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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

Augusta County Residents Comment on School Closing

On the last day before the winter break, Augusta County schools were closed and events cancelled after threats were made about a geography class that used the Islamic statement of faith in a lesson about Arabic calligraphy.

At last night’s (1/7) county school board meeting a number of people addressed the incident and the issue. Some speakers expressed concern about religious indoctrination, others talked about tolerance, some thanked the school administration for its quick response.

Ashland Theater Plans Still Up in the Air

The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development’s Industrial Revitalization Fund awarded a $500,000 grant to revitalize the Ashland Theater but the money is on hold.

The grant was made on the basis of a plan drawn up by Waukeshaw Development.

The Ashland Theater Committee says it will raise $200,000 and the Town Council says it wants to work with them and has set aside enough money for a ten year reserve fund.

Petersburg Schools Hire Illinois Firm for Superintendent Search

The Petersburg School Board voted unanimously last night (1/7) to hire BWP & Associates, an Illinois based firm, to lead the search for a new Supt. of Schools.

The individual chosen to succeed Dr. Joseph Melvin will be Petersburg’s eighth superintendent in the last 15 years.

Kevin Castner, once superintendent in Albemarle County and E. Wayne Harris, the current superintendent of Roanoke City schools will lead the effort.

Tractor Trailer Driver is Lucky to be Alive

A tractor trailer fell from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel yesterday (1/7) and the driver lived to talk about it.

As the 20 foot rig tried to pass a slow moving vehicle and it went trough the railing and over the side. As it began to sink into the 49 degree water, the driver was seen holding on to a piece of floating debris. A bridge tunnel worker tossed him a life ring and he held on for at least 40 minutes before rescue crews could get to him.

VCU and Region 1 Schools Establish Autism Education Consortium

The VCU Autism Center for Excellence in the school of education is partnering with Region 1 school divisions to facilitate the Region 1 Autism Education Consortium. The consortium will involve some 2,200 students who are identified with, or exhibit characteristics of autism spectrum disorders.

Paul Wehman, director of the center, said schools will be able build on shared resources and expertise.

Standoff in Charlottesville Ends With Arrest

When Charlottesville detectives went to a home on Sixth Street SE yesterday (1/5), they were looking for the man they believed held up the Union Bank and Trust on the downtown Mall Monday (1/4).

When they got to the house around one with a search warrant, 38 year old Cole Nordick, refused to let them in. Four other people in the house were able to leave just after the police arrived.

Police continued to try to get him to talk to them. That didn’t work so they fired what they called a “significant amount” of chemical irritant agents into the house.

Evatran Group Gets Second Investment from China

The Evatran Group, Inc., a Richmond based company that makes wireless charging stations for electric vehicles, has gotten a $1.6 million shot in the arm from an automotive parts maker in China.

Evatran’s charger is called Plugless. CEO Rebecca Hough noted this is the second $1.6 million investment by the Chinese company, Zhejian VIE.

It will, Hough said, allow Evatran to double its Richmond team. She believes electric vehicles will be in wide use nationally sooner than later.

USDA Order Recall of Sam’s Choice Beef Product

The US Dept. of Agriculture has issued a recall of nearly 90,000 pounds of ground beef patties sold at Wal-Mart Stores.

The agency’s Food and Safety Inspection Services says the Sam’s Choice Black Angus Vidalia Onion patties, from a meat producer in Minnesota and distributed between mid November and early December, may contain chips of wood.

German Grocery Firm Lidl Buys Chesterfield Land

Lidl, a German discount grocery chain, continues to move forward with plans to enter to open stores in the Richmond area. Lidl, with its US operations based in Arlington, has purchased land in Chesterfield County. The price tag was $3.23 million for just under five acres on Mall Drive, next to the Chesterfield Towne Center.

Lidl also has plans for a store on Iron Bridge Road and three in Henrico County, one west of Short Pump Town Centre, another on Staples Mill Road, and one on South Laburnum Avenue.