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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

Ashland Council Meet with Developer on Wawa Project

The developer proposing to build a Wawa convenience store and gas station on just under two acres where England Street meets Route 1 in Ashland had a second meeting with the town council last night.

Town Council member Cathy Abbott said changes had been made since the first meeting with the Midlothian based Rebkee Company.

The Ashland Planning Commission will host a public hearing on the Wawa proposal next Wednesday night.

Richmond Providing Biodegradable Bags for Leaf Collection

The Richmond Department of Public Works is providing biodegradable bags in advance of leaf collections. The department’s Sharon North said the bag give-away is set for Sunday (12/11) from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Byrd Park Roundhouse on Westover Road. She noted that the city does have a vacuum service.

Richmond has begun neighborhood leaf clean-ups. As many as 50 bags per household are permitted, and they pick up all types of bags, not just bio-degradable

VCU Study Finds Resilience Reduces Alcohol Disorder Risk

A study by VCU researchers finds that resilience reduces the risk considerably for developing alcohol use disorders.

Elizabeth Long, is a 4th year Ph.d. student in Psychiatric, Behavioral and Statistical Genetics. She said studying protective factors rather than just what makes people at risk for something can inform prevention studies.

Resilience, in the context of the study, was defined as the ability to thrive despite adversity.

The study was done in conjunction with Lund University in Sweden.

Virginia529 Enrollment Period Begins, Tax Deduction Available

The enrollment for a Virginia529 prePaid account has begun. There is a tax advantage.

CEO Mary Morris explained that the enrollment period, open through March 31st, is timed to coincide with the holiday season and the deadline for 2016 Virginia state taxes.

The first payment on a new account, she said, isn’t due until May 1st, but payments made this year will qualify for a 2016 deduction.

Up to $4,000 per account per year may be deducted for state income taxes.

Developers Propose Residential Tower on Grace Street

City Center LLC has presented a plan, involving three developers, to build an $86 million residential tower across from the Carpenter Center on Grace Street. City Center LLC is a partnership that includes CathFord Consulting, Price Studios, and Taylor and Parrish Construction

CathFord’s Robert Englander Jr. explained what they have in mind. The ground floor, he said, will be retail space.

The partnership is asking for approval to buy the property for $3.95 million. The planning commission unanimously recommended approval of the sale yesterday (12/5).

Quill Theatre and VHS Commemorate Pearl Harbor

The Virginia Historical Society and Quill Theatre have collaborated to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor that thrust the United States into World War II. It is a multi media historical reading that uses the extraordinary experiences of ordinary people in Hawaii and in Virginia.

Quill’s Malissa Johnston Price researched, wrote, and directed the piece. She chose the six actors who said they were often overcome with emotion as they worked to bring the words of survivors to life.

Town Hall at Varina High to Discuss Struggling Schools

Seven schools from Henrico County have been denied state accreditation for the first time in the divisions history. Tonight at 6:30 at Varina High School county and school officials will talk about that at a Town Hall meeting.

Henrico school’s Andy Jenks said the number one hope is for a productive dialogue with the public.

Several principals, he said, will be part of the discussion.

Congress Set to Approve Expansion of Petersburg Battlefield

In the few days, Congress is expected to approve legislation that will add 7,000 acres to the Petersburg National Battefield Park. It will become the largest Civil War battlefield in the country.

Battlefield Supt. Lewis Rogers said the park is currently 2,500. acres.

The additional land includes the sites of 18 major battles. and will be helpful in telling the story of the longest siege in U.S. history, and all who fought on there on both sides, including 16,000 U.S. Colored Troops.

Dominion Expanding Solar Energy Collaboration with Amazon

Dominion has announced a major expansion of its solar alliance with Amazon Web Services, Inc. as that company moves toward its goal of 50% renewable energy by next year.

Dominion’s Ryan Frazier said the first solar farm project with Amazon, in Accomack County, was completed in late October and at 80 megawatts, is the currently the largest in the mid-Atlantic region.

Amazon’s Peter DeSantis said AWS isn’t finished. The ultimate goal is 100% renewable energy.

Don’t Forget Pets During Holiday Season

The holiday season is upon us. It’s a time to celebrate with family and friends, but don’t forget the health and safety of your pets.

Make sure doors aren’t left open during the excitement of a party.

Dr. Christopher Patterson is one of the veterinarians at the Three Chopt Animal Clinic in Henrico. One of the first things to consider is what your cat or dog may eat. He pointed out that while we need to be aware of what our animals are eating, it’s also important to choose decorations with them in mind.