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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

Buckingham County Could Have Gas Pipeline Tap

Kyanite Mining, one of Buckingham County’s largest employers, has entered into a memorandum of understanding with Columbia Gas, to acquire a tap on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to provide natural gas.

Dominion Energy’s Aaron Ruby said the pipeline is similar to an interstate highway.

The tap will handle all of Kyanite Mining’s needs as well as those of three or four more large companies.

Everything, Ruby said, is contingent on federal regulators approving the Dominion led Atlantic Coast Pipeline project.

Clean Sweep Petersburg Considers Bobb Group

The citizen’s group Clean Sweep Petersburg has been impressed with a number of the actions taken by the Robert Bobb Group to help get control of the city’s badly damaged finances.

Barb Rudolph, one of the founders of the group, said the information presented by Bobb and his team has been credible and straightforward and that has inspired confidence.

That said, Rudolph noted that Clean Sweep will continue its petition drive to remove the city treasurer, Mayor, and Vice Mayor.

Petersburg Council Briefed on Bobb Group Efforts

Consultant Robert Bobb briefed Petersburg City Council on the good news and bad news his analysts have uncovered since being hired to deal with the city’s millions of dollars in debt.

Acting City Manager Tom Tyrell told 88.9 WCVE that yesterday (11/15) was a great day in efforts restore Petersburg’s financial stability.

Council authorized him to move forward to secure $6.5 million in short term financing.

United Way Examines Poverty In Greater Richmond

The United Way of Greater Richmond has released it’s latest assessment of the health and prosperity of the Richmond region’s population. The number of people living in poverty in the 11 jurisdictions making up Greater Richmond increased 75% over the past ten and a half years.

President and CEO James Taylor said poverty is no longer just an urban issue. There has been an alarming increase, he said, in the number of children living in poverty.

Commonwealth Institute Weighs On Balancing State Budget

The non profit Commonwealth Institute, a fiscal and economic research organization, has released it’s take on balancing the state budget. More cuts, they say, aren’t the answer.

Instead, President and CEO Michael Cassidy said, policymakers should use strategies that strengthen long term fiscal health. Closing, for example, special interest tax loopholes.

The mental and behavioral system remains chronically underfunded, and, he said, the state is not back to pre-recession funding levels for education.

Ashland Mayor Disappointed in Draft Report on Third Rail

Last week, Ashland received an early draft of an Environmental Impact Statement from the Virginia Dept. of Rail and Public Transportation concerning high speed rail in the town. Ashland Mayor Jim Foley noted that the draft is more than 1,400 pages.

Chris Smith at the DRPT said the documents are what was sent to the FRA. Once the FRA responds, Smith said, there will be a one year period for public comment.

Ashland opposes the addition of a third set of tracks through the town.

This is “Get Smart About Antibiotics Week”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has declared this Get Smart About Antibiotics Week. The goal is to raise awareness about responsible, appropriate antibiotic prescription and use.

Dr. J. Thomas Ryan, Senior Physician Advisor for the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, explained that patients use antibiotics as prescribed.

Dr. Hughes Melton, from the Virginia Department of Health, said antibiotic stewardship needs to be a team effort among health providers.

Chesterfield County Ready to Buy River City Sportsplex

Chesterfield County has announced plans to buy the River City Sportsplex just off Route 288 at Genito Road for $5.5 million.

Garret Hall, Chesterfield Director of Economic Development, said the complex has been a leader in sports tourism for several years.

The River City Sportsplex was appraised at $17.2 million in 2012 and County Administrator Joseph Casey said a current appraisal is ongoing and should be completed in time for county supervisors to make a final decision on the deal Wednesday (11/16).

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