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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

Budget Amendment Hearing Set in Petersburg

The Robert Bobb Group presented 2017 budget amendments to Petersburg City Council Tuesday night (1/10). Now a budget hearing has been set.

Barb Rudolph, a founder of the citizens group Clean Sweep Petersburg, was at the meeting and pointed out that state code requires that.

Last night the city’s interim finance director Nelsie Birch released a statement saying that no vote on the budget changes will take place at Tuesday’s city council meeting. Instead, questions posed this week will be answered.

Bobb Group Presents Petersburg Balanced Budget

The Washington based Robert Bobb Group turnaround consultants presented an update of Petersburg’s finances last night to city council and proposed a balanced budget.

Council heard that the 2017 fiscal plan it adopted in September isn’t working. Overtime is up, morale is down. City council may not be able to approve the Bobb budget proposals at its meeting next Tuesday.

A Balanced Budget And A Plan To Move Forward In Petersburg

The Robert Bobb Group, hired to help Petersburg put its finances in order and structure city government, will present a 2017 balanced budget revision to city council tonight (1/10). A large turnout is expected.

The citizen’s group Clean Sweep Petersburg says it will be listening for answers. Barb Rudolph is one of the founders. She said concern remains about what happens when the consultants leave in March.

Rudolph said she hopes city council, with virtually the same members as the past two years, is paying attention.

High Interest in Petersburg City Council Meeting Tonight

The Robert Bobb Group will present and a balanced 2017 budget to Petersburg City Council tonight (1/10). A big turn out is expected to hear how that will work.

Barb Rudolph, one of the founders of the citizen’s group Clean Sweep Petersburg, said people on social media seem pleased with the appointment of Jack Berry as Interim Deputy City Manager and his considerable experience.

The consultants, she said, have had an impact.

Robert Bobb Outlines Phase 2 of Petersburg Recovery Effort

The Robb Bobb Group began working to help Petersburg get back on firm financial footing as 2016 came to end.

With three months remaining on their contract John Ogle had a conversation with Robert Bobb about Phase 2.

Bobb began by explaining what will happen at a meeting with city council set for tomorrow (1/10).

The second issue, he said, is to address the city’s long term deficit. There are, Bobb said, improvements that must be made.

Snow and Bitter Cold This Weekend

The National Weather Service in Wakefield continues to track the storm that is expected to bring snow to Virginia tomorrow (1/7). It will be areas south and east of Richmond that are likely to see the most snow.

Jeff Orrock, the meteorologist in charge, pointed out that the snow is only part of the problem for those who have to be on the road late tonight and tomorrow. Once the snow starts, he noted, temperatures will be near 30 but will drop rapidly into the 20s.

Virginia ABC Continues Youth Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Project

The Virginia ABC Youth Alcohol and Drug Abuse Youth Prevention Project, YADAPP  will once again, work with teenagers to develop prevention strategies to use at their schools in September.

Education and Prevention Manager Katie Weaks said the ABC has hired four college student interns to help implement the program at a conference this summer.

YADAPP includes both middle and high school students. The goal is to develop student leaders. “The interns,” Weaks said, “are proof of the success of YADAPP.”

National Weather Service in Wakefield Tracking Snow Storm

The National Weather Service in Wakefield is tracking a storm today (1/5) that could bring snow flurries to the Richmond area tonight, with accumulation tomorrow night into Saturday morning.

Jeff Orrock is the meteorologist in charge in Wakefield. He said tomorrow it looks like 1 to 2 inches of snow in the Richmond region but a change in the track of the storm could bring considerably more.

Snow Is Coming, Most Of It Saturday

The weather will be a factor if you’re planning to travel this weekend. The National Weather Service says Richmond will get snow, however it is not clear yet as to how much.

Jeff Orrock, meteorologist in charge at the NWS Wakefield Station, says Richmond may get a dusting overnight but the storm moving toward the Commonwealth may bring an inch or two in the region Friday (1/6) into Saturday. Orrock noted that if the storm tracks closer to shore, snow amounts inland will be greater, even in Richmond.

Samuel Parham Elected Mayor of Petersburg

By the smallest possible margin, 4-3, Petersburg City Council today (1/3) elected Vice Mayor Samuel Parham to serve as mayor. It was the outgoing mayor W. Howard Myers made the nomination and Parham was supported by Darrin Hill and Charlie Cuthbert.

Gina Harrison, one of the founders of the citizens group Clean Sweep Petersburg, said they will continue to petition for Parham and Myers to be removed from council. Council members Treska Wilson-Smith, Annette Smith Lee and John Hart dissented. Hart was named Vice Mayor.

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