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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

Rowanty Technical Center Building on Success

The Rowanty Vocational Technical Center in Carson, Virginia, will celebrate its 40th anniversary next year.

It’s graduates have a high success rate in a variety of fields but the school isn’t resting on its laurels. Principal Cheryl Simmers said Rowanty is becoming a learning laboratory offering real world experiences to the 60% of high school age kids not aiming for college.

Rowanty serves Prince George, Dinwiddie, and Sussex Counties offering 11 programs.

Huguenot High Community Center Opens

The Huguenot High Community Center opened yesterday (1/4) at the Richmond’s newest high school. The focus is on services for the community.

Debra Gardner, the city’s deputy chief administrative officer for human services, says the area is one of the more affluent in the city.

Huguenot is Richmond’s third school community center. The others are at Oak Grove-Bellemeade and Broad Rock Elementary schools.

Proposed Temple Avenue Roundabout Draws Comments

VDOT plans to build a roundabout off the I-95 Temple Avenue exit.

Some of the 30,000 commuters who drive the area have taken to social media to complain about the idea for a traffic circle. One Facebook comment called it “an accident waiting to happen,” another said Temple Avenue was a “bad place to experiment.”

Construction is scheduled to begin in March and it will take more than year to finish. VDOT figures they should be done some time around November of next year (2017).

Wason Poll Examines Millennials

The Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University, is out with a survey of Virginia Millennials.

Dr. Quentin Kidd, Director of the Center, said they found a generation that is mobile, independent, and financially lagging.

The 18 to 36 year olds depend on Facebook and social media for information. 64% are white, 18% African American, 8% hispanic, 6% Asian. They are Democrats, Independents, and Republicans, in that order.

The survey is online at

The Motown Sound is Coming to Town

Motown the Musical opens tomorrow night at the Altria Theatre.

The show is the story of a man with a dream and $800.

Allison Semmes is playing Diana Ross as a member of the Supremes and as a solo artist. She says she studied the group’s TV performances and Diana’s life.

There is, she said, a bit of a history as black artists break into the pop music main stream and tour in the south. But, most of all, this show is about the music. It has 66 songs in it.

Hopewell Judge Rules Council Acted Improperly

Hopewell Circuit Court W. Allan Sharrett has ruled that the city council acted “improperly” when it held a closed door session to select a mayor and vice mayor last January. The closed session led Janice Denton, a member of Hopewell Citizens for Good Government, to file a civil lawsuit claiming it seemed council had made its decision before voting at its regular meeting.

Another judge dismissed the suit.

Rainfall Raises Buggs Island Lake Six Feet

The Army Corps of Engineers says rainfall over the past week or more, has raises the water level in Buggs Island Lake more than six feet.

The high water forced the Corps to close fishing and day use areas, including Liberty Hill, Rudds Creek, Island Creek, Staunton Creek and Ivy Hill as well as boat ramps at Palmer Point, Bluestone, Buffalo, and Grassy Creek.

The ramps at Eastland Creek, Ivy Hill, Island Creek, Staunton View, and Rudds Creek are open.

Williamsburg Man Dies in Interstate Crash

Just before 5:30 a.m. this morning (12/30), a Williamsburg man died when his vehicle crashed into a tractor trailer on I-64 in New Kent County.

State Police say 27 year old Charles Garrett was driving his Honda Civic eastbound at a high rate of speed. Garrett, who investigators say, was not wearing a seatbelt, died at the scene.

The driver of the big rig, which was hauling 1,600 pounds of paper, wasn’t hurt.