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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

Congress Set to Approve Expansion of Petersburg Battlefield

In the few days, Congress is expected to approve legislation that will add 7,000 acres to the Petersburg National Battefield Park. It will become the largest Civil War battlefield in the country.

Battlefield Supt. Lewis Rogers said the park is currently 2,500. acres.

The additional land includes the sites of 18 major battles. and will be helpful in telling the story of the longest siege in U.S. history, and all who fought on there on both sides, including 16,000 U.S. Colored Troops.

Dominion Expanding Solar Energy Collaboration with Amazon

Dominion has announced a major expansion of its solar alliance with Amazon Web Services, Inc. as that company moves toward its goal of 50% renewable energy by next year.

Dominion’s Ryan Frazier said the first solar farm project with Amazon, in Accomack County, was completed in late October and at 80 megawatts, is the currently the largest in the mid-Atlantic region.

Amazon’s Peter DeSantis said AWS isn’t finished. The ultimate goal is 100% renewable energy.

Don’t Forget Pets During Holiday Season

The holiday season is upon us. It’s a time to celebrate with family and friends, but don’t forget the health and safety of your pets.

Make sure doors aren’t left open during the excitement of a party.

Dr. Christopher Patterson is one of the veterinarians at the Three Chopt Animal Clinic in Henrico. One of the first things to consider is what your cat or dog may eat. He pointed out that while we need to be aware of what our animals are eating, it’s also important to choose decorations with them in mind.

Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods Expanding to Kroger Stores

Kroger stores in the area already carry some products, under other names, made by Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods. Next year, Ukrop’s branded items will appear in Korger stores.

With Martin’s grocery stores leaving the Richmond market CEO Bobby Ukrop said Ukrop’s has been expanding its product lines over the past several months.

Kroger’s Good Meadow Homemades are made by Ukrop’s and the label will change next year.

Kroger will also replace Martin’s as presenting sponsor of the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K.

Prince George Police Support Cancer Research

Following up on a story we reported a month ago: Prince George County Police officers yesterday completed No Shave November.

The department’s Alexis Drochmal said Chief Keith Early agreed to permit officers to stop shaving for a very good reason.

She said the response was really gratifying.

PG Police, she said, thank the officers, public safety folks and, most of all the public for their support.

A Guide to Planning an Inclusion Project is Published

The Virginia Board for People with Disabilities’ Youth Leadership Forum and the Department of Education’s I’m Determined Project have published A Guide to Planning an Inclusion Project.

The guide book, in the works for four years, includes activities and resources for elementary through high school.

John Eisenberg is Virginia’s Assistant Superintendent for Special Education and Student Services. He said the focus of the students involved was awe inspiring.

The guide is on the DOE website now and will be sent to every school in Virginia.

Richmond Startup Creates “Die Happy” App

A startup company in Richmond has introduced a new mobile application they say is designed to help people live happier lives. Shawn Boyer, is founder and CEO of DIE HAPPY.

Research showed what truly makes people happy is the quality of relationships. It is, he added, more like texting than Facebook. Users can form groups and share only among that group.

IRS Says Some Tax Refunds Will Be Delayed Even If Filed Early

The Internal Revenue Service is alerting those who file their taxes early that in some instances, refunds will be delayed. Mark Green, at the IRS, explained.

A recent change in federal tax law, intended to make it easier for the IRS to detect and prevent refund fraud, is the reason Green noted some people believe that if they file their tax return in December they’ll get a quick refund.

Tax season doesn’t open until the middle of January.