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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

Sheriff Responds To Tragedy Near Smith Mountain Lake

The whole nation was stunned by what happened yesterday (8/26) near Smith Mountain Lake. When Franklin County Sheriff Bill Overton, Jr. began his remarks yesterday, he first extended condolences to the victims and to WDBJ television where the two were doing a live shot interview from Smith Mountain Lake when they were attacked.

The Sheriff noted that he had been interviewed by reporter Allyson Parker and videographer Adam Ward when school opened, and what happened stopped him in his tracks.

Science Matters: Multi Award Winning Goochland Science Teacher Anne Moore

Goochland Middle School Science teacher Anne Moore has been invited to the White House twice to receive first the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, and most recently, the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators.

When we met in her classroom, as she was getting things organized for the opening of school, I asked her what it is about her work that has attracted so much attention.

VA SOL Scores On The Rise

SOL scores are out from The State Department of Education and the trend is positive.

Supt. of Public Instruction Steven Staples said student achievement shows significant progress. Scores were up five points overall in math and reading and two points each in writing, science, and history.

Overall AfricanAmerican students improved their math scores 7 points and reading six. Hispanic students achieved 6 point gains in both math and reading.

A STEM Academy in Colonial Heights

STEM, Krishan Agrawal said, is not a buzzword. It has meaning. Other countries are putting money into nurturing their children’s science, engineering and math education.

Before he was elected to the Colonial Heights School Board, the Virginia State University Math and Science Professor presented a proposal to establish a STEM academy to provide students with skills needed to compete for good jobs.

As a board member, Agrawal recently outlined the details for the STEM academy. The board voted to establish a committee to dig deeper.

Workforce Center Connect Jobs and Employers

Unemployment rates have been in double digits and jobs have been hard to find in some parts of Virginia. But, there is a place for people looking for work to learn and companies that can hire them to get together.

Debra Crowder is Executive Director of the South Central Workforce Investment Board. There are 15 such boards statewide.

The board operates four workforce centers in the region. The centers have resource rooms and materials necessary to find a job and explore career options. Job seekers can also further their education.

VCU School Of Business Is Part Of VITAL

The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business is a part of the Virginia International Trade Alliance, VITAL, launched this month by Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

Dr. Van Wood, is a professor of International Business and Marketing. VCU, he explained, has worked the past two years with Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones and others to conceptualize and develop VITAL.

State Police Seek Help In Gun Theft Case

Virginia State Police are asking the public for help in indentifying the man who stole a firearm at a gun show in Henrico on July 11th.

According to troopers, the man approached a vendor's table at the Richmond Raceway Complex, took the gun, and smuggled it out of the building.

The suspect is a heavy set black man 5'10" to 6'2". He had a buzz cut along the sides of his head and is balding on top. He was wearing a dark blue or black t-shirt with a great white shark on the front.