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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 Seeking New Finance Director

Petersburg’s Acting City Manager told City Council last night that the city is beginning “the recruiting process for a new finance director.”

Dironna Moore Belton did not send a press release when Irvin Carter was dismissed and last night said only that his services were no longer required.

Irvin was hired in 2011 by fired City Manager William Johnson. According to a recent audit, the Petersburg’s general fund is overdrawn by close to $7 million.

Vietnam Vets Honored at Fort Lee

Fort Lee will pay tribute tomorrow (4/20) to a group of veterans who were in the same unit in Petersburg before deploying to serve together in Vietnam. They were part of the 109th Quartermaster Company at Fort Lee in 1966 and were deployed to Vietnam with the 383rd Quartermaster Detachment Air Delivery. There’ll be a ceremony commemorating their service and their return.

Space Station Visible in Virginia This Week

The International Space Station, now the largest artificial body in orbit, is going to be visible over Central Virginia several times this week.

If you want to see tonight, look to the southwest sky at 9:12, the station will appear as a bright star for only about three minutes.

Tomorrow night it will be seen for about four minutes beginning at 8:21 and Friday the station will be visible for only a minute or so at 8:13.

YWCA and Children’s Museum Pre-School Program

The YWCA and the Children’s Museum in Richmond are partnering to expand the Y’s pre-school program called The Sprout School.

CEO Linda Tissiere explained that the YWCA, involved in pre-school education for 40 years, found it was time to update their approach. She said the curriculum is geared to teaching children by allowing them to use their curiosity to explore.

Of 130 children accepted, two thirds will either pay no charge or receive scholarships at The Sprout School.

Special Olympics “Little Feet Meet” is Thursday

Special Olympics Virginia and Chesterfield County Public Schools’ will sponsor what they call a Little Feet Meet on Thursday (4/21). The event is free and open to the public from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at James River High School.

Ally Truesdale is the Special Olympics James River Region Director.

More than 400 James River High students have volunteered to help with the Little Feet Meet.

Boulevard Study Will Go to Council April 25th

Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones’ office says the long awaited Boulevard study will go to the city council April 25th. The study was designed to uncover the “highest and best use” of the land the city owns on the Boulevard.

Input was gathered at public meetings all over Richmond and the message was loud and clear. A baseball stadium is what the people say they want.

Crowd Hears About Petersburg Water Meter Woes

There was a meeting at Union Station, called by the Mayor of Petersburg to let the public hear about an investigation into ongoing water meter problems. There were some 200 people at the meeting.

They heard from Attorney Paul Goldman, who was hired to look into the water meter situation in February. He called what he found “baffling.” A million and a half dollars in cost overruns, meters improperly installed, no update to the city’s water utility billing system, and a contract with Johnson Controls that doesn’t hold the company responsible, a “fiasco” Goldman concluded.

Hanover Supervisors Approved Budget

Hanover County Supervisors last night (4/13) approved a $428.3 million budget.

Property tax rates won’t change.

About $176 million dollars goes to education and provides a 2% raise of all of the school systems employees.

Sixteen new instructional jobs will be added. Seven new jobs were funded in law enforcement including 4 patrol and 2 court deputies and an administrative position. Sheriff David Hines had asked for ten deputies and two administrative jobs.

Supervisors Raise Prince George Real Estate Tax Rate

The Prince George Board of Supervisors voted unanimously this week to approve a 4% hike in the county’s real estate tax. The vote will increase the rate from .82¢ to .86¢ per $100 dollars assessed value and take effect on the first of July.

Tax rates on cars, industrial machinery and farm land will not change.

Only one of three speakers was opposed to it before the vote.

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