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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

CodeRVA – A Computer Science Regional High School

CodeRVA Regional High School will open in the fall on Cummings Avenue in Richmond, not far from the Diamond. The focus is computer science.

Michael Bolling, the school’s executive director, said CodeRVA will use blended instruction to personalize each student’s education. In addition there will be paid internships.

For the coming school year, CodeRVA is accepting rising 9th and 10th graders.

CodeRVA high school will share transportation with the nearby Maggie Walker Governor’s School.

Developer Adjusts Plans for Hanover Subdivision

Some residents expressed concerns and Hanover County officials and Cool Springs Company, the developer of a proposed 168 home subdivision in the Atlee area talked. Plans have been adjusted.

Cool Springs’ attorney Jim Theobald said new plans for The Villages at Taylor Farm have been filed.

He said he understands that not everyone will be pleased with additional development.

The county planning commission has recommended approval. The final decision rests with the board of supervisors.

Partnerships Will Promote Low Cost Solar Energy

The non- profit Virginia Community Capital has partnerships with several solar firms to offer low cost solar energy loans to Virginia companies.

VCC’s Small Business Solar Loans program helps finance solar equipment installation.

Bill Greenleaf at Virginia Community Capital explained, VCC received a grant from an anonymous foundation to offer the low rate.

In addition, he said, the federal government offers 30% federal tax credits toward the cost of a business solar system.

Committee Approves Underground Power Line Legislation

The Virginia Senate and Labor Committee this week approved Democratic Sen. Richard Saslaw’s bill declaring that running electric power lines underground is in the “public interest.”

The State Corporation Commission put similar legislation on hold nearly two years ago, saying Dominion Virginia Power hadn’t demonstrated “cost effectiveness.”

The power company’s David Botkins said the goal is to minimize power outages.

Saslaw’s bill specifies lines that have a 10 year average of nine or more “unplanned outage events per mile.”

Albemarle Sheriff Lobbies for DNA Databank Study

State legislators told the parents of slain UVa student Hannah Graham and the Sheriff of Albemarle County that a Crime Commission study to enhance the DNA database to include misdemeanor as well as felony arrests would be put off due to budget limitations.

They haven’t given up. In fact, Sheriff Chip Harding said, $33,000 has been raised toward the cost of the study.

If legislators agree, he said, the money could be transferred to the state’s general fund to help pay for it.

Virginia Patient Safety Summit Opens Thursday

February 2nd is Virginia Patient Safety Day. Roughly 400 health care professionals will gather that day to take part in the 6th Annual Virginia Patient Safety Summit, opening Thursday for two days in Richmond.

Abraham Segres is Vice President of Quality and Patient Safety for the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, one of the sponsors. Health care workers, he said, have embraced the opportunity to compare notes on practices and procedures and to share with their peers.

VHHA says the goal is to make Virginia the healthiest state in the nation by 2020.

7th District Congressman Dave Brat Talks About Obamacare

A Facebook page called 7th District Town Hall Meeting says it was created by some of his constituents in support of Congressman Dave Brat holding town hall meetings.

Congressman Brat posted on his Facebook page saying meetings will be organized after the first hundred days of the Trump Administration.

In a recent interview, he talked about his views on health care issues. He said Republicans have several plans to consider.

The problem with health care under the Affordable Care Act, he said, is skyrocketing costs.

Hopewell Revitalization Continues with Boathouse Restaurant

Hopewell officials have been trying for two years to get restaurateur Kevin Healy to locate a Boathouse Restaurant in the city. A deal was finalized last week.

The Boathouse at City Point will open on the site of the former Navigator’s Den along the Appomattox River on Route 10.

The restaurant is expected to open in April.