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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.

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Agritourism Conference Set for Next Month

The 2016 Conference on Agritourism will happen April 5th and 6th in Halifax, bringing together farmers, government leaders, and experts.

The goal, the Virginia Cooperative Extension says, is to explore innovative strategies to grow what is becoming a big part of Virginia’s new economy.

Guests include Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones and Todd Haymore the Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry.

Chesterfield Fire and EMS Checking for Fire Alarms

This weekend Chesterfield Fire and EMS personnel will team up with the Red Cross to canvass the Bexley subdivision to check home fire alarms.

In January five people, two of them children, lost their lives in a house fire on Wicklow Lane.

Battalion Chief Keith Chambers explained that tomorrow from 10 until 4, every house in the subdivision will be visited.

Sunday, daylight savings time begins, a good time, Chambers said, for everyone to check their fire alarms, no matter where they live.

James River Association Offers Teen Leadership Academy

The James River Association has begun accepting applications for its second James River Leadership Academy. It’s a year long program for 10th and 11th graders, the next generation of environmental leaders.

The inaugural group is working now on the action projects they’ve developed for their final symposium in May, that impact the environment, their community, and the James.

Georgia Busch, a JRA Watershed Educator, explained that the next group will meet this summer, they’ll meet again in October and in January.

To apply on line, go to: jamesriveassociation.org

Judge Grants Postponement In Trial of Accused Killer Of Trooper

In Dinwiddie County, Judge Paul Cella has granted a postponement in the capital murder trial of the man accused of killing State Trooper Junius Walker. The trial, which was scheduled nearly a year ago, was set to begin on Monday (3/14) in Dinwiddie Circuit Court.

But defendant Russel Brown’s lawyers waited until 60 days before trial to notify the court of their intentions to present an insanity defense and that short notice slowed down the report on the mental evaluation of Brown by Dr. Evan Nelson, a forensic pathologist.

Prince George County May Increase Real Estate Tax Rate

Prince George Supervisors will have a budget work session tonight (3/10) and may vote next month to increase the county’s real estate tax rate by 4¢. Board Chair William Robertson, Jr. said the rate advertised, in advance of an April 12th public hearing, is the maximum they’ll consider.

The choice for Prince George County, he said, is raise taxes or cut services

Robertson told the Progress Index that he’s never voted for a tax increase in his 13 years on the board, but he’ll vote for one this year.

New Swift Creek ER Premiere Is Saturday

The public will have a chance on Saturday (3/12) from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. to get a look at the new Chippenham Hospital Swift Creek ER in Chesterfield. They’ll begin seeing patients on the 16th.

The medical director, Dr. Joseph Mason, said the goal was to bring the comprehensive quality care available at Chippenham and Johnston Willis to a fast growing area of the county that really needs it.

The full service Swift Creek ER includes state of the art resources, including telemedicine. It will be open 24/7, 365 days a year.

DOE Announces Cybercamp Programs for High School Students

The Virginia Department of Education is providing grant money for cyber camps for high school students this summer.

Cyber security is a growth industry in the U.S. and especially in Virginia.

These cyber camps are intended to raise student awareness. Charles Pyle at the DOE explained that there’ll be 32 camps involving 38 school divisions, chosen by the percentage of students getting free or reduced price lunch.

Virginia High Court Rules on Pipeline Surveying

Glenn Frith confronted surveyors for the Mountain Valley Pipeline on his land in Franklin County in July and filed a lawsuit. The Virginia Supreme Court chose not to hear an appeal of surveying law.

Monday’s ruling means contractors will be returning with signed court orders to survey two of Frith’s properties and land owned by three others who had denied access.

Mountain Valley sued Frith and the others saying the law gave them the right to survey.

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