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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

Fort Lee Transportation Company Adopts a Middle School

The 2nd Staff and Faculty Company, 71st Transportation Battalion, at Fort Lee has officially adopted J.E.J Moore Middle School in Prince George County. Sgt. 1st Class Randall Reed said the Adopt a School program is a way for the community to get to know the military and vice versa.

He said they’ll be starting small. Twenty-five soldiers will greet students as they get off of their buses on the second Wednesday of each month.

Moore Middle is the fifth school adopted by the unit. Others have expressed interest in Fort Lee’s Adopt-A-School program.

Ashland Planning Commission Has Questions for Developer

The Ashland Planning Commission approved two projects last night but still had questions about plans for a WaWa proposed by the Rebkee Company at England Street and Route 1. That proposal was deferred.

Garet Prior is Ashland’s senior planner. He said traffic and design concerns were discussed.

The Rebkee Company’s proposal will be discussed at the commission’s January meeting.

Richmond Friends of the Homeless Feed Police

Richmond Friends of the Homeless feeds some 3,300 people every week. Las night (12/13), they served a special meal at the Broomfield Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.

The group has three locations in the city. Founder Shawnee Hansen said they invited special guests last night. The goal, she said, was show appreciation and give people a chance to get to know each other on a different level.

There were conversations over dinner and officers joined in afterward.

Hospital and Healthcare Association Outlines Legislative Agenda

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association outlines its bi-partisan Behavioral Health Legislative Agenda earlier today.

Allison Land chairs the VHHA Behavioral Health Committee. She explained that the agenda addresses the availability of an evaluator within two hours for pre-admission screening evaluations.

They also looked at identifying inpatient beds through a data base and the timing of temporary commitment hearings.

There are also recommendations for funding to enhance services for psychiatric health needs.

Youth Soccer Club Implements Concussion Testing

Soccer is becoming more popular and FC Richmond, a youth soccer club, is working with Sheltering Arms to be proactive about concussion awareness.

Kris South is Director of Operations for FC Richmond. They have implemented baseline concussion testing that all 400 of their 8 to 18 year old athletes have completed.

That led to their relationship with Cristin Beazeley who heads the Sheltering Arms’ total concussion care program.

The Town of Ashland is United in Opposition to Third Rail

A proposal that would add a third rail through the Ashland has united people in opposition to what that would mean for the town.

Town Councilman Steve Trivett said if it comes down to adding the extra set of tracks or doing without rail service, Ashland will survive. He said last week’s recommendation by The State Department of Rail and Public Transportation that more time be taken to study the best route is a short term victory.

Cristo Rey Richmond High School to Serve Disadvantaged Youth

A group is working now to establish a unique type of Catholic high school in Richmond.

Alexa Quinn is chair of the Cristo Rey Richmond High School initiative. The school will be Catholic, she said, but open to all.

There are 32 Cristo Rey schools nationwide with quite a record.

The goal is to open in the Fall of 2018 either in Manchester or the East End of Richmond.

Ashland Council Favors High Speed Trains But Not Third Rail

Town Council has been vocal in letting state and federal rail officials know they do not want a third set of tracks to run through Ashland for high speed rail service.

Councilwoman Kathy Abbot said they are encouraged by last week’s recommendation by the state Department of Rail and Public transportation to continue to study the route.

Mayor Jim Foley said it’s not time for a celebration. Councilman Steven Trivett agrees.