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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Springfield's Upper Valley Mall, built in 1971, has suffered from the loss of several anchor tenants.
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An online auction yielded a $2.65 million bid last Thursday for Springfield's financially troubled Upper Valley Mall.

The bidding process was completed on the website auction.com and exceeded the minimum asking price of $1.5 million attached to the 500,000 square foot property.

The mall will remain in escrow until the sale is finalized and then the new owner will be announced.

Sears is the only anchor store left at the mall and was not included in the sale because it owns its space.

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The Target Store in Springfield is closed, and a petition to keep the store open has been rejected.

The petition had a goal of 5,000 signatures, but only 3,089 had signed it by Thursday afternoon. A Target spokeswoman issued a statement later in the day saying the company respects its "loyal and dedicated customers," but had to close several stores in Ohio as part of a restructuring plan. A Target in Trotwood closed last year despite similar protests.

Clark County resident Karen Sloane was hoping this petition would have an effect.

Wilberforce President Dr. Algeania Freeman
Wilberforce University

Wilberforce University, the oldest private black university in the country, announced today that the show-cause order issued against them last year and threatened its accreditation has been removed.

Last June, the Higher Learning Commission issued the show-cause order alleging the university was out of compliance in several areas including its academic programs, finances and facilities.

Then Wilberforce presented a 3,000-plus page document to the commission in December detailing plans to fix the problems listed in the show-cause order.

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A large group of Antioch College students and staff members gathered in front of the campus Thursday afternoon to show solidarity with students at the University of Missouri who have accused the administration there of ignoring alleged acts of racism on campus.

Antioch student Marcell Vanarsdale thinks that students at the campus are united in standing up against racism. He was happy to see such a large turnout of Antioch students at the rally.

Wittenberg hired Dr. Laurie Joyner to be its first female president in July of 2012. Now, after nearly four years on the job, Joyner is leaving the university.

Wendy Kobler, interim vice-president of advancement, confirmed Joyner's resignation Wednesday evening.

"Dr. Joyner has resigned from her post as president and will leave Wittenberg University on Friday, Nov. 6. She was elected to serve Wittenberg University by the board of directors in 2012, so she was in her fourth year," Kobler said.

Incumbent Mayor Warren Copeland won a landslide victory over challenger Fred Stegner. Copeland garnered 63 percent of the vote.

Municipal Court Judge Gene Nevius, another incumbent, defeated Daniel Carey, an assistant Clark County prosecutor, in a close race. Nevius gained another six-year term with a 51 to 49 percent victory.

Incumbent Springfield Township Trustee Tim Foley won re-election over Springfield Township Fire Chief John Roeder in unofficial results.

Warren Copeland became Springfield's first directly elected mayor in 2003. He is facing challenger Fred Stegner on the Nov. 3 ballot. 

Stegner is a retired military vet and a self-proclaimed thorn in city hall’s side. He runs the Springfield Soup Kitchen, and has dubbed Springfield, “Third World,” because of homelessness and poverty issues he says Copeland and other politicians are ignoring.

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On Tuesday, voters will decide three major statewide issues, but there are also some important local campaigns.

Both Democrats and Republicans have launched major voter turnout efforts in advance of the November 2014 election.  vote election voters
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The Nov. 3 ballot in Clark County is a crowded one.

There are 31 candidates running for 17 open school board seats across the county. Greenon, Northwestern, Tecumseh, Northeastern, Springfield City and the Clark County Board of Education all have contested races, with at least one incumbent running in each.

The Clark County Board of Education has two open seats, with one incumbent and four other candidates running.

Other contested races include incumbent Municipal Court Judge Gene Nevius squaring off against Daniel Carey, an assistant Clark County prosecutor.

The Hispanic Outreach Program in Springfield, helps younger students all the way through graduation.
Scott Marshall / Springfield City Schools

The White House is recognizing Springfield City School District’s Hispanic Outreach Program. It’s been named one of the “150 National Commitments to Action.”


Lordes Narvaez Soto coordinates the program, which serves more than 400 Latino children in the school district. It does more than just help kids get through school, it also connects parents and their children with housing, clothing, medical care and legal aid.