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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

8 Localities Eligible for Federal Flood Loans

Small businesses, agriculture cooperatives and nonprofit organizations in 8 localities in Southside Virginia are eligible for federal disaster loans.

The US Small Business Administration says the loans to cover losses from recent flooding are available in Mecklenburg, Brunswick, Greensville, Halifax, Pittsylvania and Southampton counties and in the cities of Danville and Suffolk.

The loan amount can be up to $2 million and they have an interest rate of 2.6% for private non-profits, and 4% for small businesses, with terms of up to 30 years.

Federal Judge Rules Coal Ash Lawsuit May Continue

U.S. District Judge Raymond Jackson has turned down Dominion Virginia Power’s request to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Sierra Club.

The suit alleges that coal ash ponds at the site of a former Dominion power plant in Chesapeake are leaking arsenic and other contaminants into groundwater and the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River.

The suit demands the removal of the coal ash.

Dominion’s Dan Genest said the decision is not a ruling that on the merits of Dominion’s case or the Sierra Clubs claim.

Slow College Enrollment Growth Projected in Virignia

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, SHEV, has released projected enrollment data from two and four year public colleges and universities.  

Both four and two year public institutions expect a 5% enrollment increase by the 2021-22 academic year.

If the projected numbers are on the mark, the state would see 11% overall enrollment growth by 2021.

Dominion Virginia Power Files to Renew Surry Power Station

Dominion Virginia Power has notified the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that it will file a second license renewal application for the Surry Power Station.

Like all nuclear plants, Surry was originally licensed for 40 years and in 2003 applied for and received a 20 year extension.

Surry provides power to more than 400,000 homes.

DMV Adds Interactive Map of High Crash Areas

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles has added a new interactive map to its website that pinpoints high crash areas.

The map gives drivers a lot of information that could be especially useful to people just moving into the state or teenagers just learning to drive.

The interactive system provides the opportunity to create a personalized crash data report. The map is on line at

Today is the Last Day for Biosold Comments in Goochland

Time has just about run out for people who want to let the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality know how they feel about spreading bio solids on fields in Goochland County.

Today (11/9) is the deadline for comments, so response options are now limited to e-mail or FAX.

Synagro Central LLC, a water recycling firm based in Maryland, has made application for a permit to apply bio solids to 307 acres.

Virginia based NutriBlend, Inc. has applied for a permit for just under 1,600 acres.

Historic Marker For Petersburg’s People’s Memorial Cemetery

In Petersburg on Sunday (11/8), there’ll be a ceremony to dedicate a state historical marker at the city’s Peoples Memorial Cemetery.

In 1840, 28 members of Petersburg’s large community of free African-Americans bought an acre of land. Over the years, more land was added.

A shuttle will be available at the Petersburg Public Library beginning at 1:15 p.m. Sunday to carry people to the unveiling of the historic marker.

Soldier Battles Cancer, Returns to Training

In May last year, PFC. Zachary Anderson was training with the 244th Quartermaster Battalion at Fort Lee. The last thing he remembers is standing in formation. Then, he passed out. When the 20 year old soldier came to, he saw a paramedic and his platoon sergeant looking at him. He was taken to the Kenner Army Health Clinic.

He and his Army buddies had planned to go to Busch Gardens. If he’d done that, the G-forces of the thrill rides could have been fatal.

New Guns for Goochland Deputies

Goochland Supervisors have approved spending drug asset forfeiture money to replace the side arm carried by county sheriff’s deputies.

The guns they’ve used for the past ten years, Sheriff Jim Agnew said, have begun to have problems. Since last spring, he explained, they’ve tested nearly 20 possible replacements, deciding on the Sig Sauer P-320.