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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

Close Races in Tri-Cities

Treska Smith, Sam Praham, Howard Myers, and John Hart were elected to Petersburg City Council. Ken Pritchett and Lois Long, to the school board.

It was a close race for Hopewell City Council for Christina Bailey and A.J. Zevgolis in Hopewell’s first and third wards. Arlene Holloway won handily in the second as did Jackie Shornak in Ward 7. Zevgolis returned to council, beating Mayor Michael Bujakowsky by thirty votes.

Hurt Wins Big in the 5th

5th District Congressman Robert Hurt was returned to office for a third term, winning in a landslide. Hurt, who is from Chatham, was the choice of well over 60% of voters and he was declared the winner a little over two hours after the polls closed.

Democrat Lawrence Gaughan managed just under 35% of the vote and both Hurt and Gaughan finished well ahead of Libertarian Paul Jones, and Green Party standard bearer Ken Hildebrandt.

VCU Research To Develop A Safer Battery

Lithium ion batteries are everywhere. They’re in phones, laptops, cars, anything that gets recharged, and they contain toxic materials like chlorine and fluorine that make up the electrolytes of the battery. Dr. Puru Jena, a physics professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, is the first to tell you he’s not an expert on the lithium ion battery. For the last five years Dr. Jena has been working on super halogens, a somewhat larger molecule of various compositions, that behave the same way chemically as single atoms of the halogen group, the same as those used in lithium ion batteries.

Petersburg Asks Film Companies to Help Cover Damages

While the City of Petersburg is delighted that Hollywood production companies are using the 150 year old Centre Hill Museum, they’re going to bill them for damages. Brian Little, the city’s director of cultural affairs, say the companies who filmed “Turn” and “Ithaca” are each being asked to foot part of the bill for interior damage to the house. He told the Progress Index some of it may have been the result of exposing the building to humidity.

Student Scientists and a Rocket Launch Record

Two groups of high school student scientists got together last Sunday at the Chesterfield Fair Grounds to break a record and raise money for breast cancer research. Dylan Whitesel and Sanzio Angeli, founded Rocket 4 the Cure. They went to the fairgrounds to set a new Guinness rocket launching world record. Doing it, they would raise money for the Susan G. Komen Cancer organization. They shattered the record by successfully launching nearly all of them and they raised $20,000 for breast cancer research.

5th District Candidates Make Their Case For Election

The Fifth is Virginia’s largest Congressional District. It includes much of the middle of the state from top to bottom. There are three challengers for the seat held for two terms by Republican Robert Hurt. John Ogle asked  Hurt, Democrat Lawrence Gaughan, Libertarian Paul Jones, and independent Kenneth Hildebrandt the same question. Why should voters should choose you?

Park View High Player Died From Blunt Force Trauma

The state medical examiner’s office says a high school football player from Chase City who was injured in a game died of blunt force trauma to the head. Mecklenburg County Sheriff Bobby Hawkins said late last week that the official report will not be released from Richmond for another month or six weeks. The preliminary report ruled the death of Jamond Salley as accidental but did not specify what kind of brain injury was sustained. Sheriff Hawkins told the Mecklenburg Sun this early assessment “opens up a lot more questions.”

Details of Hopewell Police Shooting Emerge

Court records indicate that a man shot by Hopewell Police was threatening to commit suicide and told officers he had killed his wife.

54-year-old Gary Lee, from Colonial Heights, was found driving down the railroad tracks at Western Street in Hopewell a week ago. A police affidavit says officers saw that he had a “black long gun” and that he was shouting that he wanted to kill himself and that he had killed his wife in Colonial Heights. Officers say Lee turned the gun in their direction and they opened fire while he was in his car. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

All 3 Candidates for Virginia’s 7th District Appear Together in Goochland

The candidates for Virginia’s 7th District Congressional seat appeared together last night for a forum at Benedictine College Preparatory, sponsored by the Goochland Chamber of Commerce. This event marked the first and only joint public appearance of all three of the candidates; Republican Dave Brat, Democrat Jack Trammell and James Carr, the Libertarian. Each candidate offered opening and closing remarks.

The audience was large and enthusiastic and were reminded twice not to interrupt the speakers.

Lancaster Players Have Kilmarnock Town Vision

The Lancaster Players recently explained their vision for the old town hall tract on North Main Street to the Kilmarnock Town Council. The idea is to have the town take the lot off the market and sign a long term lease with the Lancaster Players and Bay Aging. Together, they would create a cultural center with a performing arts center, a senior center with a kitchen, parking, green space, and an outdoor plaza.