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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

White Stone Revitalization Gets a Shot in the Arm

On the Northern Neck, the town of White Stone is getting money to move revitalization along. The Department of Housing and Community Development has granted up to $30,000 for planning and development. Actually, the town had gotten some money already for DHCD, but had to meet five requirements and do additional paperwork to get the rest. White Stone has also gotten $10,000 from the Virginia Housing Development Authority.

Natural Gas Pipeline Creating Jobs in Southside Virginia

Construction of a 100 mile extension of a natural gas pipeline through Southside Virginia is underway. When its finished, the line will connect to Williams Transco Energy’s main gas line in Pittsylvania County to a new $1.3 million gas fired power plant that Dominion is building east of Lawrenceville in Brunswick County.

Petersburg Freedom Center Adding Healthcare

Bon Secours Freedom Healthcare will open soon on West Washington Street in Petersburg. Located in Petersburg’s Freedom Support Center, the focus will be on, but not limited to, veterans. City Councilman W. Howard Myers has worked with veterans for some time and realized that many of them are homeless.

Work on the 5,000 square foot facility began last week.

The Blue Sky Fund Lets The Sun Shine In

The Blue Sky Fund is a non-profit that is letting the sun shine into the lives of city kids. The stated mission of the Blue Sky Fund is to provide “transformational experiences for urban youth through outdoor education.”

Larson Wijesooriya is Executive Director of the Fund.

They design monthly field trips to teach science and life skills for third and sixth graders from eight Richmond elementary schools.

Hanover Crisis Intervention Center Opens

On Friday morning (10/10), there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center in Mechanicsville to officially open the Hanover Crisis Intervention Center. The new center is a partnership with Hanover supervisors, Community Services, and the Sheriff’s office.

Yvette Johnson-Threat is the acting chief medical officer at Memorial. She explained that there will be a specially trained sheriff’s deputy assigned to the center as well as a crisis clinician and a peer specialist.

Grants for School Safety on Northern Neck

Schools in Caroline, Lancaster, Richmond and Westmoreland counties have been awarded state School Security Equipment Grants. The grants, totaling nearly $235,000, require a 25% local match and can be used to upgrade security cameras, install automatic locks and buzz in systems. Localities can qualify for up to $100,000.

Lancaster and Caroline got more than $80,000 each, Richmond County just over $63,000 and Westmoreland just under $9,000.

VCU Grant To Explore Cocaine Addiction Treatment

Virginia Commonwealth University has been awarded a $6 million grant for clinical research that could lead to a safe and effective way to treat cocaine addiction. Dr. Gerry Moeller is the grant’s principal investigator. The funding, from the NIH Institute on Drug Abuse, will create the VCU Center for Medication Development for Cocaine Use Disorder which will create that bridge. The medications that researchers here and at The University of Texas are trying to develop, Moeller said, are not intended to be used a substitute for behavioral therapy for cocaine addiction.

Hundreds Search for Hannah Graham

Over the weekend a team of more than a hundred law enforcement officer and trained searchers continued an aggressive search for missing UVa student Hannah Graham. Yesterday Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo said an impassioned appeal from Hannah’s parents stiffened the resolve of search teams. Chief Longo said the area being searched is in the mountains and the brush is heavy. Dogs, ATVs, horses, and aircraft are being used, and he implored landowners to check abandoned structures and wells along with their property.

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