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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

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Care Center Planned

A proposal is in the works to create the West Street Center in Charlottesville. It would be a mental health and substance abuse care center for women in central Virginia.

Robert Johnson, Executive Director of the Region 10 Community Services Board, said the city and surrounding counties have not committed but are considering a proposal to contribute $150,000 annually.

The hope is to open in January of 2017.

Paper Ballots for Richmond and Henrico Voters Next Month

A week from today Virginians go to the polls. In Richmond and Henrico, voters will be using paper ballots and optical scanning for the first time in a general election.

The change is the result of the State Board of Elections decision to stop using touchscreen voting machines because of security issues.

Next week, voters will fill in ovals next to the name of the candidate they choose and put the ballot into an optical scan machine.

All 140 seats in the General Assembly are up for election and there are a slew of local races.

Virginia is National Leader in Sharing Gun Data

Gov. McAuliffe’s recent directive directs police to trace all firearms used in a crime. In fact, Virginia already leads the nation in law enforcement sharing of data on recovered crime guns and investigation tracing of those weapons.

246 of the 340 law enforcement agencies in the Commonwealth use the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive’s electronic tracing system known as eTrace.

191 of those agencies have signed on to share crime gun data.

The ATF found that 68,000 weapons have been recovered or traced in Virginia over the past nine.

Eye Exams for Kids in Petersburg

A mobile clinic will stopping at all Petersburg elementary schools and offer a special clinic tomorrow at Robert E. Lee Elementary.

The Essilor Vision Foundation’s Kids Vision for Life Mobile Vision Clinic will be seeing more than 200 students who will be offered exams and/ or glasses.

They were referred by Conexus for Healthy Vision’s recent screening of some 671 children.

The service is provided at no charge to parents.

Essilor is a non profit charity set up by the Dallas based maker of optical lenses.

Report Finds Wood Pellet Industry Threatens Forest Ecosystems

The Natural Resources Defense Council has gathered data indicating that the wood pellet industry in Europe threatens three forest ecosystems in the U.S. At the top of the list, the Virginia- North Carolina border.

The Council found 24 million acres of unprotected wetland forests are threatened by current or planned wood pellet mills to feed biomass energy facilities in European Union countries.

Debbie Hammel, a resource specialist with the NRDC, notes that forests in Europe are highly regulated and Virginia and North Carolina should take action.

Training Center for Embassy Personnel Still on Hold

The events at Benghazi are in the news. Virginia Sen. Mark Warner is calling on members of the House of Representatives to stop blocking construction of funding for the Foreign Affairs Security Training Center in Virginia.

Fort Pickett was chosen over 70 other sites in 2011. Sen. Warner said it was believed the last hurdle was cleared and construction would begin soon.

A member of the Benghazi Special Committee, Rep. Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia, insists that the center be located at a site in his state.

Mecklenburg County Will be Virginia Enterprise Zone

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced this week that Mecklenburg’s designation as a joint Virginia Enterprise Zone with Brunswick County.

The Governor’s announcement is great news for the town of Clarksville which lost its enterprise zone designation earlier this year when it failed to meet the job creation threshold of four new jobs paying more than federal minimum wage and offering health benefits. Now, the town is part of the joint county zone.

That means businesses can apply for job creation and real estate property investment grants.

Warner Pushing VA and DOD to be Upfront With Vets

Virginia Sen. Mark Warner is leaning on the Department’s of Veterans Affairs and Defense to be sure service members clearly understand military separation pay.

Sen. Warner says he’s heard from a number of Virginia vets.

He said he isn’t asking to change the law but he’s written to the Secretaries on what policies are in place to educate service members up front.