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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

Chesterfield’s New Superintendent of Schools Ready for Challenge

Dr. James Lane was confirmed last night as the next Superintendent of Schools in Chesterfield County.

Dr. Lane has been at the head of the Goochland County Schools for three years, much smaller than Chesterfield which is one of the largest in the state.

Dr. Lane noted that Chesterfield schools, like Goochland, are committed to innovation, instructional technology and project based learning:

Richmond Education, Employment and Career Academy

The Richmond Education, Employment, and Career Academy is an innovative charter school that works to prepare students with disabilities for life after high school.

The academy is a collaboration of Richmond Public Schools, VCU, and the Virginia Department of Education.

Maurice Burton, the Principal, said the students are challenged by aspects of everyday life that we take for granted. There’s an emphasis, he said, on real life situations and real job experience.

VCU Researchers Stabilize Negative Ion

Physics researchers at VCU have been able to stabilize negative ions, work that could help develop better lithium and magnesium ion batteries.

The VCU research team figured out a way to produce an unusually stable, multiply charged molecule by substituting ligands, atoms or molecules that bind to a particle with a high energy, for hydrogen.

Dr. Puru Jena, a professor in the Physics department, said they used this new complex to design a halogen free electrolyte for lithium and magnesium ion batteries, expanding on an earlier study of safer, halogen free batteries.

VCU Wins Award for Emergency Department Upgrades

The American Society of Healthcare Engineering is recognizing VCU Health in San Diego today with its Vista Award for the complete renovation of its Department of Emergency Medicine.

In 2014 VCU began the first renovation of its 67,000 square foot Emergency Room since the 80s. It was a cooperative effort.

Robert Reardon is Chief Facilities officer for VCU Health. He noted that during the entire time the only Level 1 Trauma ER in the area was open for business treating more than 98,000 patients a year, 4,000 of them trauma patients.

Science Matters: 2016 STEM Fair Winners

The Math Science Innovation Center’s 2016 Metro Richmond STEM Fair happened Saturday at Clover Hill High School in Chesterfield.

There were 258 projects entered by students in the middle and high school divisions of the STEM Fair.

STEM Fair Director Vonita Giddings said the winners go on to the State Science and Engineering Fair at VMI, and to Arizona for the Intel Science and Engineering Fair competing against thousands of others.

Over the years, 25 of 32 came home with awards.

VCU School of the Arts Tops Best Grad School Rankings

The Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts is, once again, at the top of US News and World Reports’ Best Graduate School rankings. VCU Arts is the number one public graduate program among public institutions and second among both public and private programs, in both cases, tied with UCLA.

Joseph Seipel, Dean of the VCU Art School, credits the dedication of the faculty and staff in developing curricula and educating student artists for the distinction.

Fort Lee’s 94th Training Division’s New Command Sgt. Major

There was a ceremony at Fort Lee, to name a new Command Sgt. Major for the 94th Training Division. Command Sgt. Major Sharon Campbell is the first woman to hold the position in the 94th’s long and distinguished history, a job she never dreamed she’d fill.

The Command Sergeant Major is the primary advisor to the commander, setting the standard for enlisted soldiers.

Campbell will be responsible for their performance, training, appearance, and conduct.

Coalition Urges Richmond to Implement Riverfront Plan

The James River Association, Sportsbackers, and a half-dozen other organizations are urging Richmond City Council to increase funding for the Richmond Riverfront Plan.

The coalition of organizations wants council to appropriate an additional $1.8 million to continue implementation of the plan, including completion of the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge that includes a universally accessible pathway for people with disabilities, pedestrians, and bicycles.

Public Reaction to Plan to Close Vernon Johns Junior High

Petersburg interim school superintendent Linda Shifflette’s proposal to close Vernon Johns Junior High School drew about 80 people to a meeting with members of the school board last night (3/16).

The plan would move eighth graders to Peabody Middle School and ninth graders to Petersburg High School. Administrative offices and alternative and gifted programs would move to the Vernon Johns building.

According to the Times-Dispatch speakers last night called it a “knee jerk response to a money problem” and expressed concerns about the safety of younger children.

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