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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

Injunction Delays Start of Power Towers Over the Rapphannock

The State Corporation Commission late yesterday (10/19) issued a temporary injunction that will delay Dominion Virginia Power’s construction of steel towers to carry a new power line across the Rappahannock River.

The injunction will be in place until an expedited hearing November 17th to determine if it should be made permanent.

Lancaster County Supervisor Chair Jason Bellows and others want the line to run underwater. Dominion’s Daisy Pridgen said the company will file a brief on the 5th of next month.

Prince George County Moving Forward on Broadband Access

Prince George has applied for a $200,000 grant from the Virginia Dept. of Housing and Community Development to pay for initial costs to expand broadband internet service.

At their meeting next Tuesday, county supervisors will consider a resolution to enter into an agreement with wireless broadband architect Design Nine Inc.

Jeff Stoke is the deputy county administrator for community and economic development.

A regional approach is also under discussion with surrounding counties.

HCA Hospitals Offering Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Programs

At the Tucker Pavilion at Chippenham Hospital and Parham Doctors’ Hospital, HCA Virginia is offering Adolescent Partial Hospitalization programs for young people struggling with a wide range of issues.

These programs are designed to provide patients being treated for everything from depression and anxiety to anger and aggressiveness and sexual abuse or assault.

Dr. Nicole Franklin is director of the team at The Tucker Pavilion providing group sessions, expressive therapy, and education services.

Opponents Continue to Fight Power Towers Across Rappahannock

Dominion Virginia Power is beginning construction on steel towers, near the Norris Bridge, to carry a new power line across the Rappahannock. Opposition to the towers continues.

Jason Bellows, Chairman of the Lancaster County Board of Supervisors, said last week that he is confident that efforts to rescind permits issued by the Virginia Marine Resources Commission and the Army Corps of Engineers will prevail.

Bellows urged opponents to remain proactive.

Mecklenburg County Eliminating Vehicle Decals

Mecklenburg County is considering elimination of motor vehicles decals. They’re considering programs already used in other counties.

In particular, County Treasurer Sandra Langford told Mecklenburg supervisors, her office and the Commissioner of Revenue’s office are impressed with Hanover County’s implementation of a “clear trade” rate for vehicle assessment.

She added that it is important to assure that decal elimination doesn’t create a financial burden on towns that, right now, get half of the fees collected.

Bicycle Tour Will Mean Closed Roads Tomorrow

The Martin’s Tour of Richmond will pedal through both the city and surrounding counties tomorrow (10/20). That will mean a number of intermittent road closures.

The cyclists will take off from the Richmond Raceway Complex at 7:30 a.m. in the morning and the course is expected to close at 6:00 p.m.

This isn’t a race, this is a distance ride and last year it attracted just over 1,200 riders. They get a choice of three distances to travel - 26 miles, 58 miles, or the Gran Fondo at 101 miles.

Proposed Power Line Path Would Run Through Battlefield

The Southside Electric Cooperative says it needs to upgrade service to just over a thousand customers but the path a new line would follow goes through Bonneville Farm which was where most of the civil war Battle of Dinwiddie Courthouse took place 150 years ago.

The farmhouse dates to 1800 and the owner, Dan Robbins, has restored the property to the way it looked in March of 1865. He was co-chair of the Sesquicentennial Committee in Dinwiddie County and doesn’t want 80 foot utility poles on what was a bloody battlefield.

Virginia Rep Show Offers Sensory Adapted Performance

Virginia Repertory Theatre’s production of The House at Pooh Corner opens, at the Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn, tonight (10/16) at 7:00 p.m.

It is the story we recall from childhood and there’ll be weekend performances through the middle of next month. This is the first show in Virginia to offer, in addition to its regular schedule, a sensory adapted performance.

Judge Denies Motion To Stall Power Towers

A Richmond County Circuit Court Judge yesterday (10/15) denied a motion to delay Dominion Virginia Power’s plan to start construction of steel towers to carry a new power cable across the Rapphannock River. The old cable is attached to the Norris Bridge.

He ruled “all of this case has to do primarily with an invalid objection” to the construction.

Opponents of the towers say they will be an eyesore. They called on Dominion to run the cable under the river.