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John Ogle

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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

VCU Film School Production of Macbeth a First

Macbeth filmed and produced in Richmond (and environs) is a first on many levels. The VCU School of the Arts Cinema Program is the only college undergraduate film school in the country producing a feature length film with professional actors, the members of the cast of AMC’s “Turn: Washington’s Spies,” that’s filmed partly in Goochland.

Pamela Hammond Will Lead VSU

On the first of January, Dr. Pamela Hammond will take over as interim President of Virginia State University. Dr. Keith Miller recently announced that he would resign at the end of the year.

Dr. Harmond, a former Provost at Hampton University, will be the first woman to serve as VSU President in the 133 year history of the school. She said she is aware of the challenge she faces. VSU’s enrollment is down and a $19 million shortfall is looming.

The Junior League of Richmond’s Boots to Suits Program

On Veteran’s Day (11/11), a program was announced that will help vets transition from military to civilian life. The Junior League of Richmond has set up Boots to Suits, a clothing voucher program. The Junior League’s Clothes Rack Stores will provide vouchers to the Center and to the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program.

The League’s stores are located in Carytown and the Stratford Hills Shopping Center.

Transitioning active service members and vets can call the Freedom Center at (804) 451.0205 to learn more.

Army Corps of Engineers Finalizing Plan For Buggs Island Lake

The Army Corps of Engineers will use “public listening sessions” to talk about the updated shoreline management plan for Kerr Reservoir, best known as Buggs Island Lake. The Corps’ draft plan is on their official website and they’ve been meeting with local officials and other stakeholders for more than year. The first public meeting is tomorrow (11/13) from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in South Hill. Tuesday next week they’ll be in Henderson, North Carolina, and Thursday at the Clarksville Community Center.

Close Races in Tri-Cities

Treska Smith, Sam Praham, Howard Myers, and John Hart were elected to Petersburg City Council. Ken Pritchett and Lois Long, to the school board.

It was a close race for Hopewell City Council for Christina Bailey and A.J. Zevgolis in Hopewell’s first and third wards. Arlene Holloway won handily in the second as did Jackie Shornak in Ward 7. Zevgolis returned to council, beating Mayor Michael Bujakowsky by thirty votes.

Hurt Wins Big in the 5th

5th District Congressman Robert Hurt was returned to office for a third term, winning in a landslide. Hurt, who is from Chatham, was the choice of well over 60% of voters and he was declared the winner a little over two hours after the polls closed.

Democrat Lawrence Gaughan managed just under 35% of the vote and both Hurt and Gaughan finished well ahead of Libertarian Paul Jones, and Green Party standard bearer Ken Hildebrandt.

VCU Research To Develop A Safer Battery

Lithium ion batteries are everywhere. They’re in phones, laptops, cars, anything that gets recharged, and they contain toxic materials like chlorine and fluorine that make up the electrolytes of the battery. Dr. Puru Jena, a physics professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, is the first to tell you he’s not an expert on the lithium ion battery. For the last five years Dr. Jena has been working on super halogens, a somewhat larger molecule of various compositions, that behave the same way chemically as single atoms of the halogen group, the same as those used in lithium ion batteries.

Petersburg Asks Film Companies to Help Cover Damages

While the City of Petersburg is delighted that Hollywood production companies are using the 150 year old Centre Hill Museum, they’re going to bill them for damages. Brian Little, the city’s director of cultural affairs, say the companies who filmed “Turn” and “Ithaca” are each being asked to foot part of the bill for interior damage to the house. He told the Progress Index some of it may have been the result of exposing the building to humidity.