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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

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.

FBI Joins Search for Missing Woman and Child

The search for a 71-year-old New Jersey woman and her 5 year old great granddaughter now involves federal officers. They were last seen Christmas Eve in Caroline County.

Barbara Briley, a 71-year-old and La’Myra Briley, a 5-year-old, stopped at an Exxon Station in Ruther Glen on Christmas Eve. No one has seen them since.

They were on their way to join family in North Carolina. Briley’s cell phone was “pinged” on I-85 near Petersburg yesterday (12/27).

The Caroline County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police continue their investigations.

Ashland Pleased With 2016, Focused on 2017

Ashland, the town they call “the center of the universe,” has been in the news this year as it wrestled with high speed rail and moved forward with business and economic expansion.

The town council has made it clear that it favors high speed rail but not at the cost of an extra set of tracks through the middle of town.

The town’s director of business retention and expansion, Joe Topham, explained extensive gateway hotel projects are on track, an urgent care center came to Route 1, and The Center of the Universe Brewery opened Origin Beer Lab.