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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

Petersburg Fire Department Impacted By City’s Money Woes

Cincinnati based First Vehicle Services, Inc., the company that maintains Petersburg Fire Trucks, Emergency Vehicles, and Police Cars among 550 total pieces of equipment, has terminated its contract as of today saying it’s owed just over a million dollars.

The city says it owes $884,000.

A Richmond based company has repossessed fire equipment and another Virginia firm is on the verge of taking the same action.

Political analyst and commentator Bob Holsworth says some serious questions need answers.

Cameron Foundation Grant to Hopewell Downtown Partnership

The Hopewell Downtown Partnership has received a $30,000 grant from the Cameron Foundation to hire a second full time staff member. There is a part time farmer’s market manager, but the partnership depends on a volunteer board of directors and volunteer committees to do the work of revitalization.

At present Executive Director Evan Kaufman is the partnership’s only paid employee. He’s looking to hire a self starter with a varied background.

Applications will be accepted in the next few weeks. Interviews will happen next month and the hope is to hire someone in October.

Commonwealth Education Policy Institute Releases Schools Data

Just over a million students, K through 12, and half a million college students are heading back to school shortly.

The Commonwealth Education Policy Institute at VCU has released Back to School Facts and Insights.

Parents of K-12 students who were polled were upbeat about the teaching. Higher education is also highly regarded.

The full report is on line at

VCU Launches Master’s Program in Digital Sociology

The first master’s degree program in digital sociology in the U.S. begins with seven online students on the 25th of this month (August) at VCU.

The program’s director, Dr. Tara Stamm, said the students, already working in sociology, will learn the tools needed to collect and analyze data from online sources like social media to explore inequality and social justice.

Digital sociology, she said, is the study of the social processes that shape technologies.

Henrico Offers Website to Report Violations

Henrico launched a website this month that provides a way for people who live in the county to report tax, building, and other violations.

Retired Police Chief Col. Doug Middleton, now deputy county manager for public safety, said it’s a part the county’s continuing effort to be as transparent as possible.

A key link has been included. That includes things like vehicles with out of state plates that have been in Henrico for years and should be registered there.

Petersburg Council Will Not Appoint Citizen to Search Committee

On May 17th Petersburg City Council agreed to include a citizen in the interview and selection process to find a new city manager. Last week that changed.

In a special meeting, council passed a motion not to include a member of the public. Mayor Howard Myers said there was only one applicant.

With no one to appoint, he said, council turned to the acting city attorney.

Councilwoman Treska-Wilson-Smith was the only no vote. She said the position wasn’t properly advertised adding, “we didn’t do what was right.”

Clean Sweep Petersburg Will Hire a Lawyer

Petersburg City Council is in the process of hiring a new city manager without any citizen input in their search. That’s not sitting well with a citizen’s group that is taking action.

Clean Sweep Petersburg has more than 700 followers on Facebook. Gina Harrison is one of the founders.

At a special meeting last week council decided to remove all public input from the search process.

Barbara Rudolph, another founder of Clean Sweep, said the group, has come support on council.

7th Street Closing Today as Building Demolition Continues

One lane of 7th Street between Canal and Cary streets will be closed at 6:00 p.m. tonight (8/12). All lanes will shut down shortly after that for a building demolition.

Dominion Resource’s Ryan Frazier explained that demolition of the six story Richmond Plaza Building began about a week ago. The new building will be a 20 story tower, 413 feet, among the tallest in the city.

Richmonders, he said, should expect more road closings as the project goes forward.