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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

Non-Profit Better Housing Coalition Buys Hotel

The non profit Better Housing Coalition has purchased what was, most recently, a Quality Inn in the 3200 block of West Broad Street. It will be converted to family housing.

The coalition’s president and CEO Greta Harris said at $30 million, it will be their largest investment to date. It is the first time, she said, that the coalition is investing in an already vibrant and growing neighborhood. The property is a block away from a key stop on GRTC upcoming PULSE Rapid transit route.

Solar Array Generates Power and Educates Kids

On Friday (9/16), Dominion Virginia Power offered tours of its solar array at Philip Morris USA Park 500 in Chesterfield. It generates electric power and more.

8,000 solar panels are mounted at the facility on Bermuda Hundred Road. Dominion’s director of New Technology and Energy Conservation, Brett Crable, showed off an observation deck intended to generate interest in students about solar power.

Dominion uses the $4.9 million project to study the impact of solar on the grid. The solar array can generate 2,000 kilowatts of electricity, enough to power 500 homes at peak.

Savannah Reporter Covered Petersburg Candidate’s Firing

Leslie Conn was a reporter at the Savannah Morning News when Rochelle Small-Toney was both an interim and the city manager of the Georgia city. She also covered her removal from the job.

Conn said Small-Toney is highly intelligent and charismatic.

Problems began early in her administration that have an unwelcome familiarity for Petersburg.

Petersburg Council Discussing Offer to City Manager Candidate

Petersburg Mayor W. Howard Myers says city council has made an offer and is in focused discussion about a candidate for city manager.

Mayor Myers didn’t say to whom the offer was made but, when asked about the presence at council’s last meeting of Rochelle Small-Toney, former city manager in Savannah, Georgia, and currently a Deputy City Manager in Fayetteville, North Carolina, he said, she has the kind of experience needed for the job.

Will Rochelle Small-Toney be Petersburg City Manager?

It’s been reported that Rochelle Small-Toney expected to be named City Manager of Petersburg Wednesday night (9/14) but reports of her firing in Savannah, Georgia, resulted in no announcement.

Leslie Conn was a reporter for the Savannah Morning News when Small-Toney was named city manager. She was in the job for less than a year, when problems surfaced.

Petersburg Council Consider Manager Candidates

Petersburg City Council had a special meeting yesterday but didn’t name a new city manager. One candidate was present, and that’s created a stir.

Rochelle Small-Toney, currently deputy city manager in Fayetteville, North Carolina, didn’t say anything but did leave the meeting with Mayor W. Howard Myers. In 2012, she had to resign as city manager of Savannah, Georgia, over a variety of issues. Barb Rudolph, with the citizen’s group Clean Sweep Petersburg says that’s a concern.

Mayor Myers said more time is needed to make this important decision for the city.

Environmental Groups Flag Chesterfield Power Plant Permit

A week from today (9/15) the State Water Control Board will consider the draft water discharge permit for Dominion to dewater its coal ash ponds at the Chesterfield Power Station.

Two environmental groups say their testing of the James River in the area raised red flags. The James River Association and Southern Environmental Law Center say they tested both water and sediment.

The DEQ’s Bill Hayden said the agency has closely examined the test results that were submitted.

Hopewell Agrees to Plans for Gateway Project

The Hopewell City Council has agreed to plans to move forward with a community gateway project in partnership with The Cameron Foundation.

Cameron President J. Todd Graham said council also approved the preliminary concept for the project and endorsed the commissioning a sculpture that will be the gateway’s centerpiece.

That, he noted, is a targeted area for economic development including a river walk and Boathouse restaurant over looking the Appomattox river.

Petersburg School Superintendent to Share Plans

The Petersburg School Board is having a back to school community meeting tonight (9/14) at 6:00 p.m. in the Petersburg High School auditorium. The Superintendent of Schools is the featured speaker.

Superintendent Dr. Marcus Newsome says he’s looking forward to the meeting. After that, everyone will be invited to be part of small groups to offer feedback and brainstorm ideas.