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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

Graduation Rates Up

The State Dept. of Education has released new data on graduation rates in Virginia and the news is good.

Nine out of ten students who entered ninth grade in 2011 earned a diploma within four years and more than half graduated from high school with an Advance Studies Diploma.

Charles Pyle, at the Department Of Education, noted the drop out rate for the class of 2015 was down two tenths of a point from the class of 2014.

Nexstar Broadcasting Wants to Buy Media General

The Texas based Nexstar Broadcasting Group is offering to buy Richmond based Media General, Inc. for $4.1 billion and create the second largest TV station operator in the country.

Media General reached agreement earlier this month to buy Meredith Corporation for $3.1 billion. That move would create the industry’s number three TV operator. Right now MG owns 71 stations.

Petersburg Police Focusing on Violence Prevention

Petersburg Police are investigating three shootings in the city that have resulted in three deaths and one wounding over two days.

Concerns have been voiced about a recent uptick in violence but the Police Department’s Esther Hyatt says calling it a crime spree stretches the definition.

It helps police, she added, if those with information about any crime call police or Crime Solvers.

A Meeting – But No Resolution on Power Towers

State Sen. Ryan McDougle met this week with the parties involved in the ongoing dispute over Dominion Power’s plan to move power lines from the Norris Bridge and erect ten steel towers just east of it.

McDougle met in closed session with Dominion, VDOT, Lancaster and Middlesex county representatives. They considered a number of questions, about the condition of the bridge, the environmental impact of towers on oyster beds, the appearance of the towers and whether there is a temporary solution for Dominion until bridge issues can be resolved.

The Largest Drug Roundup in Louisa History

The largest drug roundup in Louisa history began yesterday (9/24) and is still going on. The Louisa County Narcotics Task Force, a partnership with Virginia State Police, had deputies and troopers moving bright and early.

Maj. Donny Lowe, Louisa’s Chief Deputy, said as of noon today (9/25) 33 arrests have been made, he added that there were no incidents and no force was used in any of those arrests.

The task force continues to work to locate and arrest the other individuals named in the indictments.

Environmental Groups Focus on Yorktown Oil Terminal

The Sierra Club and the Center for Biological Diversity are taking action in connection to the permit issued for the Yorktown oil terminal.

The Yorktown terminal is the destination for trains carrying crude oil from the Bakken shale fields in North Dakota.

Catherine Kilduff is a staff attorney for the Center. She notes that more than 100 tanker cars have been linked to 11 explosions, including those in downtown Lynchburg and Mt. Carbon, West Virginia, over the past three years.

Northumberland School Board Says No to Pre K Program

The Northumberland County School Board has decided not to go forward with a program intended to prepare at risk 3 year olds for kindergarten.

The Kids First Foundation offered the school district a $225,000 grant to help pay for classes for 12 children from what it calls “generational poverty” to learn skills that would, the Foundation said, “level the playing field” with other children as they begin school.

Tom Kinney, the group’s president, said they have had “enormous success” with the Lancaster Primary School, which now has two classes.