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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

Dominion Ready to Begin Tower Construction Across Rappahannock

Dominion Virginia Power filed a 15 day notice with the Virginia Marine Resources Commission on October 1st, to begin construction of steel towers to carry power lines, now attached to the aging Norris Bridge, across the Rappahannock.

Dominion has the necessary permits in place from the VMRC and Army Corps of Engineers to begin construction on schedule this month.

Opponents want the cables to run under the river. Dominion says that would cost a lot more to do and still more to repair if necessary.

Richmond Ambulance Authority Wins National Award

The Richmond Ambulance Authority has been named the National Association of Emergency Medical Technician’s Dick Ferneau Career EMS Agency of the Year. It recognizes outstanding achievement in emergency healthcare.

Richmond, the organization noted, is known globally for its willingness to share its innovations and research in prehospital care.

Johnny Farmer Has Forfeited More Land in Kellogg Swindle

Convicted Mecklenburg County grocery chain owner Johnny Farmer has forfeited another 13.5 acres of land. It’s part of his effort to repay just under $2 million he swindled from The Kellogg Corporation.

Kellogg was a supplier of Farmer’s Foods, based in Chase City. A US District Judge has authorized Federal Marshals to dispose of the seized land.

Farmer and co-defendant John Palmer, III, of Fredericksburg, have repaid less than $400,000 of restitution money owned to Kellogg’s.

Dominion Virginia Power Proposing 3 Major Solar Projects

Dominion Virginia Power has filed for approval of three large scale solar projects that will produce 56 megawatts of power.

Dominion’s David Botkins explained that getting the three up and on line by December of next year is another step toward Dominion’s commitment to build 400 megawatts of large scale solar by 2020.

These are not inexpensive projects. The price tag will top $130 million.
If the SCC approves, Botkins said, that will add 7 cents to the average customer bill starting the first of December.

Westover Church House Tour Benefits the Needy

The annual Westover Church Autumn Pilgrimage House Tour happens Saturday, October 10th.

The historic Episcopal Church, on Route 5 in Charles City, sponsors the popular event. The Rev. April Greenwood explained that it’s a chance to see historic plantations, homes and gardens, many not ordinarily open to the public.

Others begin at the church and enjoy the home made treats before starting out. The tour funds a wide range of social service projects for children and families in need and the elderly and disabled.

Dominion Innovation Center Opens in New Ashland Location

In 2009, Dominion Resources partnered with the Town of Ashland and Hanover County to fund and create the Dominion Innovation Center. Its a STEM oriented business development incubator.

This afternoon (10/7) at 4:30 p.m., there’ll be an open house at the center’s new location at 201 Duncan Street. John Larson is Dominion’s Director of Alternative Energy Resource and Business Development.

A number of innovators who began at the center will be on hand for the event.

Schools Making SOL Progress Can Be “Partially Accredited”

The Virginia Board of Education has revised its school accreditation standards to better inform the public about the progress schools are making.

The achievement levels on SOL tests to earn a “fully accredited” rating haven’t changed. Supt. of Public Instruction Steven Staples explained that now schools close to full accreditation, or making acceptable progress, will earn one of four “partialy accredited” ratings.

Staples said, this change “allows the commonwealth to focus resources and technical assistance on schools that are most in need of support.”

Dominion Responds to Tower Opposition on Rappahannock

Last week, Dominion Power responded to comments that appeared in the Rappshannock Record about its proposal to build ten steel towers next to the Norris Bridge to carry power lines across the river.

Dominion project manager Wes Keck talked about the cables and power needs on the Northern Neck. “It is not,” he said, “a ‘back up’ line.”

He noted that both the transmission line from Warsaw and the one that crosses the river are part of a grid. “Electrons flow both ways,” adding that the bridge line is especially vital in the summer when air conditioning drives up power use.