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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

The U.S. Army Women’s Museum Wins Accreditation

Fort Lee’s U.S. Army Women’s Museum has received accreditation from the American Alliance of Museum. This accreditation is hard to come by.

The museum is a 5,000 square foot gallery with a growing collection of more than 6,700 artifacts.

The museum provided women’s military history lessons for more than 7,000 local students last year.

Mecklenburg School Board Okays Audit

The Mecklenburg County School Board has voted to approved an audit of all four school division accounts.

According to trustee Robert Puryear that means an independent audit of “every dime, every check, every receipt” spent or received over the past four years in the maintenance, federal funds, professional development and technology accounts.

He told the Mecklenburg Sun that while this may be expensive it needs to be done “in fairness to the new board and the new superintendent,” Paul Nichols, before he takes over next month.

Parham Doctors Hospital and OverStitch

A bariatric surgeon at Parham Doctors’ Hospital has completed a groundbreaking new suturing procedure to help weight loss bypass patients recovery more quickly with less post op pain and no further abdominal scarring.

Bariatric surgeon, Dr. Gregory Schroder explained that the new OverStitch suturing procedure is a game changer.
The procedure takes about an hour, he added, and the patient recovers at home.

Microsoft Ready to Expand Again in Mecklenburg County

Microsoft has announced its fourth expansion of its cloud based data storage facility in Mecklenburg County

The $402.4 million expansion will add another 42 jobs at the Boydton Industrial Park site.

The Virginia Tobacco Commission has approved another $1.34 million for the project and the state will add a $700,000 grant from the Governors Opportunity Fund to assist Mecklenburg.

To date Microsoft has invested more than $1.7 BILLION and created some 200 non construction jobs in the county.

The data center is Microsoft’s east coast hub for on line services.

Hopewell and Prince George County Tourism Increase

Hopewell and Prince George County had an increase of 5% in tourist spending last year.

Between the two visitors spent nearly $97 million in 2014. There are 960 tourism related jobs.

Tourism related taxes collected in the city and county were about a million dollars each.

Over the summer, the Prince George-Hopewell Chamber of Commerce renovated the Tourism and Visitor Center and combined their programs:

Dominion Infrastructure Investments Create Jobs and Revenue

A study finds investments by Dominion will create thousands of construction and long term jobs to Virginia’s economy.

Chmura Economic and Analytics examined projects on the drawing board at Dominion Virginia Power and Dominion Transmission and found that over the next six years those projects will also add over $10 BILLION to the economy.
Barry DuVal, President and CEO of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, says the work is consistent with the chamber’s Economic Blueprint for Virginia.

Copyright Infringement Sends Man to Prison

In federal court in Norfolk this morning (11/17), a 23 year old North Carolina man was sent to prison for 36 months for online music piracy.

Rocky Ouprasith, who operated the second largest online file sharing site in the country, was convicted of reproducing and distributing, without permission, millions of digital copies of copyrighted works.

He was averaging 4.5 million visits every month, costing copyright holders more than $10 million monthly.

RVA Reads Connects Volunteers

The Richmond Public Library, the Office of Community Wealth Building and Richmond Public Schools have partnered to create RVA Reads. The goal is to improve literacy in the city by improving access to books in low income homes.

A new book is introduced monthly. Mayor Jones’ Press Secretary volunteered at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Preschool Learning Center.

RVA Reads is designed to help create home libraries.


Mecklenburg Names New School Superintendent

Paul Nichols, III, has been hired to be the new Supt. of Schools in Mecklenburg County.

Nichols has been an educator for 30 years, he’ll take over December 14th.

During the search to replace Dr. James Thornton, parents and teachers urged that the new superintendent have local ties.

Nichols fits the bill. He graduated from Park View High School, his BA is from Virginia Wesleyan and his Master’s in Education was earned at Longwood University. In 2007, he established a non profit called Virginia Advanced Study Strategies focused on improving educational outcomes.