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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

DEQ Issues Draft Permit for Draining Chesterfield Coal Ash Pond

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has issued a draft permit to allow Dominion Virginia Power to drain the coal ash pond at its Chesterfield Power Station into the river. The James River Association is reviewing the permit.

The JRA says water treatment enhancement agreements reached with Dominion for the same work at its Bremo Power Station are included.

School Readiness Report Card Shows Gains and Needs

The 2016 School Readiness Report Card has been released by The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation. Looking at data collected for the past ten years, the report card shows significant improvement in nearly all key indicators.

The foundation's Director of Strategy, Karin Bowles, said the impact of poverty could threaten the gains evidenced in the other key indicators.

Analysis Finds Virginia’s Support for Low Income Students Lacking

The non profit Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis has released a report on Virginia’s support for students from low income families.

The report, Weighing Support for Virginia’s Students, finds that the Commonwealth lags significantly behind other states.

The Institute’s education analyst Chris Dencomb said many states are spending more than twice as much as Virginia.

Dominion Virginia’s Wind Demonstration Project Loses Funding

Dominion Virginia Power is assessing its options for a proposed offshore wind demonstration project after the Department of Energy withdrew funding. DOE pulled $40 million.

Dominion’s David Botkins said they will consult with other members of the Virginia Wind Technology Advancement Project, government, research, and community experts before deciding on next steps.

Virginia Launches RUOnlineVA? to Map Internet Access

The Governor launched RUOnlineVA? this week. It’s an effort to identify areas where there is no broadband internet access.

A survey will give individuals and businesses a chance to let the Commonwealth know if they can’t get online. Sec’y of Technology Karen Jackson said it’s easy, just log on to or call toll free 877-969-6675 and answer a few questions.

Goochland Supervisors Say Yes to Solar Farm

Early next year, the Charlottesville based Martin Solar Center will begin installation of Goochland’s first Photovoltaic Farm in the western part of the county. The solar farm will be located on 35 acres near Martin and Shannon Hill Roads.

The Central Virginia Electric Cooperative will buy the electricity generated.

Goochland Supervisors approved a conditional use permit.