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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

Lancaster County Attorney to Attend SCC Hearing

Lancaster Supervisors have voted unanimously to send the county attorney to a hearing November 17th on plans to build transmission towers across the Rappahannock. The supervisors did not, however, make a financial commitment that tower opponents wanted.

William Barnhardt, the owner of Willaby’s Café and Catering, which overlooks the river, filed a lawsuit to block construction and wanted the county to fund part of the $50,000 cost. He claims the State Corporation Commission must approve the towers, Dominion says it’s not the their jurisdiction.

VCU and Reynolds Community College Create A Bridge

Virginia Commonwealth University and J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College have signed a deal that will allow Reynolds students who earn an associate’s degree to transfer to VCU for a bachelor’s degree in social work.

The Reynolds students will be able to complete their bachelor’s degree at the VCU School of Social Work in four semesters.

VCU also offers a peer mentoring program and has the same agreement with John Tyler Community College.

Jobless Rate Down Again in Mecklenburg County

The unemployment rate in Mecklenburg County for September dropped to 5.7%.

The rate marks a seven year low for the county and September was the third month in a row that it’s declined.

According to Virginia Employment Commission data, over the past three months the number of people working in the Mecklenburg dropped by 105 over the three month period.

In September 87 people left the civilians labor force. Neighboring Lunenburg County lost 43 workers and 28 jobs but still has one of the best unemployment rate in the area, 4.9%, identical to the national rate.

Mecklenburg Supervisors Approve Microsoft Water Tank Farm

The Mecklenburg County Board of Supervisors has approved a deal with Microsoft to build a water tank farm on some two and a half acres the county owns on Ridge Road.

Microsoft needs additional water capacity for cooling and fire safety and County Administrator Wayne Carter said the company is working with Mecklenburg to direct Governor’s Opportunity Fund and Tobacco Region Opportunity Funding to the project, noting “they could have spent the money on their buildings but instead they’re giving it back to the county.”

Ashcraft Wins Election to Prince George School Board

Eighteen year old Reeve Ashcraft has been elected to the Prince George County School Board.

Ashcraft thanked the voters for listening to what he had to offer.

He believes his age is a plus, given his recent experience as a student.

Ashcraft was accepted at both Virginia Tech and Christopher Newport but decided he would go to Richard Bland College and run for the school board.

Richmond Spent $1.7 Million on Bike Race Overtime

The City of Richmond spent $1.7 million in overtime pay for city employees during the UCI Road World Championship bike event.

Police personnel were paid $1.3 million of that, about $232,000 more that budgeted.

At the same time, overtime for fire and emergency service came in about $50,000 under budget at $110,000.

The rest went to public works and utilities departments.

Data released by the city shows just under $6 million spent on infrastructure, noting that was “related but not exclusive to” the event. Infrastructure work exclusive to it was $36,000.

Doctor’s License Suspended Over Oxycodone Prescriptions

The medical license of Dr. Kyle Compton has been suspended pending a hearing early next month.

The Virginia Board of Medicine took action on charges that between January of 2014 and May of this year, Compton sold prescriptions for oxycodone for $50 and wrote multiple prescriptions for eight people he wasn’t treating as “part of an unlawful scheme to illegally obtain/sell and/or distribute controlled substances.”

Henrico Center for the Arts Celebrates 25 Years

The Henrico Center for the Arts is celebrating its 25th anniversary this weekend.

It began as pilot program at Henrico High School where, in addition to their regular curriculum.

Dr. Stephanie Poxon is director of the CFA. At present, there’s some major construction going on.

Graduate Rayvon Owen, an American Idol finalist, will be one of the hosts for a cocktail party Friday night (11/6) at the Lewis Ginter Recreation Association and perform two fund raiser concerts on Saturday (11/7).