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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

VCU Researcher Developing Lyme Disease Vaccine for Humans

A researcher at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology has developed a test intended to more effectively detect Lyme disease in humans and is working on a vaccine to prevent it.

Last year Dr. Richard Marconi’s lab produced a Lyme disease vaccine for dogs and now, with a $500,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health, work is nearly complete on a vaccine for humans. It will consist of a protein called a Chimeritope.

New Petersburg City Manager's First Month

On Thursday Petersburg’s new city manager will mark 30 days in office. She says getting to the know the people who live and work in the city has been eye opening and reassuring.

Aretha Ferrell-Benavides said she isn’t worried about who did what in the past. She’s focused on the future.

"We’re going to looking at our whole operation from top to bottom. To make sure that we’re moving in the right direction with the right individuals as well as making sure we have enough individuals to do what we’re required to do and what the citizens expect of us."

Six Points Innovation Center – Building Young Leaders

The non-profit Storefront for Community Design is working to revitalize Richmond’s Highland Park neighborhood. The goal is to create an environment that is positive and hopeful and encourage young leaders.

Executive Director Ryan Rinn said Storefront is part of a partnership opening the Six Points Innovation Center.

"We pulled together this collective knowing that if young people were the leaders of change of what was happening in their community that they would own it and it would be something that they would be engaged with, hopefully, for the rest of their lives."

Standard and Poors Moves Petersburg from Negative to Stable

Under the guidance of the Robert Bobb Group, Petersburg is regaining its financial footing. Now, Standard and Poors has issued a new credit rating for the city.

Mayor Sam Parham made the announcement this morning outside city hall. “It is with great pride that I am able to announce that Standard and Poors cited Petersburg’s strong debt and contingent liability profile and approved its assessment of the city’s financial policies and practices from negative to stable.”

The change will give Petersburg the ability to borrow money at more favorable interest rates.

Electric Power Restored - Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands Open

Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands have power again. An accident cut all three underwater power lines a week ago and more than 50,000 tourists had to evacuate. Today, the welcome mat is out again.

Laura Erdle, with the Cape Hatteras Electric Co-op, could hardly contain her joy.

"Yesterday afternoon our transmission power was restored that new overhead line was energized and we worked to get all of the circuit off generator power and back on to the main transmission."

Developer Will Build Distribution Center At Marine Terminal

The Richmond region is fast becoming a leading distribution center. Now, The Panattoni Development Co., based in California, has acquired 62 acres near the Richmond Marine Terminal to build a one million square foot, state of the art, distribution center.

Matt Anderson, Senior Vice President with the real estate firm CBRE Richmond, represented Panattoni. Warehouse space is at an all time high and vacancies at an all time low.

DEQ Investigating Massive Fish Kill

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality remains on the scene of a chemical spill into creek, south of Roanoke, on Monday. It may have killed a record number of fish.

Tinker Creek is in Botetourt County. DEQ’s Bill Hayden explained what happened.

"There was a tank of a toxic chemical that was somehow punctured and about 165 gallons of this chemical leaked into the creek."

Petersburg Council Pulls Land Sale from Agenda

Petersburg City Council removed consideration of the sale of one of the largest pieces of properties in the city’s real estate portfolio from its meeting agenda this week.

For more than a century, the 23 acres site on Pocahontas Island was home to the Roper Brothers Lumber Company.

The city’s Economic Development Authority bought the land for $2.4 million in 2011 after the company filed for bankruptcy. It is currently assessed at $2.3 million.

Electric Co-op Updates Restoration of Hatteras and Ocracoke Power

Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative has narrowed its focus as efforts to restore electric power to Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands continues.

The co-op's Laura Erdle told WCVE, "We have determined that the new overhead line is our best option for the quickest repair and the one that’s going to be the most reliable in the end."

She called progress made today above ground awesome.

"They are finishing pulling wire this afternoon, most likely. They have two of the cables up already. It is a three phase so there will be a third cable going up this afternoon."

Petersburg City Manager Addresses Sale of Water System

Petersburg’s city manager says another problem last week with the city’s water system shows that something needs to be done about Petersburg’s aging infrastructure.

Aretha Ferrell-Benavides noted that the city is already part of a regional water authority and while many people say “we’re selling our water," that’s is not the case. What would be sold is the maintenance and engineering of the lines.

"I’m not necessarily a proponent for selling the system, I am a proponent of doing something, which means we’re going to have to develop and budget funding to replace our lines."