Wayne Baker

Clark County Reporter

Wayne Baker is a graduate of Yellow Springs High School and Central State University. He has worked in print media for several years covering news and sports.  Baker has coached youth basketball in the Yellow Springs school system and served on the Human Relations Commission.

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The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery's satellite operation in Springfield's Upper Valley Mall is facing a tough decision. Even though attendance at the museum has been steady, the mall is struggling to survive.

Since 2012, Elder-Beerman, Macy's, JCPenney, Old Navy and Charlotte Russe have closed their doors. And just across the street, Hobby Lobby and K-Mart have recently shut down, too.

After a three-day trial and 90 minutes of deliberation, an eight-person Greene County jury delivered a verdict of not guilty for Yellow Springs Police Sergeant Naomi Penrod, who was accused of assaulting a resident last November.

Penrod was facing three misdemeanor charges including interfering with civil rights, assault and disorderly conduct stemming from an incident when she was caught on tape knocking a camera out of the hand of Athena Fannin.

Penrod was serving an eviction notice at Fannin's Allen Street residence, when Fannin began to videotape the sergeant.

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More than 50 people attended a rally organized by gay rights activists in downtown Springfield Wednesday night, to protest what they claim is unfair treatment by a probate judge.

After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples can legally marry, Clark County Probate Court Judge Richard Carey refused to affix his name on same-sex marriage licenses - citing his religious beliefs.

Rick Incorvati, of Equality Springfield, organized the rally. He says he thinks Judge Carey's action promotes discrimination.

The Tecumseh Local School District has selected Norm Glisman to become its next superintendent. He will replace Brad Martin who was convicted of using school funds to support a gambling habit.

Glisman, who was selected over three other candidates, explained that the Tecumseh School Board wants transparency and leadership from him.

Wittenberg is claiming the firm of Martin, Brown, Hull and Harper provided bad legal advice.

A Springfield law firm wants a misconduct lawsuit dismissed against it that was filed by Wittenberg University earlier this year.

Wittenberg claimed in the lawsuit that the firm of Martin, Brown, Hull and Harper provided bad legal advice that caused the school to suffer severe financial losses. The complaint alleges that two partners in the law firm had several conflicts of interest while representing the university. They're seeking $25,000 in damages.

One of those conflicts was the university's use of endowment funds to purchase the Springfield Museum of Art in 2010.

People for Safe Water displayed examples of the barrels containing hazardous waste at the Tremont City Barrel Fill.
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The group People for Safe Water held a public forum in Springfield this week to voice concerns over the Environmental Protection Agency's refusal to stick with its original cleanup plan for the Tremont City Barrel Fill.

The U.S. EPA stated in 2010 that they would clean up the Tremont City landfill by removing all of the 300,000 gallons of hazardous waste from the site for close to $55 million, but subsequently changed its plan. The new remedy calls for reburying some of the waste and empty drums for about half that.

The Board of Trustees at Clark State Community College has voted to enact a tuition freeze.

Effective immediately, Clark State President Dr. Jo Alice Blondin said the tuition freeze is good for a year for students enrolled in 30 credit hours per academic year.

As lawmakers decide on capping tuition for Ohio Colleges, Blondin noted that money received from the state has made it possible to freeze tuition.

The head of Springfield's NAACP is responding to the resignation of Spokane chapter president Rachel Dolezal.  The Spokane NAACP leader quit due to a widely-publicized controversy over her racial identity.

Dolezal resigned Monday after her parents, both of whom are white, claimed their daughter had lied about being black. They  supplied pictures detailing how their daughter had physically changed over the years to appear darker.

Springfield NAACP President Denise Williams, stated that race isn't a criteria for leadership in the NAACP.

Clark State Community College is part of a group of seven regional partners that will share a $50,000 grant from the Ohio Development Services Agency to study the need for a local aerospace engineering training center.

The money comes from a Local Government Innovation Fund grant and will help the partners examine how a training center would benefit high school and adult students in Clark and Greene Counties and the surrounding region.    

Greater Springfield Career ConnectED

The newly-formed Greater Springfield Career ConnectED Consortium held its first symposium in Springfield this week.

The event attracted more than 200 people, including educators and business leaders from across the country.

Kim Fish with Springfield City Schools, one of the ConnectED partners, explained the event helped show how the consortium will help students better prepare for college and careers after high school.