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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

Crowd Hears About Petersburg Water Meter Woes

There was a meeting at Union Station, called by the Mayor of Petersburg to let the public hear about an investigation into ongoing water meter problems. There were some 200 people at the meeting.

They heard from Attorney Paul Goldman, who was hired to look into the water meter situation in February. He called what he found “baffling.” A million and a half dollars in cost overruns, meters improperly installed, no update to the city’s water utility billing system, and a contract with Johnson Controls that doesn’t hold the company responsible, a “fiasco” Goldman concluded.

Hanover Supervisors Approved Budget

Hanover County Supervisors last night (4/13) approved a $428.3 million budget.

Property tax rates won’t change.

About $176 million dollars goes to education and provides a 2% raise of all of the school systems employees.

Sixteen new instructional jobs will be added. Seven new jobs were funded in law enforcement including 4 patrol and 2 court deputies and an administrative position. Sheriff David Hines had asked for ten deputies and two administrative jobs.

Supervisors Raise Prince George Real Estate Tax Rate

The Prince George Board of Supervisors voted unanimously this week to approve a 4% hike in the county’s real estate tax. The vote will increase the rate from .82¢ to .86¢ per $100 dollars assessed value and take effect on the first of July.

Tax rates on cars, industrial machinery and farm land will not change.

Only one of three speakers was opposed to it before the vote.

Newsome Will Have General Assembly Help

When Marcus Newsome takes over as Supt. of Schools in Petersburg, he’ll be getting some help from the General Assembly. Dr. Newsome said that in spite of the challenges ahead, he’s confident that with support from the School Board, the city, and state officials progress can be made.

He told the Progress Index his decision was influenced by a meeting with Education Secretary Anne Holton and by the General Assembly’s action to earmark $700,000 for “executive leaderships incentives” for Petersburg schools over the next two years.

Petersburg School Board Names Newsome Superintendent

The new Superintendent of Schools in Petersburg is a familiar name to Richmond area education. Dr. Marcus J. Newsome, who is retiring as Supt. of Chesterfield Schools, was introduced this afternoon in a ceremony at J.E.B. Stuart Elementary School.

School Board Chair Kenneth Pritchett said this “is a day of celebration and rekindled hope for all of Petersburg.” He added that he and his fellow board members promise “full support” of an educator who is one of the “Commonwealth’s most successful, nationally recognized and inspiring instructional leaders.”

Online System Will Make It Easier to Identify Stolen Property

Four law enforcement agencies in the Richmond area have launched a new online system that’ll make it easier for people to track their stolen property.

Richmond, Henrico, Chesterfield Police and the Hanover Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with a nation wide system LeadsOnline, are offering a free service called ReportIt. Registration is also done online.

Hanover Sheriff’s Sgt. James Cooper explained that it will increase the chances of getting stolen or even lost property returned.

Students Will Take Part in "Project Plant It!" on Arbor Day

Arbor Day is April 29th and all across Virginia and several other states, elementary school students will be planting trees. The goal is to teach kids about trees and the environment.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Dominion’s award winning Project Plant It! Dominion’s Suyupa Marquez explained that free redbud seedlings will be distributed to schools that request them in the company’s service area.

Emergency Departments in Virginia Getting Opiate Guidelines

Emergency Departments in Virginia will be getting new guidelines to try to slow an epidemic of opiate addiction. The 14 point guidelines were endorsed this morning (4/12) by the Virginia Hospital & Health Care Association and the Virginia College of Emergency physicians.

The guidelines encourage doctors to avoid prescribing painkillers and, if they do, to give patients no more than a three day supply in extreme cases.

John Duval, vice president for clinical services and CEO of VCU Hospitals, called it an important first step to not continue to add to the problem.

Petersburg Council Drops Motion to Remove Mayor

Petersburg City Council last night (4/11) dropped consideration of Councilwoman Treska Wilson-Smith’s motion to dismiss Mayor W. Howard Myers. Wilson-Smith’s motion was made last week but none of the other council members offered a second.

The Acting City Attorney, Mark Flynn, said there was no need to close last night’s meeting as explained that council doesn’t have the authority to remove the mayor without a specific finding of misconduct or illegal actions.

Petersburg Council Meeting To Decide Mayor’s Fate

The Petersburg City Council will meet tonight (4/11) to talk about removing 5th Ward Councilman W. Howard Myers as mayor. Budget red ink and water meter problems have led to several months of protests.

Mayor Myers says that in February, he was threatened in a phone call by State Sen. Rosalyn Dance, a former mayor of Petersburg, demanding that he join efforts to remove the city manager and others or lose his position. He told her he wasn’t yet ready to fire anyone.