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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

VDOT on Stand By In Case Hurricane Moves Our Way

It appears that Virginia may be spared the impact of Hurricane Matthew but the Virginia Department of Transportation is keeping track and making plans in case that situation changes.

The department’s Jessica Cowardin said regular updates are being circulated as the storm continues to churn in the Atlantic.

While we may miss the high winds, rain could be an issue and the ground is well saturated, even on some roadways.

Judge Moves on Lawsuit, Petersburg Attorney Wasn’t Notified

Petersburg Circuit Court Judge Joseph Teefey, Jr., yesterday (10/4) appointed a third party to oversee an account into which the city must transfer money to cover the bills the South Central Wastewater Authority says are past due.

The judge moved the lawsuit out of court and into mediation and ordered the city to immediately place funds into that account until the suit is resolved.

DEQ Requests Additional Monitoring Wells at Coal Ash Site

The Department of Environmental Quality has asked Dominion Power to increase the number of wells in Dumfries that are monitoring the groundwater where the Possum Point Power Station’s coal ash ponds are being closed.

DEQ’s Bill Hayden said the request is part of the normal solid waste permitting process. Dominion, he said, has reported elevated groundwater concentrations of certain heavy metals consistent with coal ash and more data will explain why.

The power station’s 15 current ground water monitoring wells will increase to 24.

Family Owned Pharmacy Worried About Goochland Land Sale

When Goochland Supervisors consider a land sale tomorrow (10/4) they’ll receive a petition urging them not to make the deal.

A chain drug store would be built across the road from two family owned pharmacies. Pharmacist Wayne Dawson said he circulated the petition because the big box stores can’t offer what a local pharmacy can.

Supervisor Chair Robert Minnick said no vote will be taken without hearing from the public first.

Supervisors turned down a similar proposal from the same developer in 2009.

MathScience Innovation Center Marks 50 Years

Tomorrow (10/1), starting at 12:30 p.m., the MathScience Innovation Center in Richmond will celebrate its 50th Anniversary, still going strong, serving some 130,000 students and 2,000 teachers. The school’s first director, Dr. Robert Haynes will be on hand for the festivities.

Director Hollee Freeman was a student at the Open High School when she joined the Questers Saturday program. She said, rain or shine, the campus and specialized classrooms will be open to the public.

There’ll be food trucks, ice cream, and balloons and, of course, demonstrations.

VDOT Grant Will Mean New Sidewalks in Henrico

Over the past four years Henrico County has been adding sidewalks at a pretty good clip. There are 27 projects underway right now that include sidewalks. More, a lot more, are on the way.

Director of Public Utilities Steven Yob explained projects are planned in Tuckahoe, Three Chopt, Fairfield, and Varina.

New construction will begin within a year, he said, in areas where utilities don’t have to be moved or right of way acquired.

TSA Won’t Be Supplying Dogs at RIC

Transportation Security Administration canine detection teams were sent from Richmond International Airport to larger facilities a year ago. A grant application was submitted recently to return them. That’s not going to happen.

The airport’s Troy Bell told us that RIC was invited to apply for a TSA grant.

This, Bell said, is not something the public needs to worry about.

Virginia Students Continue to Top National SAT Achievement

Virginia’s 2016 public school graduates continue to out-perform students nationally on the SAT college admissions test.

It’s really hard, Virginia Department of Education’s Charles Pyle said, to identify any one thing to account for the upward trend in Virginia.

Meanwhile, not all Virginia students achieve at the same high level.

Ashland Launches Hospitality Zone Incentive Program

The Ashland Economic Development Authority has launched a program to help head off blight before it happens, reimbursing developers willing to revitalize neglected sites.

The goal is to demolish and replace dilapidated and underutilized buildings with a new hotel. Over a six year period, hotels can recoup up to half of the transient occupancy taxes collected.

The property needs to be in the town’s “hospitality zone,” an area west of I-95 along South Washington Street.

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