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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.

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Science Matters: 2016 STEM Fair Winners

The Math Science Innovation Center’s 2016 Metro Richmond STEM Fair happened Saturday at Clover Hill High School in Chesterfield.

There were 258 projects entered by students in the middle and high school divisions of the STEM Fair.

STEM Fair Director Vonita Giddings said the winners go on to the State Science and Engineering Fair at VMI, and to Arizona for the Intel Science and Engineering Fair competing against thousands of others.

Over the years, 25 of 32 came home with awards.

VCU School of the Arts Tops Best Grad School Rankings

The Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts is, once again, at the top of US News and World Reports’ Best Graduate School rankings. VCU Arts is the number one public graduate program among public institutions and second among both public and private programs, in both cases, tied with UCLA.

Joseph Seipel, Dean of the VCU Art School, credits the dedication of the faculty and staff in developing curricula and educating student artists for the distinction.

Fort Lee’s 94th Training Division’s New Command Sgt. Major

There was a ceremony at Fort Lee, to name a new Command Sgt. Major for the 94th Training Division. Command Sgt. Major Sharon Campbell is the first woman to hold the position in the 94th’s long and distinguished history, a job she never dreamed she’d fill.

The Command Sergeant Major is the primary advisor to the commander, setting the standard for enlisted soldiers.

Campbell will be responsible for their performance, training, appearance, and conduct.

Coalition Urges Richmond to Implement Riverfront Plan

The James River Association, Sportsbackers, and a half-dozen other organizations are urging Richmond City Council to increase funding for the Richmond Riverfront Plan.

The coalition of organizations wants council to appropriate an additional $1.8 million to continue implementation of the plan, including completion of the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge that includes a universally accessible pathway for people with disabilities, pedestrians, and bicycles.

Public Reaction to Plan to Close Vernon Johns Junior High

Petersburg interim school superintendent Linda Shifflette’s proposal to close Vernon Johns Junior High School drew about 80 people to a meeting with members of the school board last night (3/16).

The plan would move eighth graders to Peabody Middle School and ninth graders to Petersburg High School. Administrative offices and alternative and gifted programs would move to the Vernon Johns building.

According to the Times-Dispatch speakers last night called it a “knee jerk response to a money problem” and expressed concerns about the safety of younger children.

Science Matters: Oyster Shell Recycling Program Adds Drop Off Sites

The Virginia Oyster Shell Recycling Program at the VCU Rice Rivers Center is partnering with oyster sellers to make it easier for people to drop of shells and help restore oyster habitats, starting this weekend.

Hampton’s Sam Rust Seafood and North Carolina’s Harris Teeter’s 17 Virginia locations will offer public drop off sites.

Todd Janeski is director the program. He said to search online for “Virginia Oyster Shell Recycling Program” to learn more.

Solar Grid Public-Private Partnership Announced

Dominion Virginia Power, Microsoft, and the Commonwealth announced an innovative partnership this morning (3/16) that will add 20 mega watts of solar energy to the grid in Virginia.

The facility, based in Fauquier County, will use 260,000 solar panels, will generate enough electricity at peak to power 5,000 homes.

Jim Eck is Dominion Virginia Power’s Vice President for Business Development.

The Virginia Festival of the Book in Charlottesville

The Virginia Festival of the Book is underway in Charlottesville through Sunday.

This is the 22nd year for the five day festival that’s held all over downtown Charlottesville and Albemarle.

Jane Kulow is director of the festival that includes over 400 authors.

This year panel topics include drones, pandemics, science and black holes and the impact of immigration on society. Go online to for details.

IRS Reports $26 million Unclaimed Refunds in Virginia

With the federal tax filing deadline a little more than a month away, the IRS is reporting a large number of Virginians may not be aware they are entitled to an unclaimed refund. We’re talking $26 million due to people who never filed their 2012 tax return.

Mark Green at the IRS said these are part time workers and retired people.

There is no penalty.