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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

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%.

Marker Will Honor Actor Joseph Cotton

Actor Joseph Cotton became a star after his movie debut in 1941 in Citizen Kane. The Virginia Department of Historic Resources is honoring him with an historical marker in his hometown. The marker will be dedicated Saturday afternoon (5/21) at 2:00 p.m. in front of the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology on Washington Street.

Cotton was born in Petersburg in 1905. He died in 1994 and is buried in Blandford Cemetery.

Controlling Mosquito Breeding to Avoid Zika Virus Threat

There are more than 500 cases of Zika Virus reported in the United States but, so far, none of those cases were the result of a local mosquito bite.

Scott Reiter, the Virginia Extension Service Agent in Prince George County, said of concern locally is the Asian Tiger Mosquito known to transmit Zika in other countries. With all the rain recently, he said, now is the time to dump all standing water to control mosquito breeding where we live.

It’s also a good idea, Reiter added, to use a personal mosquito repellent if you’re spending a lot of time outside.

Petersburg Budget Proposal Draws Praise

Petersburg City Council members and people who were there last night when a proposed budget was introduced were, by and large, pleased.

Interim City Manager Dironna Moore Belton’s plan includes nearly $2 million in spending cuts. There’s a focus on basic infrastructure needs like streets, sidewalks, and storm drains.

Petersburg, Belton says, needs to attract new businesses, new jobs, and more home buyers by improving services, including education.