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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

Midlothian Man Arrested in Lancaster County

A Midlothian man has been jailed in connection with an altercation at the same Lancaster County bar where he was seen with a woman who’s been missing since July 6th. 53 year old James Kessler, who also has a White Stone address, is charged with felony aggravated malicious wounding. Kessler was the last person seen with 44 year old Claudine Gifford who is still the object of a missing person investigation.

Wreck Closes I-95 in Chesterfield for Hours

A collision just after six yesterday morning closed all of the southbound lanes and two northbound lanes of I-95 south of Woods Edge Road in Chesterfield County well into yesterday afternoon. State Police say a Jeep was heading south on the wet interstate when the accident occurred. 52 year old Elijah Dixon, the driver of the Jeep, has been charged with reckless driving. He is from New Jersey.

Washington Redskins Training Camp Opens in Richmond

Thousands of football fans are descending on Richmond. This morning just after 8:30 a.m., the fans will be ready for the Redskins and their new head coach to take the field for the team’s first practice session. Coach Jay Gruden is well known for his offenses.

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots will be in town for three days of scrimmage starting August 5th.

Coach Gruden was asked about his own quarterback, Robert Griffin III, and what he needs between now and the first game of the season. The Skins will be in Richmond through the 12th of next month.

Faster Broadband Comes to Southern Virginia

In line with the timetable set when it was given a federal grant for internet connectivity, Buggs Island Telephone Cooperative has introduced its new wireless broadband services. Customers in Amelia, Brunswick, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, and Nottoway counties will be able to get 4G LTE services Buggs Island Telephone calls “Bonfire.” The service is available now for some people, new towers are going up and by the middle of next month more rural homes will be able to sign on too.

Lancaster County Committee Will Study Boat Tax Issue

Lancaster supervisors have set up a committee to study the county’s boat tax and make recommendations to the board. The committee includes two men in the boat business, Bruce Saunders from Rappahannock Yachts and Clay Holcomb from Chesapeake Boat Basin. They’re joined by former county administrator Bill Pennell and Jack Larson, former county finance director. Lancaster’s Commissioner of the Revenue did a comparison of boat tax rates in surrounding counties. Sonny Thomas told the board its hard to compare one county to the other because of the variety of assessment rules.

Investigators Looking for Four Men in Lancaster Disappearance

Lancaster County Sheriff’s Department investigators are asking four men who were seen with Claudine Gifford the night she disappeared to call them. Gifford has been the object of a search by law enforcement and volunteers but there has been no sign of her since the night of July 6th. Investigators want talk to four men who helped Gifford get into a silver, four door SUV on Windjammer Lane, near the Tiki Bar at Windmill Point that night. Lt. E.T. Self, who’s leading the investigation has asked the four to call 462-5111.

Colonial Heights Hires Economic Development Director

Colonial Heights has hired its first Director of Economic Development. Karen Epps has been spending her time introducing herself to her colleagues in city government and getting to know business owners in Colonial Heights. Epps said the response continues to energize her. She said another important step in creating the strategic plan is filling vacant positions on the Colonial Heights Economic Authority.

Community Meeting Addressed Essex County School Issues

There was a big turnout for a community meeting Tuesday night to ask questions about the Essex County school system. More than 70 people were at the First Baptist Church in Tappahannock. They expressed concerns about, among other things, transportation policy, high employee turnover, teachers moving from school to school, and communication between teachers and the school administration. According to the Northern Neck News, others commented on classroom behavior and allegations of the bullying of both students and teachers.

School Repairs in Mecklenburg Top $2 Million

Mecklenburg County schools need money for pressing repairs and that could delay a new high school. There was a meeting early this month of the Mecklenburg’s Joint Education Committee, made up of supervisors and school board members. They talked about the cost of a new chiller for South Hill Elementary and boilers and bleachers for Bluestone High and Park View Middle. County Administrator Wayne Carter said the school facilities fund has just under $3 million available for repairs and upgrades.

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