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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

Richmond to Williamsburg Bike Trail Completed

These days bicycles are getting a lot of attention in this area and now comes word that a new bike path connecting Richmond to Williamsburg and Jamestown has been completed.

The 52 mile Virginia Capital Trail began ten years ago with a price tag of $75 million. All but $5.5 million of that was federal money, the rest came from localities and the state.

The pedal path follows Route 5, and officials are hoping there’ll be a big return on the investment for local people and business.

Son of Former Virginia Senator Dies After Shooting and Abuction

The 36 year old son of former state Sen. Edward Houck took his life this morning (9/22) after shooting his estranged wife’s boyfriend to death.

Todd Houck, authorities say, confronted his estranged wife and 36 year old Jeremy Gift at a motel in Bowling Green around 8:00 a.m. this morning.

Houck shot Gift and then abducted his 34 year old wife, heading north on I-95.

Caroline deputies saw his SUV leave the motel and chased him. State Police took over on the interstate.

UVa Requesting $140 Million

The University of Virginia’s Board of Visitors has approved a request for $140 million in additional state funding over the next two fiscal years.

The request includes $90 million in operational funds and $50 million in capital funds.

UVa’s Vice President for Management and Budget notes that no financial aid or faculty salaries are included.

About $13 million, Colette Sheey said, will go toward improving the university’s information technology security and UVa also hopes to get $21.5 million to renovate a medical research building.

State Tropper Dies In Crash

A Virginia State Trooper died after a crash this morning (9/21) in Prince George County. The trooper was on the way to what turned out to be a fatal wreck in Dinwiddie on Route 460 around 7:20 a.m.

Corrine Geller, Virginia State Police, added that the Richmond Division Crash Reconstruction Team continues its investigation into the crash.

The wreck on 460 involved a Dodge Ram pickup that ran off the right side of the road and hit the guardrail just after 7:00 a.m. The driver died at the Southside Regional Medical Center.

DMV Outlines Bicycle Road Rules

Through Sunday (9/27), drivers in Richmond and environs are interacting with cyclists as the UCI Road World Championship rolls along. The DMV figured this would be a good time to remind drivers to share the road.

Brandy Brubaker at DMV outlined Virginia’s rules of the road regarding bicycles. The law changed this year to permit drivers passing a bicycle to cross a double yellow line.

Mecklenburg County Tourism Director Resigns

Mecklenburg County is losing its first ever tourism director next month.

Justin Kerns will take over as the Executive Director of the Winchester-Frederick County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau next month (October 2015).

According to the Mecklenburg Sun, he instituted a branding strategy that emphasizes the natural beauty, history and culture of the lake region.

He helped create the award winning Southern Virginia Wild Blueway last year with Halifax County. The kayak and canoe passage helps market recreational opportunities on the area’s rivers and lakes.

Sites for Tri Cities Multimodal Station

The number of potential sites for a regional multimodal passenger station to connect the Tri-Cities to Charlotte, Raleigh, and Washington, D.C. is down to four.

The locations were discussed at a public meeting yesterday (9/16), sponsored by the consulting agency for the project.

Two are in Colonial Heights, one on the Boulevard, and the other at Branders Bridge.

Another is the Amtrak Station in Ettrick and the fourth is at Collier Yard in Petersburg.