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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

Geocaching in the Woods and the City

Think of geocaching as a high tech scavenger hunt that can be played virtually anywhere, anytime, with any number of people. It's a world wide phenomenon that involves satellite science to hide and search for containers that contain a log and other trinkets called hitch hikers. Jared Ress, an interpreter at Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield County, says geocaching is being done all over the world.

Geocaching in the Woods and in the City

Geocaching is a world wide phenomenon that involves satellite science to hide and search for containers that contain a log and other trinkets called hitchhikers. All 36 Virginia State Parks offer Geocaching. Jared Ress, an interpreter at Pochahontas State Park, says there are a thousand geocaches within Richmond City limits.

Many people have their own GPS units, some download a geocaching app to their smart phones, and the state parks rent GPS units and there are instructors to help out.

The theme for state park caches this year is bird watching.

White Stone Eyeing Grants for Development

The town of White Stone is ready now to go ahead with a proposed residential and commercialization project. The town has now met the last of five requirements to get a $3,000 Community Development Block Grant for planning.

White Stone is looking at two grants that include up to $30,000 for planning and development from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development and another $10,000 from the Virginia Housing Development Authority.

VCU Researching Use of Plasma on Ambulances

The Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center has spent the past year letting the public know that patients being transported after an accident with severe bleeding, may be given frozen plasma on the way rather than after they get to the hospital. Dr. Bruce Spiess, professor in the VCU Department of Anesthesiology, is the principal investigator in research that will evaluate what was learned from the US military in the field. VCU is one of three medical centers nationwide chosen by the Army to be part of this combat casualty care research program. Dr.

International Ballet Competition Underway in Richmond

There is an international ballet competition going at the Carpenter Theatre in Richmond. Thirty-nine dancers are competing in the 4th Annual Cecchetti International Classical Ballet Competition. Betty Seibert chairs the Cecchetti International Ballet.

In addition to classes, yesterday (8/7) the dancers were adjudicated in contemporary and today (8/8) they are giving their classical ballet performances. Tonight the finalists will be announced.

Clarksville Gathering Input for New Comprehensive Plan

Members of the Clarksville Planning Commission began the process to update the town’s comprehensive plan, soliciting public comment. Planning Commission members shared information with people who live and do business in Clarksville on a range of subjects, including cleaning up property owned by the Army Corps of Engineers. Town Manager Jeff Jones said the meeting was a positive first step and anyone with input can go to the town’s Facebook page.

South Boston CEO Named in Federal Fraud Case

Court documents say there is probable cause to believe a South Boston company tried to avoid paying more than ten million dollars in federal excise taxes on cigarettes. A search warrant, unsealed this week, names Kathy Farley, President and CEO of Firebird Manufacturing LLC, and maker of Cherokee cigarettes. She is suspected of wire fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering and violations of the Contraband Cigarette Trafficking Act. According to the Mecklenburg Sun, in August of last year, IRS, USDA, and FBI agents searched the Cherokee building on route 58 in Riverdale.

Clarksville Gathering Input for Comprehensive Plan

The Clarksville Planning Commission held an open hearing last night to gather comments to create a new comprehensive plan. To be truly comprehensive, the commission is anxious to hear from any individual or business with a stake in the future of Clarksville. Anyone who missed the meeting can still get in touch. There’s information online at Clarksville Town Hall is at 321 Virginia Avenue.

The Town of Columbia May Cease to Exist

By the first of the year the little town of Columbia, Virginia may no longer be a town. Columbia is at the spot where the James and Rivanna Rivers converge. Route 6 runs right through it and its been there since 1788. The all-volunteer town council is moving to dissolve Columbia and let it be an unincorporated part of Fluvanna County with no independent government. Members of the council say it will cost a lot more to fix the things that are wrong than the town could raise through taxes.