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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

Petersburg Partners With Foundations for Annual Parade

Petersburg’s money problems won’t cancel the Annual Holiday Parade. The city is partnering with two foundations to make it happen.

The Ricky Johnson and Friends Foundation and The Woody Foundation are working to organize the parade to happen on December 3rd. Johnson said he and Christopher Woody didn’t want the kids who play in school bands to be disappointed.

And, he said, they’re reaching out to anyone interested in joining the parade or helping out. To get involved visit them Monday - Friday next week, 9 to 5, at the Union Train Station.

Whitlock Chosen for New Microsoft Surface Studio

Whitlock, a technology firm based in Goochland, will be the primary reseller and integrator for a new Microsoft product.

Microsoft developed the Surface Studio as a new class of device for creative professionals, architects, engineers and executives, as well as for one-to-two-person collaboration spaces.

That’s where Whitlock comes in.

Phillips added the Surface Studio is innovative and includes a wide range of ground breaking features.

On its website, Microsoft said the Surface Studio will retail at just under $3,000 and will ship in 2017

Henrico Supervisors Vote to Remove Part of Dominion Club Drive

Henrico Supervisors have voted to remove a part of Dominion Club Drive at the Hanover County Line. A developer, planning an age restricted “resort style” community in Hanover planned to use it to connect to Wyndham in Henrico.

Supervisors had 2,200 petition signatures and heard from speakers supporting removal of the road. Henrico Public Works Director Steve Yob explained that the county had reviewed a traffic study done by the developer HH Hunt and had some problems with it.

Petersburg Group Says It Has Signatures Needed For Removal

The citizen’s group Clean Sweep Petersburg says the signatures needed to remove the city treasurer Kevin Brown, Mayor Howard Myers, and Vice Mayor Sam Parham have been gathered.

Barb Rudolph, one of the founders of Clean Sweep, said the petitions are only the first step. Once the signatures are validated, she said, a case will be presented in circuit court.

Microsoft is Growing Again in Mecklenburg County

Microsoft Corporation has announced that it will invest $251.6 million to expand its data center in Mecklenburg County, creating 44 new jobs.

Microsoft’s investment in the county has reached just under $2 billion and created more than 250 jobs. Those workers, said County Manager Wayne Carter, rent or move to the area, eat in the restaurants, and pay taxes.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Microsoft’s success is a continuing testament to Southern Virginia’s talented workforce and Virginia’s strong IT infrastructure.

Clean Sweep Petersburg Gathers Signatures

Petersburg voters elected two new members to city council last night (11/8) and re-elected another.

Members of the citizen’s group Clean Sweep Petersburg were at the polls for yesterday’s City Council election gathering recall signatures. Charles Cuthbert, Jr. won in Ward 4, Annette Smith Lee in Ward 6, and Darin Hill was re-elected in Ward 2.

Barb Rudolph, one of the founders of Clean Sweep said this morning, the results of the election were not a complete surprise. She said the group will wait and see what the new members do.

In Petersburg Petitions to Remove Members of City Council

There were five candidates for three city council seats yesterday in Petersburg.

Darin Hill was re-elected in Ward 2. Charles Cuthbert, Jr. won in the 4th Ward, and Annette Smith-Lee ran unopposed in Ward 6. At the polls members of Clean Sweep Petersburg were gathering signatures on petitions to recall the city treasurer, mayor, and vice mayor and a councilman.

Barb Rudolph is one of the founders of Clean Sweep, she says she talked to a lot of people.

Clean Sweep Petersburg Gathering Signatures

The citizens group Clean Sweep Petersburg is out at polling places in the city collecting signatures on petitions.

Gina Harrison, one of the founders, is outside of the Good Shepherd Baptist Church, the Ward 2 Polling Place.

That’s not the only petition being circulated.

The Mayor and Vice Mayor aren’t up for re-election until 2018.

There are five candidates on today’s ballot for three seats on Petersburg City Council.

Suicide Rate Among Children Exceeds Death by Traffic Accident

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released data showing the suicide rate in 2014 among children 10 to 14 years of age caught up to the their death rate as a result of traffic accidents. 425 ten to fourteen year olds killed themselves, 384 died in car accidents.

While fatal accidents declined, CDC noted, suicide spiked. Men in this country kill themselves at a higher rate than women, but the increase for girls was much sharper, tripling, compared to a rise of about a third for boys.

Virginia529 Ranks Among Top 3 College Savings Programs

Virginia529 inVEST has received a Morningstar Analyst rating of Gold. It is one of only three college savings programs in the country to be honored with the top award.

Virginia529 CEO Mary Morris explained that inVEST scored high in each of five pillars considered by Morningstar. Morris said the framework, established by the General Assembly, is key to the success of the inVEST program.