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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

Realtors Association Funding Tornado Victims

The Federal Emergency Management Agency turned down Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s effort to get financial help for Virginians who suffered devastating losses during the tornadoes that struck in late February. Now, realtors are offering help.

The Virginia Association of Realtors and the Southside Virginia Association have money available for the storm victims.

Martin Johnson is Chief of Policy and Advocacy for the VAR said the money comes from the national Realtor Relief Foundation, a fund set up after 9-11.

ABC Stores Now Open at Noon on Sundays

Legislation passed by the last session of the General Assembly became law at midnight.

There’s a change at you’ll notice tomorrow (7/2) at your local ABC Store. In 2004 the Commonwealth began opening some ABC stores on Sunday, four years later a few more were added and in 2012 all ABC stores began opening at one o’clock on Sunday afternoon.

ABC’s Kathleen Shaw said Sunday opening has produced considerable revenue.

Will an extra hour have an impact? Well, in the past fiscal year alone, she said, Sunday sales have increased more than $2 million to $52 million.

“Go Outdoors Virginia” is Up and Running

The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries launched its first interactive website at midnight. is intended to make life easier.

The Department’s Lee Walker said customers will log on and create their own account and ID and manage their licenses, permits, and preferences.

Game and Inland Fisheries expects to have an app available to do the same things on mobile devices later this year.

Gun Ownership Restrictions Among New Laws in Force Tomorrow

The General Assembly compromised on gun rights and among the new laws taking affect tomorrow (7/1) are greater restrictions on possession of weapons.

Starting tomorrow, Virginia State Police will be available at gun shows to run voluntary background checks on firearm purchases.

Domestic abusers will have to surrender their weapons or face a felony charge.

Virginia will now enter into reciprocal agreements with other states that issue verifiable concealed carry gun permits and recognize Virginia’s permits.

Chesterfield Has Record-Breaking Employment Growth

Data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows Chesterfield County had record breaking growth in employment and new businesses.

From December of 2014 through December of 2015 employment nationally grew 1.9%. In Chesterfield employment grew 6%.

Chesterfield Director of Economic Development Garrett Hall said more than 40% of those jobs were in firms with fewer than 250 employees.

Small businesses in Chesterfield added 4,049 new jobs. Half way into 2016, he said, the trend continues.

New Construction in Historic Richmond Neighborhoods

Sixteen prize winning entries in a design competition staged by The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design on Monument Avenue and Historic Richmond entitled “Drawing on History” are on display through September 4th.

Entries explore what it means to build in two of Richmond’s historic neighborhoods, Union Hill and Jackson Ward.

Dr. Craig Reynolds, director of the museum, said submissions took into account historic context, sustainability, affordability, and what makes each neighborhood unique.

The Second Annual Capitol Campout Is Underway

Today (6/28) and tomorrow, there are 26 fourth graders from the Richmond Boys and Girls Club taking part in the Second Annual Capitol Campout.

Virginia State Parks organized the event with a simple goal, to get kids excited about being outside.

Craig Seaver, Director of Virginia State Parks, said last year’s event included one of the most rewarding moments of his 31 year career in state parks.

Union Bank & Trust Closing Branches in 5 Martin’s Food Markets

Union Bank & Trust has decided to close five of its branches inside Martin’s Food Markets. The bank said a great deal of thought and analysis went into making the decision to close branches.

The branches closing are in Martin’s stores at Harbour Point, CrossRidge, Ashland, White Oak Village and Chesterfield Crossing.

Builder Academy Will Train Tomorrow’s Building Industry Workers

Tekton Builders construction company is launching a non-profit, workforce training program for 18 to 25 year old men and women.

They call it Builder Academy. The young company’s President Carter MacKey said the two year Builder Academy program hopes to fill two needs in the Richmond community.

One is skilled labor. The other need, CEO Stephen Jenkins said, is opportunities to help young people find a job, a passion, and a future.

Jenkins said others in the industry are pitching in.