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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

Virginia Community College Tuition Up Only 2.6%

The State Board for Community Colleges today raised in state student tuition and fees 2.6% for next academic year.

This is the smallest increase in more than a decade.

Assistant Vice Chancellor Jeffrey Kraus said that means a three hour class will go up just over $11 dollars and a full time load of classes will increase $112.40 for the year.

The small increase, Kraus said, is the result of major investments by the General Assembly in higher education funding in the state budget that takes effect on the first of July.

Dinwiddie Roundabout Construction to Ease Traffic Congestion

The Virginia Department of Transportation expects construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Cox and Ferndale Roads in Dinwiddie will be completed this fall.

VDOT’s Lindsey LeGrande explained that the $4 million project replaces a traffic signal.

VDOT Location and Design Engineer Terry Knouse, at a public meeting yesterday (5/18), noted data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety showing total crashes after roundabout construction dropped nearly 40%.

Marker Will Honor Actor Joseph Cotton

Actor Joseph Cotton became a star after his movie debut in 1941 in Citizen Kane. The Virginia Department of Historic Resources is honoring him with an historical marker in his hometown. The marker will be dedicated Saturday afternoon (5/21) at 2:00 p.m. in front of the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology on Washington Street.

Cotton was born in Petersburg in 1905. He died in 1994 and is buried in Blandford Cemetery.

Controlling Mosquito Breeding to Avoid Zika Virus Threat

There are more than 500 cases of Zika Virus reported in the United States but, so far, none of those cases were the result of a local mosquito bite.

Scott Reiter, the Virginia Extension Service Agent in Prince George County, said of concern locally is the Asian Tiger Mosquito known to transmit Zika in other countries. With all the rain recently, he said, now is the time to dump all standing water to control mosquito breeding where we live.

It’s also a good idea, Reiter added, to use a personal mosquito repellent if you’re spending a lot of time outside.

Petersburg Budget Proposal Draws Praise

Petersburg City Council members and people who were there last night when a proposed budget was introduced were, by and large, pleased.

Interim City Manager Dironna Moore Belton’s plan includes nearly $2 million in spending cuts. There’s a focus on basic infrastructure needs like streets, sidewalks, and storm drains.

Petersburg, Belton says, needs to attract new businesses, new jobs, and more home buyers by improving services, including education.

Friday is Bike to Work Day and Richmond’s Bike/Walk Street Opens

Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones is inviting riders to join him Friday for Bike to Work Day. The city’s first Bike/Walk Street on Floyd Avenue will have its grand opening.

There’ll be a ribbon cutting at 8am at Sydney Park. That’s where Floyd Avenue and Morris Street intersect.

After the ceremony, Mayor Jones will lead a bike ride to Ellwood Thompson’s Café at the end of the new Bike/Walk Street for coffee with the mayor and a conversation about healthy lifestyles and future multi modal projects.

Area EMS Units Win National Awards

This is EMS Week across the country, and Richmond area EMS providers have been recognized with national awards.

Each year, more than 250,000 people experience a type of heart attack caused when blood flow is blocked. The American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline Gold Award recognizes EMS efforts to provide life saving treatment in at least 75% of cases.

Rob Lawrence, Chief Operating Officer of the Richmond Ambulance Authority, explained that the ideal time for restoring blood flow is less than 90 minutes from the outset of the condition.

Virginia’s Gateway Region Celebrates 55 Years

The Virginia Gateway Region is celebrating 55 years of economic development in the Tri-Cities area. At an event last week, the group made it clear it’s not resting on in laurels, announcing that $3.4 billion in capital investment will be flowing into the region offering great promise for the tax base and for people as investment brings new direct and indirect dollars to the economy through more consumer spending and investment.

Rezoning Request Made for East End Grocery Store

The Richmond Redevelopment Authority has made a rezoning application to construct a mixed use residential and neighborhood retail development in the East End.

The project would occupy the northern corners of the intersection of Nine Mile Road and North 25th Street in Church Hill. It’s been known as a “food desert” for a number of years. That means the neighborhood doesn’t have its own grocery outlet.