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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

Sweet Leaf Tea Recalls 16 Ounce Bottled Products

If the unseasonable weather includes bottled ice tea, be aware that some Sweet Leaf Tea products have been recalled. The Sweet Leaf Tea Company, based in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, ordered its 16 ounce bottled tea products pulled from Martin’s Food Markets and Giant Food Store shelves. There could be glass fragments in the bottles.

Customers who bought the Sweet Leaf original, raspberry, half and half lemonade, tea with citrus, peach tea, and mint and honey tea can return them, with their sales receipt, for a full refund.

Jobless Rate Up in Mecklenburg County

For three months the jobless rate in Mecklenburg County showed moderate improvement but not in October. The Virginia Employment Commission’s report indicated a rise from 5.7% in September to 5.9% in October.

Nationwide, the October jobs reports showed their largest improvement this year. Hiring increased dramatically, unemployment was down and wages were up.

Not the case in Mecklenburg. Nine new people filed for unemployment, 216 jobs were lost, and the number of available workers dropped by 207.

Certification of the “Greenest” Counties in Virginia

The Virginia Association of Counties has announced its 2015 Go Green Awards.

The Go Green Virginia program began with the Virginia Municipal League in 2007, the association of counties partnered in 2009.

Larry Land is director of policy development at the association. He said a 300 point scorecard is used to judge the friendly competition. They join Albemarle, Arlington, and James City Counties as the Greenest in Virginia.

Warren Station is Gas Fired Project of the Year

Dominion Virginia Power’s new power station in Warren County has been named Gas Fired Project of the Year. The editors of Power Engineering and Renewable Energy World magazines chose the Dominion plant over eight other finalists.

The station came on line a year ago. There are about 40 full time employees at the Warren County Power Station.

Langley Chosen for Air Force Cyber Operations Squadron

The Air National Guard has chosen Joint Base Langley-Eustis for an Air Force Cyber Operations Squadron.

Virginia’s congressional delegation on both sides of the aisle had advocated to locate the cyber facility there since December of last year. They issued a joint statement this morning (12/9) saying they’re pleased that’s happened noting the decision is a “testament to Virginia’s strong record in cyber capabilities” with top research institutions and a highly skilled workforce.

Virginia State Bar Essay Contest

Each year, The Virginia State Bar sponsors an Essay Contest. This year’s topic explores a school’s right to access students’ secrets.

The students will write 750 to 1000 words on a hypothetical situation in which a test is stolen and the school coerced a student into surrendering a cell phone to find out who got it.

The Bar’s Gordon Hickey noted that the essay’s are judged by lawyers on how well students demonstrate their understanding of the role and value of the legal system in everyday life and offers nearly $7,000 in prize money.

Dominion Says Coal Ash Pond Draining Won’t Foul River

Dominion Virginia Power says its plan to drain a coal ash pond into the James River has been mischaracterized.

The company plans to close its coal ash ponds at four power plants starting with the Bremo Power Station on the James in Fluvanna.

River advocates claim Department of Environmental Quality permitting is too lax.

Dominion’s Dan Genest said no coal ash will be dumped and two water treatment facilities would be constructed at Bremo.

Understanding Chronic Subdural Hematoma

The Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church, The Most Reverend Michael Curry, underwent surgery yesterday (12/8) at the VCU Medical Center.

Dr. Alex Valadka chairs the neurology department. The problem is, he said, very common. The cause, in most cases, is a bump on the head, often so minor patients don’t remember it.

Patients are monitored in the ICU for a couple of days after surgery. The goal, he said, is to get them home as soon as possible.