

City Budget Hearing Tonight in Petersburg

Petersburg City Council meets tonight (2/7) and a hearing on the Robert Bobb Group’s proposed 2017 budget amendments tops the agenda.

The budget council originally adopted was not balanced. Robert Bobb said, in December, amendments would be proposed to change that situation. “We believe the city council will approve an amended 2017 budget. We have never presented a budget to a city council that has not been balanced,” said Bobb.

Dominion Resources Will Become Dominion Energy

Dominion Resources, Inc. is making some changes to unify its brand across all of its lines of business in 18 states.

The energy market is evolving and the 119 year old company says it is too.

Dominion Resources was created in 1983 as a holding company for its electric and natural gas utilities. Pending approval of shareholders at its annual meeting this spring, the changes will be made later this year.

CodeRVA – A Computer Science Regional High School

CodeRVA Regional High School will open in the fall on Cummings Avenue in Richmond, not far from the Diamond. The focus is computer science.

Michael Bolling, the school’s executive director, said CodeRVA will use blended instruction to personalize each student’s education. In addition there will be paid internships.

For the coming school year, CodeRVA is accepting rising 9th and 10th graders.

CodeRVA high school will share transportation with the nearby Maggie Walker Governor’s School.

Developer Adjusts Plans for Hanover Subdivision

Some residents expressed concerns and Hanover County officials and Cool Springs Company, the developer of a proposed 168 home subdivision in the Atlee area talked. Plans have been adjusted.

Cool Springs’ attorney Jim Theobald said new plans for The Villages at Taylor Farm have been filed.

He said he understands that not everyone will be pleased with additional development.

The county planning commission has recommended approval. The final decision rests with the board of supervisors.

Partnerships Will Promote Low Cost Solar Energy

The non- profit Virginia Community Capital has partnerships with several solar firms to offer low cost solar energy loans to Virginia companies.

VCC’s Small Business Solar Loans program helps finance solar equipment installation.

Bill Greenleaf at Virginia Community Capital explained, VCC received a grant from an anonymous foundation to offer the low rate.

In addition, he said, the federal government offers 30% federal tax credits toward the cost of a business solar system.

Committee Approves Underground Power Line Legislation

The Virginia Senate and Labor Committee this week approved Democratic Sen. Richard Saslaw’s bill declaring that running electric power lines underground is in the “public interest.”

The State Corporation Commission put similar legislation on hold nearly two years ago, saying Dominion Virginia Power hadn’t demonstrated “cost effectiveness.”

The power company’s David Botkins said the goal is to minimize power outages.

Saslaw’s bill specifies lines that have a 10 year average of nine or more “unplanned outage events per mile.”

Albemarle Sheriff Lobbies for DNA Databank Study

State legislators told the parents of slain UVa student Hannah Graham and the Sheriff of Albemarle County that a Crime Commission study to enhance the DNA database to include misdemeanor as well as felony arrests would be put off due to budget limitations.

They haven’t given up. In fact, Sheriff Chip Harding said, $33,000 has been raised toward the cost of the study.

If legislators agree, he said, the money could be transferred to the state’s general fund to help pay for it.