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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

Gravel Road Speed Limit Dropping to 35 in Virginia

The speed limit on gravel roads in Virginia is dropping to 35 miles per hour on the first of next month. The bill, introduced by Delegate Scott Garrett of Lynchburg, didn’t get much attention but it passed unanimously in the house. 15 Senators voted no. Most of the counties in Southside Virginia have the speed on unsurfaced roadways set at 55, unless otherwise posted. There is an exception made to the law if the VDOT Commissioner of Highways decides higher speeds are safe.

Battle of Cold Harbor Remembered

The first portion of the culmination of the National Park Service’s observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War battle of Cold Harbor is underway right now on the battlefield.

General Ulysses Grant’s army fired the first shots just as dawn was breaking. David Ruth Superintendent of the Richmond National Battlefield Park, said that assault is being observed where it happened, at the time it happened.

Lancaster County Supervisors Okay School Budget

On the Northern Neck, Lancaster County Supervisors have unanimously approved a school budget. The budget increase they okayed includes funding to extend the school year by two weeks. Acting School Supt.

Sandy Spears said that is critical to full accreditation efforts. The school system request totals just under $16 million dollars, that’s an increase of a little more than $300,000 over this year.

Centers Of Excellence Will Train for Manufacturing Jobs

The Southern Virginia Higher Education Center in South Boston will soon be the home of a Center of Excellence for advanced manufacturing. As part of efforts to rehabilitate the industrial base in Southside and Southwest Virginia, SVHEC, the New College Institute in Martinsville, and a yet to be named location in the southwest, have been awarded $2 million dollar start up grants from the Virginia Tobacco Commission.

Blueprint Virginia And The Future

The non-partisan Virginia Chamber of Commerce is very active at the General Assembly, not endorsing parties or candidates, but ideas. Virginia Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Barry DuVal says, in terms of job creation, Virginia must make workforce training a top priority.

Speaking to the Richmond Academy of Medicine, DuVal said new jobs go where there’s a workforce. DuVal introduced the group to Blueprint Virginia, a long term business strategy for the Commonwealth, developed by the Chamber, after canvassing over 7,000 businesses.

Ethanol Plant Operating in Hopewell

Ethanol is finally being produced in Hopewell at a plant that not long ago looked like it might never open. Vireol Bio Energy expects to produce 170 million gallons of ethanol in the next three years and buy more than $100 million worth of grain from Virginia farmers to do that.

Operations began last month and hiring is underway. Mark Haley is the Hopewell City Manager. The plant is beginning operations converting corn to ethanol. That has led to an often tense relationship with farmers who buy feed, but, Haley noted, other grains can be used.

Arlington Man Pleads Guilty to Computer Hacking

The President and CEO of Symplicity, a Virginia based software company, has entered a guilty plea to charges that he hacked into his competitors to give his company a leg up in development and sales strategy. 36 year old Ariel Friedler, from Arlington, admitted to conspiring to access a protected computer without authorization. He could be sent to prison for up to five years when he’s sentenced in August. Symplicity handles student disciplinary records management services for colleges and universities. Between 2007 and 2011, Friedler admitted to hacking into the systems of two companies.

Dominion Foundation Offers Environmental Program Grants

The Dominion Foundation is accepting applications for grants to organizations with environmental stewardship initiatives. May 30th is the deadline to apply for up to $25,000. to help support specific, short term projects that promise measurable results to improve the environment. Cindy Balderson, Dominion’s Director of Philanthropy, said applying isn’t complicated. She noted that they’re looking for programs that target one of five goals.