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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

Eastern Shore Town Installs Permeable Lot to Protect Bay

The new lot is in Onancock at the corner of Parker and King streets. It used to be just like every other parking lot but now its the first of its kind on the Eastern Shore.

Joe Battiata is a Senior Water Resources Engineer at the non profit Center for Watershed Protection. The center partnered with the town and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation create a unique design. The project has implications for the heavily polluted Onancock Creek Watershed.

Area Students Score at International Science Fair

Four students - winners from the Metro Richmond STEM Fair - traveled to Los Angeles to compete in the International Science and Engineering Fair. All four agreed competing with 1,700 other students from all over the world was an education in itself and they had a great time doing it.

Michelle Marquez, a rising sophomore at the Math Science High School at Clover Hill brought home first place and best in category in the Behavioral & Social Sciences category. She was also awarded the Intel Foundation Cultural and Scientific Award. Marquez will be in China for 11 days.

Nimoy's 'Vincent' Opens at CenterStage

Vincent opens a four performance run tomorrow night (June 5) at the Gottwald Playhouse at Richmond CenterStage.  Nearly everyone has seen at least one Van Gogh painting; he’s among the best known people in the world.

James Briggs is the only actor in the show. Briggs plays both Van Gogh brothers, basing his performance on hundreds of letters they wrote to each other. Theo gathered his friends together about a week after Vincent’s suicide to say what was on his heart about the way his brother was treated.

Gravel Road Speed Limit Dropping to 35 in Virginia

The speed limit on gravel roads in Virginia is dropping to 35 miles per hour on the first of next month. The bill, introduced by Delegate Scott Garrett of Lynchburg, didn’t get much attention but it passed unanimously in the house. 15 Senators voted no. Most of the counties in Southside Virginia have the speed on unsurfaced roadways set at 55, unless otherwise posted. There is an exception made to the law if the VDOT Commissioner of Highways decides higher speeds are safe.

Battle of Cold Harbor Remembered

The first portion of the culmination of the National Park Service’s observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War battle of Cold Harbor is underway right now on the battlefield.

General Ulysses Grant’s army fired the first shots just as dawn was breaking. David Ruth Superintendent of the Richmond National Battlefield Park, said that assault is being observed where it happened, at the time it happened.

Lancaster County Supervisors Okay School Budget

On the Northern Neck, Lancaster County Supervisors have unanimously approved a school budget. The budget increase they okayed includes funding to extend the school year by two weeks. Acting School Supt.

Sandy Spears said that is critical to full accreditation efforts. The school system request totals just under $16 million dollars, that’s an increase of a little more than $300,000 over this year.

Centers Of Excellence Will Train for Manufacturing Jobs

The Southern Virginia Higher Education Center in South Boston will soon be the home of a Center of Excellence for advanced manufacturing. As part of efforts to rehabilitate the industrial base in Southside and Southwest Virginia, SVHEC, the New College Institute in Martinsville, and a yet to be named location in the southwest, have been awarded $2 million dollar start up grants from the Virginia Tobacco Commission.

Blueprint Virginia And The Future

The non-partisan Virginia Chamber of Commerce is very active at the General Assembly, not endorsing parties or candidates, but ideas. Virginia Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Barry DuVal says, in terms of job creation, Virginia must make workforce training a top priority.

Speaking to the Richmond Academy of Medicine, DuVal said new jobs go where there’s a workforce. DuVal introduced the group to Blueprint Virginia, a long term business strategy for the Commonwealth, developed by the Chamber, after canvassing over 7,000 businesses.