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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

New Petersburg Finance Director Is Optimistic

Petersburg’s new finance manager, in first days in the job, has been working to understand how the city’s finances reached the critical point. Blake Rane says he is optimistic.

Rane says pretty much everything needs to be “cleaned up and corrected.”

Rane also says, “The big challenge is to really truly implement internal controls. The consultants set a budget, they did a lot of the pre work and now my job is to take those controls and, along with the new city manager, make sure that we start livin’ by them.”

State Agriculture Department Develops Honeybee Protection Plan

The loss of honey bees is a national concern. For more than a year, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has been working to develop what they call The Voluntary Plan to Mitigate the Risk of Pesticides to Managed Pollinators.

Honeybees are important to agriculture in Virginia. The agency’s apiarist is Keith Tignor.

"We look to them to pollinate about 80 crops across Virginia. Not just our apples and other fruits, there’s lots of vegetable that they pollinate for us," said Tignor.

VCU Study Finds Affordable Housing Not Located Near Jobs

A new VCU study finds affordable housing and available jobs are not in proximity in the Richmond metro area.

The report, from the Wilder School’s Center for Urban and Regional Analysis, is, according to lead researcher Tom Jacobson, the first time this pattern has been analyzed.

"There’s about 67,000 jobs in what we call the suburban donut, the established suburbs of Henrico and Chesterfield where there are many more jobs than there are housing units."

Hopewell Installs Wastewater Nitrogen Reduction System

The City of Hopewell has completed and begun operation of a new reduction system, that relies on naturally occurring microorganisms to break down nitrogen in the city’s waste water treatment plant.

Jeanie Grandstaff, the city’s water renewal director, said that million system cleans the water that flows into the James River and, eventually, the Chesapeake Bay.

Goochland Schools Reward Instructional Innovations

When Dr. James Raley took over as Goochland’s Superintendent of Schools last year, he encouraged the idea of offering grant opportunities to teachers who proposed instructional innovations.

Dr. Stephen Geyer is Goochland’s Assisstant Superintendent for Instruction.

"Often times teachers go and spend their own money to make really cool, exciting things happen in their classrooms and the idea was we don’t want that to be a barrier for our teachers. If they’ve got a great idea we want them to make it happen."

CNBC Rates Virginia #7 Among Best States to do Business

Virginia has moved up to number 7 in CNBC’s latest ranking of the best states for doing business.

Virginia Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President Keith Martin noted that in 2012 Virginia ranked third in the nation and steadily dropped until last year the commonwealth ranked 13th.

"In some cases it’s not that we’re doing things bad but we’re seeing other states making improvements and catching up with Virginia."

National rankings, he said, are closely watched by companies looking at potential places to expand or relocate.

Virginia DOE Recognized for Improving Outcomes For Disabled

For the fifth consecutive year, the U.S. Department of Education has awarded Virginia its highest rating for improving outcomes for students with disabilities.

John Eisenberg, Virginia’s Asst. Supt. for Special Education and Students Services, noted that the commonwealth has earned the maximum number of possible points on all 10 indicators of compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

"Our biggest thanks need to be the people who are the 'boots on the ground' in our local school divisions. It's because of their hard work that we have these scores."

Fort Lee Celebrates 100th Birthday

Fort Lee kicked off a celebration of the Army base’s 100th birthday over the weekend and the party is still going on.

The Fort’s Susan Gauvin said, "Camp Lee was established in 1917 as a result of the United States entry into World War I."

Some 5,000 soldiers and countless civilian visitors attended a ceremony yesterday in Williams Stadium, that included speeches, the Olde Guard Fife and Drum Corps and The Black Daggers parachute demonstration team.

School Board Asks Henrico Schools for Redistricting Study

The Henrico County School Board recently completed a redistricting plan. Board chair Beverly Cocke, is asking that the schools initiate a study of middle and high schools for 2020.

Cocke said the county is growing and putting Band-Aids on things won’t work.

"During the process we realized that there is so much new construction going on so many new people moving to the area and looking at the numbers we have four high schools that will be at a hundred per cent, or close to it, by 2024."

She believes a comprehensive redistricting is what’s needed.

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