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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

Federal Regulators Approve Atlantic Coast Pipeline Certificate

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, FERC, has approved a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project.

Dominion Energy’s Aaron Ruby said the company is reviewing the certificate and finalizing plans to comply with its conditions.

"This is the most significant milestone yet for the project. This is the most important federal approval we need to build and it puts us on a clear path to begin construction next year."

Chesterfield Economic Development Authority Defends Project

Chesterfield County Economic Development Authority is planning an industrial mega site on some 1,7000 acres of land west of I-95 and two miles south of Iron Bridge Road. The land had been slated for a 5,000 home development before the recession and was zoned residential.

Bradley Wall, who lives near the site, questioned the need for confidentiality, until plans were announced, saying there is a lack of transparency.

Economic Development Director Garrett Hart said a confidentiality clause is standard in all purchases by the EDA.

Henrico Places Signs To Discourage Intersection Soliciting

Henrico County has placed sign in busy intersections asking drivers not to give money to people in the medians. Most are along Broad Street and Laburnum Avenue. The county says it is a safety issue for all concerned.

Deputy County Manager Brandon Hinton said the first signs were placed as a pilot program year ago at Pouncey Tract and West Broad. "It really is a public safety issue That it’s dangerous to give to individuals in a median and let the solicitors know that it’s dangerous to be in the median."

He said there was an incident that showed just how dangerous.

Building Dedicated for New Community School

The New Community School, on Hermitage Road in Bellevue, is dedicating a new building tonight. Founder’s Hall will help meet the need for a growing school that serves students with dyslexia.

The New Community School serves 180 students in grades five through 12. Nancy Foy, said a growing awareness of dyslexia is part of the reason their enrollment continues to rise. “This building allows us to meet the growing need and to help our students raise their skills while helping them uncover their strengths and passions.”

Spotsylvania Supervisors Vote No on Transportation Authority

I-95 between Stafford and Fairfax Counties has been cited as the worst traffic hot spot in America. Spotsylvania Supervisors have voted no on a proposed regional transportation authority for area.

Paul Agnello, the Fredericksburg Area Metropolitan Planning Organization Administrator, said after the vote, “We still have four other localities so it is still possible.”

Interest Expressed in Reopening Colonial Downs Racetrack

The Colonial Downs Racetrack in New Kent closed at the end of the 2013 season. Now there is apparently a potential buyer in negotiations to re-open the track.

Frank Petramalo, Jr., the head of the Virginia Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association said a group in the Midwest has expressed interest.

"We understand that this group has had discussions with the owner of Colonial Downs, Jeff Jacobs. But, we’re not aware of any further details at this point."

Colonial Downs, he said, one of the best courses on the East Coast if not in the country.

Hanover Supervisors Pass Resolution on High Speed Rail Route

The second of a series of five public hearings on an environmental impact study on the route for a federal high speed rail project through Ashland and Hanover was held last night at Patrick Henry High School.

There are three proposals under consideration. A “trench option” running an open tunnel under Ashland; a western bypass through the county; and the 3-2-3 option that would have three tracks narrow to two through the town. Before the meeting, County Supervisors passed a resolution in favor of 3-2-3.

Supervisor Bucky Stanley represents the Beaverdam District.

GRTC Preparing for Major Technology Upgrades

GRTC is getting ready to launch some major smart technology upgrades including improvements in how bus riders will pay their fare.

One big change will retire the GRTC Go Cards. Some older Go Cards, still accepted even though they were discontinued in 2015, will be phased out this month. “They’re the dollar fifty, three, five, and twenty five dollar old Go Cards. Effective October 29th, those will no longer be accepted at the farebox and they will not be eligible for a trade in or a refund because we discontinued them two years ago,” said GRTC’s Carrie Rose Pace.

Petersburg Council Approves Revenue Anticipation Note

At their meeting this week, Petersburg City Council voted to approve a $6.5 million Revenue Anticipation Note, or RAN, to ensure cash flow for basic operating costs like payroll. The city’s last RAN was secured a year ago and they paid a high rate to borrow.

Roland Kooch from Davenport & Company and Dan Siegel, with the Sands Anderson Law Firm, had a positive report for council on this year’s note. Siegel said, “This year they reduced their rate dramatically, the terms are much more normal. I think that they’re on the road to recovery if they keep on the same path.”