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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

Petersburg Will Promote Pocahontas Island

Petersburg will promote Pocahontas Island’s unique heritage as an early free black community with promotional events and signs on interstates 85 an 95. City Manager William Johnson announced an initiative on Monday to promote the Island and Jarratt House, identified by Preservation Virginia as one of the Commonwealth’s most endangered historic sites saying, “We have an excellent opportunity to get down and make a plan for how to move the city forward.”

Dominion Grant to Help Expand Youth Mental Health Treatment

Dominion Resources is donating a quarter of a million dollars to a community program at the Virginia Treatment Center for Children in Richmond. Dominion’s Jannell Hancock said the funding will help address the disparity in treatment of outpatient mental health services for children and adolescents in south side and southwest Virginia. A General Assembly appropriation will allow VTCC to construct a new facility on Brook Road at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond. Executive Director Sandy Lewis said that will vastly improve family focused mental health services to children ages 3 to17.

VCU Police Recognized for Safety

As we reported last week, the VCU police department is the first public institution of higher learning in Virginia to be certified as a crime prevention campus. I asked Chief John Venuti for details about what that means. He explained that 11 corps safety goals were established, including having a crime prevention specialist on staff, maintaining mutual aid agreements with other agencies; continuing compliance of a federally required crisis management plan; and distributing campus safety information.

Southside Virginia Jobs Picture Brighter

Jobs have been scarce in Mecklenburg and surrounding counties over the past few years, but data released by the Virginia Employment Commission show a slow turnaround. That drop represents the second month in a row showing some improvement for the labor force. 125 more people found jobs.

At the same time, the overall number of jobs is fewer than were created in March 2013. Last year 11, 530 were working in Mecklenburg this year there are 305 fewer employed. Last year the jobless rate was at 9.1%. The difference is largely the result of a decline in available workers.

CSX Cars Derail in Lynchburg, Spilling Oil

A CSX train loaded with crude oil derailed in Lynchburg yesterday afternoon and some of the oil spilled into the James River. A state of emergency was declared in Lynchburg when several of the oil carriers caught fire. Pat Calvert’s office in Lynchburg is not far from where the cars derailed. Calvert, the Upper James River keeper for the James River Association, says fire officials told him at least 50,000 gallons of crude was consumed by fire or spilled into the James.

Corsi Group Investing $5 Million in Charlotte County Project

The Corsi Group is one of the country’s leading makers of cabinets. They’re investing $5 million dollars in a manufacturing plant in Charlotte County. Virginia and Kentucky competed for the project that’s expected to create 110 new jobs. Charlotte County has an unemployment rate of 7.2%. This will be the Corsi Group’s first venture on the East coast. With headquarters in Indianapolis, the group has been designing and manufacturing custom and semi custom cabinetry since 1973.

Micro Images on Display At VCU

There’s a new exhibit at the Tompkins-McCaw Library for Health Sciences at VCU. It features microscopic images. The exhibit, Through the Looking Glass, includes images of a black widow spider’s silk spinning organ, lung cells of a mouse, muscle fibers within the inner ear. One of three student winners was Ryan Clohessy, studying biomedical engineering. His image was the result of a failed experiment to build biomaterial scaffolding. The mircro image exhibit will be open through the end of the year.