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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

Virginia Tech Football Coach Frank Beamer is Retiring

Virginia Tech’s head football coach is going to retire. No more Beamer Ball.

Frank Beamer is a legend. In his 29 seasons with the Hokies, he has won more games than any active college football coach in the country.

Beamer, who’s 69, announced yesterday (11/1) that he is retiring. He said he wants what’s best for Virginia Tech and had planned to wait until the end of this season but, he said, he’s “always believed in being open and honest” with his players and coaches.

Fracking Rules Hearings Set for This Week

Hearings are scheduled for today (11/2) and tomorrow (11/3) on proposed new rules for oil and gas drilling in Virginia’s coastal plain.

The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy has scheduled hearings in both Richmond and the Fredericksburg area.

They’ll focus on proposed changes in “fracking,” the drilling process that uses water pressure and chemicals to free natural gas from shale.

Among the changes in proposed rules, drafted last  year by a special state panel, is a greater disclosure of what chemicals are used in hydraulic fracking.

“I Am Petersburg” is Looking for a Logo

Last year, the City of Petersburg launched its I AM PETERSBURG campaign. Today (11/2), they launched a website and they’re looking for a logo.

The point of is to generate excitement and a sense of pride among the people who live and do business there.

To introduce it, they’re asking people to design a logo for the site that’ll also be used on a billboard and other advertising for the Petersburg. The city’s Jay Ell Alexander said “It’s your logo, express yourself.”

“Newsies” In Richmond

The Broadway in Richmond series opens tomorrow night (11/3) with a production of the Tony Award winning musical Newsies. Broadway veteran Steve Blanchard portrays Joseph Pulitzer.

Unlike the film version, Pulitzer has a song in this show.

Blanchard said he literally stumbled on to the movie version of Newsies. Blanchard originated the role of the Beast in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and appeared on Broadway and on tour with it. Touring, he said, is part of being in show business.

Mecklenburg High School Locked Down After Shooter Threat

Mecklenburg County’s Park View High School was on lock down on Wednesday afternoon (10/28) after the report of a possible shooter.

Sheriff Bobby Hawkins deputies and State Troopers were on campus. Their investigation found the rumor was unfounded and, he says, “the source was identified.”

He said the school administration handled the situation skillfully, using social media and an alert system to report accurate information to parents.

So far, no charges have been filed. The Sheriff added, the Commonwealth Attorney will decide if they should be.

Four Candidates for Sheriff in Lancaster County

Ronnie Crockett has retired after 32 years as Sheriff of Lancaster County. All four candidates who want the job recently appeared together to make their case to replace him.

Joan Norris Kent is running as an independent. She has been with the Sheriff’s Department 32 years and is now an investigator and one of the commanders of the multi jurisdictional drug task force.

Melvin Howard, also an independent, was with the department 33 years. He has been with the Kilmarnock Police Dept. for the past three years.

The Swift Creek Emergency Center Construction On Schedule

Construction of HCA Hospitals new Swift Creek Emergency Center is on track.

Tim McManus, CEO of Chippenham and Johnston Willis Hospitals said there is a clear need for a 21st century ER to serve the fast growing population in western Chesterfield.
That will also provide the ability to serve those dealing  with mental, emotional, and behavioral issues.

Unless the weather gets in the way, the Swift Creek ER will open in early spring near the intersection of 288 and Hull Street.