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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.

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Historic Petersburg Hotel Sold

The historic Petersburg Hotel has been sold to the Richmond based Monument Companies. They’ll spend $6 million to turn it into apartments.

Mayor Sam Parham noted that the city has more than 300 parcels of property still for sale.

"When we get a property like the Hotel Petersburg sold, it goes back on the tax rolls ..brings us tax revenues .. gives us that energy that we need as we continue to heal and rebuild the city."

The six story hotel opened in 1915 and has an impressive marble lobby staircase and other classic design details throughout.

Petersburg City Council Has Options for Water System Challenges

Last night (4/18), The Robert Bobb Group outlined five options to Petersburg City Council to deal with the aging water and wastewater operations, including privatization.

Barb Rudolph, with Clean Sweep Petersburg said that while other options were explained, an effort was made to have council pass a resolution to move to the negotiation phase with two companies bidding to operate the system. “Instead of somebody on council saying ‘I move to accept the resolution presented’ they moved on to the next agenda item and Robert Bobb was visibly shaken by that,” said Rudolph.

Water System Flushing in Hopewell and Prince George County

Virginia American Water has begun the process of flushing the water mains in Hopewell, Pr. George County, and Fort Lee.

Doug Woodhouse, the company’s operations manager, explained that the flushing is an essential part of its maintenance program for the water system and it will be going on for about two months. “We’ll be flushing throughout the City of Hopewell through May 29th, and then we have some subdivisions in Prince George County we’ll be flushing in that area May 30th through June 9th and then the Fort Lee military base from June 1st through July 7th,” said Woodhouse.

Clean Sweep Questions Petersburg Council Meeting Venue

Petersburg City Council meets tonight (4/18) in the District General Court building. A citizen’s group doesn’t think that venue is a good idea.

Barb Rudolph, one of the founders of Clean Sweep Petersburg, says moving the meeting limits public participation and many people are suspicious of council’s reasons for not using the Union Train Station. “They certainly have not had a stellar record in the past of doing things that encourage citizen participation or allowing citizens to speak freely,” said Rudolph.

National Packaging Firm Moving to Scott’s Addition

Stephen Gould Corporation, a national packaging design and product development firm, is the latest company in the area to decide to relocate in Scott’s Addition in Richmond.

Managing partner Michael Falcone said the move will happen before the end of the year. “We are moving to Scott’s Addition primarily to try to attract more of the entrepreneurs that are developing products, ideas, and concepts. We’re really excited to be able to tap into the brains there at VCU and be part of the action,” said Falcone.

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