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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

Richmond’s East End May Soon Get Grocery Store

The Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority says it has acquired land at North 25th Street and Nine Mile Road for a development anchored by a grocery store.

The area qualifies for what the U.S. Department of Agriculture calls a “food desert.” That’s a neighborhood where at least a fifth of the people live in poverty and 33% live more than a mile from a supermarket or grocery store.

VDOT is Planning New I-95 Rest Areas

The Virginia Department of Transportation has plans to build three new rest areas. VDOT Commissioner Charles Kirkpatrick says adequate rest areas encourage drivers to take a break and that promotes safety, reducing fatigue related accidents.

Two of the new facilities will be built on either side of I-95 in the Ladysmith area of Caroline County. The third will be near the state line in Greensville County.

The current structures will close shortly and temporary rest stops will be ready before Memorial Day.

Petersburg Council Will Meet Behind Closed Doors

The tension between a member of Petersburg City Council and Mayor Howard Myers boiled over this week. On Monday (4/11) there’ll be a meeting to consider removing him.

They’re planning to have a closed door meeting to talk about the demand made by Ward 1 Councilwoman Treska Wilson-Smith. She claims the support of a number of people who live in the city who have been vocal in their protests of city government, among them, her husband.

VCU and National Public Health Week

We are nearing the end of National Public Health Week.

At VCU some advanced degree students are involved in events intended to promote the theme Healthiest Nation 2030. The students, in the Master of Public Health Program are teaming up with the Richmond City Health District.

A variety of events have been taking place since Monday (4/4), including a walk challenge with prizes.

Dr. Saba Masho is an associate professor in the Epidemiology Department. She noted it will reduce health care spending overall.

VCU Symposium Will Be A Dialogue Substance Abuse

A symposium, with the title “From Research to Rehab: A Town Hall Meeting on Substance Abuse and Young People,” will take place next Thursday (4/14) and Friday (4/15) on campus. The event will bring together experts on substance abuse, addiction, and treatment.

Dr. Danielle Dick is director of the College Behavioral and Emotional Health Institute, known as COBE. The goal is an open dialogue.

Richmond Offers Cardiac Smart Phone App PulsePoint Respond

The city and Richmond’s Public Safety agencies are the first in Virginia to offer a new smartphone app that’s intended to promote public awareness of cardiac events and save lives. PulsePoint Respond is active now throughout the city. It’s free and it works on both Android and Apple devices.

Rob Lawrence is Chief Operating Officer at the Richmond Ambulance Authority. When a 911 call is made, he says, it triggers the app.

The RAA welcomes the help.

Petersburg City Council Will Meet Again About Mayor

There was another well attended, somewhat contentious, Petersburg City Council meeting last night. One member is calling for the Mayor to step down.

When 1st Ward Councilwoman Treska Wilson-Smith called for Howard Myers to resign as Mayor, some in the audience applauded.

Myers isn’t well but texted from home that he wasn’t going to quit and thinks there should be a review of what he called Wilson-Smith’s “official misconduct” as a city official.

Virginia State Police and DMV Sponsoring “Arrive Alive”

Over the past five years, in the period May through August, teenage drivers have been involved in more than 42,000 traffic accidents in Virginia, 174 of them were fatal.

The State Police Arrive Alive Campaign runs through the first week of May in high schools. Students work in peer-to-peer groups to develop programs and social media safe driving messages.

Program Coordinator Casey Taylor said the messages deal with texting, alcohol, drugs, and other high risk, often deadly behaviors. Social media plays an important roll in reinforcing the message.

Steward School Hosting Another Visiting Innovation Lab Program

Stewardship is the mission of the Steward School. Today (4/5) one of their Innovation Lab programs will feature a speaker from Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream talking about their mission to make the world a better place.

Sean Greenwood will lead a discussion entitled: “Scooping It Together: Blending Science, Food Innovation, Mission, and Social Entrepreneurship.”

He pointed to Ben & Jerry’s supplier of brownies as an example.