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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

Predawn Fire Destroys Historic Chesterfield Church

Fire destroyed the century old Centenary Methodist Church in rural western Chesterfield early yesterday (11/13). When the first Chesterfield firefighters arrived, just after 4:00 a.m., the building was fully engulfed.

Chesterfield Fire Lt. Jason Elmore noted there are no fire hydrants in the area so in addition to four engines and a ladder truck, water tanker trucks were dispatched. “Three of ours and one from Amelia County Fire Department in order to bring water to the scene.”

Richmond County Votes to Ban Fracking

In Richmond County, 50 miles southeast of Fredericksburg, supervisors have voted to ban any kind of oil or gas drilling. The Rappahannock River borders the county.

Supervisor Chair F. Lee Sanders said the issue of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has been under discussion for quite a while. “This has been going on, been back and forth, for several years as to how to handle fracking in the county. The driving force water quality and protecting our drinking water.”

ABC Pre-Thanksgiving Sale is a First

For the first time ever, the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is having a pre-Thanksgiving sale. It started yesterday (11/13) and runs through tomorrow (11/15).

The state agency’s Valerie Hubbard explained that they call it Door Buster Days. “Discounts of 15 to 20% of ten select one and three quarter liter size products while supplies last. Customers and licensees can get three bottles, per product, each day.”

And, she said, on Black Friday, ABC stores will be offering 15% off on sales from $75 to $99.99 and 20% over $100.

Richmond Grocery Stores Have Delivery Partners

Shopping for groceries can be a challenge for busy people but now, all of the major chains in the Richmond area have partnered with home delivery services who shop for you for a yearly fee. There is, as they say, an app for that.

Julie Coop is with Shipt they shop Kroger stores and say they’ll be adding others. “You can shop on your smart phone, on your tablet, on your computer and you add items to your cart. Once you have that membership, that gets you unlimited deliveries for 365 days.”

Spring Meadow Homeowners Protest Land Use Change Proposal

Hanover County is in the process of updating its comprehensive plan, they do that every five years, and the planning commission has heard loud and clear from people living in the Spring Meadow subdivision in Mechanicsville about a proposed land use change.

The proposal would change the land use designation in the area from suburban general to multi-use. Randy Whittaker, is the Mechancisville District planning commissioner. “They think that developers would probably swarm in and buy the area up and they would all have to move away and lose their home.”

Virginia Officials Recommend High Speed Rail Option for Ashland

The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation is recommending what is called the 3-2-3 option for high speed rail service through Ashland.

Mayor Jim Foley told WCVE the town is pleased that the department didn’t recommend a third rail through town or a trench. “We still have some concerns with the long term 3-2-3 decision. Our fear is that this just kicks the can down the road, delays the decision for 20 years and then we will ultimately have that third rail.”

Cong. Dave Brat Says Democrats Nationalized Virginia Election

Virginia 7th District Republican Congressman Dave Brat says Democrats nationalized Tuesday’s election in the Commonwealth. Republicans, he said, failed to do that and it hurt them.

Brat told 88.9 WCVE his party ran on good, rational state level policy but, “The number one issue was health care and people are getting 40% increases from Obamacare and we have not explained that to the voters.”

Columbia Gas of Virginia Expanding East in Goochland County

Columbia Gas of Virginia is beginning construction to expand its service into the eastern end of Goochland County.

Columbia’s Kristine Johnson says construction is underway to serve the West Broad Street corridor and surrounding areas. “We have one customer right now that we are extending the line for but there’s a lot of potential customers in the area hotels, restaurants, a hospital, there’s a lot of residential development out in that area and we definitely want to be able to serve all of that.”