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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

Congressman Brat And Virginia Attorney General React To Travel Order

President Trump has issued a new travel order affecting seven Muslim countries. Reaction from Virginia’s elected officials has been along party lines. Republicans like it, Democrat don’t.

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, who filed a legal challenge of the original travel order said the new one “sends a horrible message to the world.” Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, also Democrats, issued statements disagreeing with President Trump.

Neighbors Say Sussex Landfill Smell is a Health Issue

A number of people who live in Prince George have told county supervisors the smell emanating from the nearby Sussex Landfill, operated by Atlantic Waste Disposal, has become a health issue.

A year ago, the company entered into an emergency consent order with the state department of environmental quality to deal with the odor. The agency’s Bill Hayden said they’ve had a lot of difficulty getting this accomplished. “DEQ has been working with them to get this fixed by June 30th of this year,” said Hayden.

Grant Will Help VCU Dogs-on-Call Program Expand

The Center for Human-Animal Interaction was founded in 2001 in the Department of Psychiatry at VCU School of Medicine. A $20,000 grant from the PETCO Foundation will help expand its internationally recognized Dogs on Call program.

Psychiatry Professor, Dr. Sandra Barker, explained, “We have close to 70 dogs and last year we reached 36,000 people in the medical center, which is pretty amazing.”

Warm Cold Weather Pattern Threatens Virginia Fruit Crops

The very warm/very cold weather pattern that damaged fruit crops in Virginia last winter is repeating this year and growers agree the next couple of months are going to be critical.

I asked Elaine Lidholm, at the state Department of Agriculture, about Virginia’s normal winter weather patterns. She said,"You know I’m not sure what the weather pattern traditionally is anymore because it seems like we have as many aberrations as we have falling the pattern."

Temple Avenue Roundabout Construction Update

The Virginia Department of Transportation began work on a roundabout on Temple Avenue in Colonial Heights off Interstate 95 in 2015. The decision to build it was based on an increase in traffic delays and accidents. There are 32 points of conflict at the intersection.

The work continues but the end is in sight.

Temple Avenue is the first Tri-Cities exit from the interstate and some 30,000 vehicles pass through the area every work day.

RAA Wins International Award Again

The Richmond Ambulance Authority has once again been designated as an Accredited Center of Excellence (ACE) by the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch, the highest distinction in 911 emergency communication.

Danny Garrison RAA’s Director of Communications, explained that the Academy sets strict regularly updated standard protocols.

"Whether one of my people answers the phone on somebody in Europe using the same protocol answers the phone that caller is going to get the same set of instructions to treat that medical emergency no matter where they are."

The 2017 National Unmanned Aerial Systems Drone Summit

Law enforcement and rescue personnel from all over the U.S. are in Crozet this week for the three day National Unmanned Aerial Systems Drone Summit. They’re sharing resources and experiences and learning more about unmanned aircraft systems.

The event is taking place at the King Family Vineyard and is sponsored by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and Piedmont Community College.

Eight Modern Row Houses Coming to Thompson at Cutshaw

In area business news, an office building at North Thompson Street and Cutshaw Avenue, between Richmond’s Museum District and Scott’s Addition, is being demolished next week. In its place, eight modern row houses will be built in a development called Meridian.

Developer Carter Snipes said it is not in an historic district so it’s possible to create a new look with a somewhat traditional feel. “You really don’t want to mimic the historic architecture, you want to create architecture that is of its own day and age,” said Snipes.