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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

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

Henrico Supervisors Vote to Remove Part of Dominion Club Drive

Henrico Supervisors have voted to remove a part of Dominion Club Drive at the Hanover County Line. A developer, planning an age restricted “resort style” community in Hanover planned to use it to connect to Wyndham in Henrico.

Supervisors had 2,200 petition signatures and heard from speakers supporting removal of the road. Henrico Public Works Director Steve Yob explained that the county had reviewed a traffic study done by the developer HH Hunt and had some problems with it.

Petersburg Group Says It Has Signatures Needed For Removal

The citizen’s group Clean Sweep Petersburg says the signatures needed to remove the city treasurer Kevin Brown, Mayor Howard Myers, and Vice Mayor Sam Parham have been gathered.

Barb Rudolph, one of the founders of Clean Sweep, said the petitions are only the first step. Once the signatures are validated, she said, a case will be presented in circuit court.

Microsoft is Growing Again in Mecklenburg County

Microsoft Corporation has announced that it will invest $251.6 million to expand its data center in Mecklenburg County, creating 44 new jobs.

Microsoft’s investment in the county has reached just under $2 billion and created more than 250 jobs. Those workers, said County Manager Wayne Carter, rent or move to the area, eat in the restaurants, and pay taxes.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Microsoft’s success is a continuing testament to Southern Virginia’s talented workforce and Virginia’s strong IT infrastructure.

Clean Sweep Petersburg Gathers Signatures

Petersburg voters elected two new members to city council last night (11/8) and re-elected another.

Members of the citizen’s group Clean Sweep Petersburg were at the polls for yesterday’s City Council election gathering recall signatures. Charles Cuthbert, Jr. won in Ward 4, Annette Smith Lee in Ward 6, and Darin Hill was re-elected in Ward 2.

Barb Rudolph, one of the founders of Clean Sweep said this morning, the results of the election were not a complete surprise. She said the group will wait and see what the new members do.

In Petersburg Petitions to Remove Members of City Council

There were five candidates for three city council seats yesterday in Petersburg.

Darin Hill was re-elected in Ward 2. Charles Cuthbert, Jr. won in the 4th Ward, and Annette Smith-Lee ran unopposed in Ward 6. At the polls members of Clean Sweep Petersburg were gathering signatures on petitions to recall the city treasurer, mayor, and vice mayor and a councilman.

Barb Rudolph is one of the founders of Clean Sweep, she says she talked to a lot of people.

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