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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.

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Artisan Hill Coming to Richmond’s Fulton Hill Neighborhood

Fulton Hill Properties is getting ready to renovate the historic Fulton Hill School and add two new buildings on seven acres just east of the Rocketts Landing with impressive views of the city.

Developer Margaret Freund has owned the school building since 1997 and first renovated it into 50 artist studios.

"Next to the historic building we’re putting up two new buildings where we’re putting 204 apartments we’re also adding 11 or 12 new artist’s studios."

Robert Bobb Group Leaves Petersburg Saturday

On Saturday (9/30) The Robert Bobb Group’s contract to guide Petersburg to fiscal stability will end. Bobb said Petersburg now has a road map to success.

He explained that his five member team began by balancing the 2017 budget.

"We have paid off almost all of our significant vendors, we’ve negotiated an agreement to pay the Virginia Retirement System, we have paid off, or have an agreement with all of our major intergovernmental entities - water, wastewater authority, the regional jail authority."

Revive RVA to Identify Solutions to Heroin and Opioid Epidemic

Opioid overdose deaths in the Richmond, Henrico, Chesterfield, and Hanover jumped from 51 in 2010 to 189 last year. The city and counties are teaming for Revive RVA on the 26th of next month at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.

Laura Totty is Executive Director of Henrico Area Mental Health and Developmental Services. “This is an important regional event to raise awareness of the opioid epidemic in central Virginia and to look at possible solutions that we, as a community, can implement as we move forward.”

City Manager Overseeing Petersburg YMCA Renovation Permitting

The Petersburg YMCA is ready to begin a six million dollar renovation. Yesterday the city manager was at the Y to see first hand what the new Y will be like.

Aretha Farrel-Benavides toured the current facility and got a look at renovation plans and renderings. She said she is personally overseeing the permitting process for the Y because it is a vital part of the city as it struggles to regain its financial footing and looks to serve citizens of all ages.

2017 SAT Results Find Virginian Students Exceeding Peers

2017 SAT results have been released. 63% of Virginia’s high school seniors took the test and they, once again, exceeded their peers nationally in the college admission assessment.

Charles Pyle, at the Virginia Department of Education, said 63% of Virginia’s high school seniors took the SAT this year and, he noted, 52% of them either met or exceeded the College Board’s readiness benchmarks for higher educaton.

Ashland and Hanover at Odds Over High Speed Rail Route

Ashland and Hanover County are at odds over routes for the proposed Washington to Richmond high speed rail project and that makes both of them uncomfortable. Representatives appeared before the Commonwealth Transportation Board last week to plead their case.

Ashland Mayor Jim Foley said a third rail through town is the worst possibility and when the “trench option,” favored by the county, came up a month ago, Ashland was initially intrigued.

"But, it’s clear now that even a third rail underground would cause such long term damage, that the town simply cannot support it."

Goochland Schools Facilities Planning Steering Committee

The Goochland Schools Facilities Planning Steering Committee will present its final recommendations for future school renovation and construction next month. Tomorrow night at six, at Goochland High School, they’ll have their final meeting and the public is invited.

School Superintendant Dr. Jeremy Raley said the committee includes 24 people. Educators, parents, and interested citizens from the more suburban east end and the rural west end of Goochland.

Hanover Planning Commission Okays Cambridge Square

The Hanover Planning Commission has unanimously approved plans for an apartment complex just of Mechanicsville Turnpike behind the Goodwill Store and Food Lion.

The project is the work of Larry Shaia. Planning Commissioner Randy Whittaker said the proposal for Cambridge Square meet the goals of the county’s long term comprehensive plan for the area.

"It’s a Class A luxury apartment complex of 207 units."

There will be one, two, and three bedroom apartments with rents ranging from a around thousand to 1,500 per month.

Consumer Group Says Dominion Should Abandon North Anna 3

A non- group called the Virginia Citizens Consumer Council is calling on Dominion Energy to drop the idea of building a third nuclear reactor at the North Anna Power Station. Dominion isn’t budging.

The council’s president, Irene Leech, was unavailable to comment, but told the Times Dispatch the reactor is a $19 billion white elephant.

Dominion’s David Botkins said, "Dominion won’t move forward with North Anna 3 until it makes economic sense to do so."

Virginia Median Income High – 11% Live in Poverty

The non -profit Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis reviewed recently released Census data indicating that while Virginia has the 9th highest income in the country with a median household income of just over $68,000, 11% of the population live below the federal poverty line.

Institute President and CEO Michael Cassidy note that 900,000 people living poverty presents is a significant challenge. “On top of that, over 260,000 children, about 14.3% of all Virginia children are living in families with less income than the federal poverty limit.”

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