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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

Mecklenburg Boasts Highest SAT Scores In Region

The average SAT score for students in Mecklenburg County’s Class of 2015 was the highest overall in Region 8.

Mecklenburg seniors had an average total score of 1363. Their mean score for critical reading was 465; math 447; and writing, 451.

The national average was 489 in reading, 498 in math and 475 in writing.

146 Park View High School students did especially well with an average score of 1420, just below the state average of 1523.

Nationally, achievement declined in all three subject areas.

Fort Lee Holds First SHARP Summit

The first SHARP Summit at Fort Lee was an unfiltered and frequently harsh look at sexual misconduct in the military.

The Summit included presentations by a criminal investigator, a forensic examiner, the lead staff judge advocate for CASCOM, and a behavioral science professor.

In his remarks, the commanding officer, Maj. Gen. Darrell Williams, made it clear how he feels about sexual harassment and assault saying, “We are not going to ignore this or allow it to happen in our formations. It has no place in our ranks.”

Mecklenburg Teacher Pay Among Lowest In Region 8

The salaries paid to teachers in Mecklenburg County are among the lowest of Region 8 school divisions in southern and central Virginia.

A new study by the Virginia Dept. of Education and the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at UVa, finds that among twelve Region 8 school systems in southern and central Virginia, Mecklenburg is number 7 in teacher pay for the first 20 years of work.

The study compares salaries adjusted for the taxes paid.

Daniel Radcliffe Filming New Movie In Hopewell

Hopewell is the location for a new feature length film starring Daniel Radcliffe. Filming begins on Sunday (9/13).

Imperium is the true story of an FBI agent, played by Radcliffe, who goes undercover to upset the plans of a local terrorist group to create a dirty bomb.

There are 15 locations around Hopewell where most of the film will be shot. The producers are looking for two to three hundred local actors as extras for the picture.

State Leaders Unite To Fight Uranium Mining

Governor Terry McAuliffe, Secretary of Commerce Maurice Jones, and members of the Dept. of Mines, Minerals, and Energy, want US District Judge Jackson Kizer to dismiss a lawsuit that would overturn Virginia’s moratorium on uranium mining.

That ban has been in place for 33 years and plaintiffs claim that it tramples their legal and property rights and that the Commonwealth overstepped its bounds declaring it, usurping a federal government responsibility.

VCU Offers Entrepreneurs New Area

Come next month, student entrepreneurs at VCU will be getting a new co-working office space in the University Student Commons, an on campus spot to launch and grow their startups.

It will be called Founder’s Corner.

Dominic Costanzo is program manager for VCU Innovation Gateway ..designed to foster a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship:
Founder’s Corner is part of Venture Creation University or VCU Squared.

566 Denied Entry To Fort Lee

In June, we reported on changes at the entry gate to Fort Lee that require a background check. 566 people have been denied entry.

Anyone wanting unescorted access to the post who doesn’t have a DOD common access card, or a retiree or dependent ID card is required to go through a National Crime Information Center Interstate Identification Index background check.

Right now, Maj. Joe Tull, the Fort Lee Provost Marshal, said, access is denied to those with one felony conviction in the last ten years or three misdemeanors in the past five years.

Mecklenburg Unemployment Continues To Fall

Mecklenburg County’s unemployment rate keeps falling, down again last month from 6.8 to 6.7%.

The decline, however, has less to do with an expanding job market than a shrinking work force.

The number of people who are either working or looking for work indicates 300 jobs were lost from June to July and 388 people exited the work force.

According to the Virginia Employment Commission, neighboring Lunenburg County’s jobless rate jumped from 5.7% to 6% while the labor force expanded by 12 workers as available jobs fell by 7.

Two Redskins Players Inducted Into "Ring of Fame"

The NFL season is about to get underway and in Washington, two players from the days when the Redskins were always contenders, will be inducted into the teams’ Ring of Fame.

Jeff Bostic and Monte Coleman played on all three of Washington’s Superbowl winning teams. Bostic was part of the “Hogs” offensive line in the late 80s and early 90s. He played 184 games at center.

Bostic will be inducted in October when the Skins play Tampa Bay. A linebacker, Coleman played 217 games. That places him second in franchise history behind Darrell Green.

VCU Lecture Series Considers Racial Justice

This evening (9/3), VCU offers the first in a series of events considering the country’s ongoing journey toward racial justice.

The series will offer six speakers during the Fall semester.

The first speaker, Cornel West, will appear tonight at 6:00 at the Siegel Center. He is the author of 19 books including Race Matters, Democracy Matters, and Black Prophetic Fire.