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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

Virginia Launches RUOnlineVA? to Map Internet Access

The Governor launched RUOnlineVA? this week. It’s an effort to identify areas where there is no broadband internet access.

A survey will give individuals and businesses a chance to let the Commonwealth know if they can’t get online. Sec’y of Technology Karen Jackson said it’s easy, just log on to or call toll free 877-969-6675 and answer a few questions.

Goochland Supervisors Say Yes to Solar Farm

Early next year, the Charlottesville based Martin Solar Center will begin installation of Goochland’s first Photovoltaic Farm in the western part of the county. The solar farm will be located on 35 acres near Martin and Shannon Hill Roads.

The Central Virginia Electric Cooperative will buy the electricity generated.

Goochland Supervisors approved a conditional use permit.

Goochland Supervisors Approve Solar Farm Project

The Goochland Board of Supervisors has given the okay for a conditional use permit to allow the first photovoltaic facility in Goochland, to be installed in the western part of the county. The land is near the intersection of Martin and Shannon Hill Roads. Bob Minnick is chairman of the board.

The Charlottesville based Martin Solar Center will build it and the 5,000 kilowatt’s of electricity generated will be sold to the Central Virginia Electric Cooperative. Bruce Maurhoff is the co-ops Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

James River Leadership Academy Environmental Symposium

On Saturday (5/21), at Luck Companies Learning Center in Goochland, the James River Association celebrated the inaugural class of the James River Leadership Academy.

There were 18 high school students from across the James River basin who committed to a year of leadership training and implementing a lasting, positive environmental impact through community projects.

Georgia Busch, a JRA Watershed Educator, said the students reported on projects ranging from rain barrels to bald eagle nesting platforms and art projects.

Lawyer for Accused Killer of Trooper Wants Restored Felons on Jury

Dinwiddie Circuit judge Paul Cella has agreed to hear a motion to permit felons, whose voting rights have been restored, to serve on the jury of the man accused of killing a Virginia State Trooper. The defense team for Russell Brown, III, is asking that the court unseal juror questionnaires sent last fall to a list of potential jury candidates provided by the state supreme court.

Brown is charged in the death of Trooper Junius Walker, gunned down when he stopped to help Brown on the side of I-85.

Virginia Community College Tuition Up Only 2.6%

The State Board for Community Colleges today raised in state student tuition and fees 2.6% for next academic year.

This is the smallest increase in more than a decade.

Assistant Vice Chancellor Jeffrey Kraus said that means a three hour class will go up just over $11 dollars and a full time load of classes will increase $112.40 for the year.

The small increase, Kraus said, is the result of major investments by the General Assembly in higher education funding in the state budget that takes effect on the first of July.

Dinwiddie Roundabout Construction to Ease Traffic Congestion

The Virginia Department of Transportation expects construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Cox and Ferndale Roads in Dinwiddie will be completed this fall.

VDOT’s Lindsey LeGrande explained that the $4 million project replaces a traffic signal.

VDOT Location and Design Engineer Terry Knouse, at a public meeting yesterday (5/18), noted data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety showing total crashes after roundabout construction dropped nearly 40%.