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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

Faster Broadband Comes to Southern Virginia

In line with the timetable set when it was given a federal grant for internet connectivity, Buggs Island Telephone Cooperative has introduced its new wireless broadband services. Customers in Amelia, Brunswick, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, and Nottoway counties will be able to get 4G LTE services Buggs Island Telephone calls “Bonfire.” The service is available now for some people, new towers are going up and by the middle of next month more rural homes will be able to sign on too.

Lancaster County Committee Will Study Boat Tax Issue

Lancaster supervisors have set up a committee to study the county’s boat tax and make recommendations to the board. The committee includes two men in the boat business, Bruce Saunders from Rappahannock Yachts and Clay Holcomb from Chesapeake Boat Basin. They’re joined by former county administrator Bill Pennell and Jack Larson, former county finance director. Lancaster’s Commissioner of the Revenue did a comparison of boat tax rates in surrounding counties. Sonny Thomas told the board its hard to compare one county to the other because of the variety of assessment rules.

Investigators Looking for Four Men in Lancaster Disappearance

Lancaster County Sheriff’s Department investigators are asking four men who were seen with Claudine Gifford the night she disappeared to call them. Gifford has been the object of a search by law enforcement and volunteers but there has been no sign of her since the night of July 6th. Investigators want talk to four men who helped Gifford get into a silver, four door SUV on Windjammer Lane, near the Tiki Bar at Windmill Point that night. Lt. E.T. Self, who’s leading the investigation has asked the four to call 462-5111.

Colonial Heights Hires Economic Development Director

Colonial Heights has hired its first Director of Economic Development. Karen Epps has been spending her time introducing herself to her colleagues in city government and getting to know business owners in Colonial Heights. Epps said the response continues to energize her. She said another important step in creating the strategic plan is filling vacant positions on the Colonial Heights Economic Authority.

Community Meeting Addressed Essex County School Issues

There was a big turnout for a community meeting Tuesday night to ask questions about the Essex County school system. More than 70 people were at the First Baptist Church in Tappahannock. They expressed concerns about, among other things, transportation policy, high employee turnover, teachers moving from school to school, and communication between teachers and the school administration. According to the Northern Neck News, others commented on classroom behavior and allegations of the bullying of both students and teachers.

School Repairs in Mecklenburg Top $2 Million

Mecklenburg County schools need money for pressing repairs and that could delay a new high school. There was a meeting early this month of the Mecklenburg’s Joint Education Committee, made up of supervisors and school board members. They talked about the cost of a new chiller for South Hill Elementary and boilers and bleachers for Bluestone High and Park View Middle. County Administrator Wayne Carter said the school facilities fund has just under $3 million available for repairs and upgrades.

Moonshine Distillery Comes To Chase City

There are new plans for a distillery in Chase City with a recipe that dates to the prohibition era. Robert Bondurant is going into business, along with his brother Joe, and their daddy, Bobby. They’re going to make moonshine the same way the Bondurant brothers of Franklin County made it during Prohibition. Except now it’s legit. Every step of production will be done the old fashioned way right there on site, it’ll be almost like stepping back in time.

Hopewell Court Cited for Error

State Auditor says Hopewell’s General District Court has some problems. In a letter to the city last month, a state auditor said dozens of defendants were overcharged by more than a thousand dollars for fines, fees, and court costs, and  listed 28 instances where the clerk’s office made billing mistakes that cost the local court or the state money. The letter said  these matters require attention and corrective action. General District Court Clerk Deborah Hatcher told the Progress-Index she’s received a copy of the audit and will make corrections and that was all she had to say.