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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

Augusta County Schools Closed, Concert and Athletics Cancelled

On the advice of law enforcement, Augusta County Schools are closed today. All athletic events, a concert at Wilson Memorial High School, and a fundraiser for a needy family were also cancelled.

The decision followed a flood of objections to a geography class lesson at Riverheads High School that involved students writing an Islamic statement of faith in Arabic.

There were, the Sheriff’s office said, no specific threats but the tone of calls and emails, some from out of state, led to the action out of “an abundance of caution.”

UCI Road World Championships Were A Winner for Richmond

The UCI Road World Championships met or exceeded predictions according to an analysis by Chmura Economics and Analytics.

The Richmond based company conducted a follow up study pro-bono for Richmond 2015, the group that staged the race. Chris Chmura is CEO and chief economist for the firm. She said pre-race predictions were exceeded.

Other economists who reviewed the study noted that it didn’t take into account hospitality indicators like meals tax revenues and hotel occupancy rates that were either flat or down in the city during the race.

Metro View Offers Richmond Metro Stats Online

The Center for Urban and Regional Analysis at VCU has launched Metro View, a website offering an in-depth look at the region that cuts across local government boundaries.

Metro View covers the entire 18 jurisdiction Richmond Metropolitan Statistical Area plus five counties around it.

Dr. John Accordino, director of the Center, said they have pulled together data from localities and other sources on every parcel of land.

Users can select specific geography and draw their own map.

Coalition Wants Lancaster County to Fund Tower Battle

The Save the Rappahannock Coalition wants Lancaster County Supervisors to help fund the legal battle over power transmission towers across the Rappahannock. The coalition says its legal fees have topped $50,000 in their opposition to Dominion Virginia Power’s plan to construct steel towers to carry a new transmission line across the river.

The coalition’s Gary Hooper says it’s time for the county to show that it too “cares about the future and to co-invest” in their efforts.

Court Appearance in University of Mary Washington Murder

The man accused of murdering a housemate at the University of Mary Washington will be in court today (12/17).

Steven Briel will plead not guilty by reason of insanity according to documents filed in Fredericksburg Circuit Court. He is charged with first degree murder, strangulation, and abduction in the April 17th death of Grace Mann.

Briel’s new plea came after his attorney had tried to get a mental health evaluation for his client. He had already entered a not guilty plea.

Grant Will Help VCU Identify Preterm Birth Predictors

Preterm birth is a global problem, claiming the lives of than a million babies worldwide every year. The VCU Center for the Study of Biological Complexity has received a grant to continue studies to reduce those numbers.

The Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth awarded just over $378,000 to help VCU researchers in their search for predictors of preterm birth and other adverse pregnancy outcomes.

Star Tek Hiring 430 in Lynchburg

Star Tek, a global firm with more than 700 employees in Lynchburg, is hiring 430 more. The company’s clients include T-Mobile, AT&T, and Comcast.

Some of the hires will be seasonal, the company said, and those individuals will know that ahead time.

Site director Mireille De Bruycker said because of Star Tek’s upfront investment in training, they do everything possible to offer seasonal hires positions in other lines of business.

There’ll be a job fair today at Star Tek on Waterlick Road in Lynchburg.