More than 50 rural school divisions in Virginia have organized a coalition, that includes local government officials, to make a case for change in education funding priorities when the General Assembly convenes this month.
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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Broadband internet access is a topic discussed in most rural Virginia localities. The Prince George Electric Cooperative offered a solution in the county with a pilot program two years ago.
The $35 million redevelopment of the 42 year old Regency Mall is on schedule. The flyover removal at North Parham and Quioccasin is completed and other construction is moving along.
The Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is been partnering with the county Department of Public Works this month to educate the public about littering. Patrols have been increased near convenience centers and public works is passing out litter bags for vehicles.
Col. Steven Flaherty is stepping down as Supt. of Virginia State Police. Governor-elect Northam has announced that Lt. Col. Gary Settle will take over that job. Lt. Col. Settle began his career in law enforcement as a deputy in Rapphannock County, and was elected sheriff.
He serves now as Director of the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Settle believes we live the age of global, not necessarily community or regional policing.
The University of Virginia Health System will lose some $5 million dollars in funding due to a penalty imposed by the Affordable Care Act that was intended to cut down the number of Medicare patients with care related injuries and infections.
Col. Steven Flaherty has announced his retirement as Superintendent of Virginia State Police. Governor Elect Ralph Northam has announced that Lt. Col. Gary Settle will take over that position.
At present, Lt. Col. Settle directs the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation, " The biggest challenge I see is trying to fill the shoes of someone like Col. Flaherty."
Virginia State Police Trooper Pilot Berke Bates and Lt. Pilot Jay Cullen died when their helicopter went down while they were monitoring the protests in Charlottesville last summer. Next Saturday (12/30) there’ll be an event to help their families focus on healing.
After a Community Forum on Opioids several members of the Hopewell City Council and staff came to the conclusion that the city should take steps to to deal with a crisis that has been declared a national health emergency.
The Petersburg City Council held a public hearing this week to talk about possibly making changes to the city charter. The question is, should Petersburg move to an at large election system to choose council members, the mayor, and vice mayor.