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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Four Northwestern High School seniors have plead not guilty to felony charges in connection with a senior prank that caused the district to postpone a fourth grade field trip and cancel classes. 

Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly noted that the four teens allegedly removed the valve stems and flattened 60 tires on 24 school buses. The vandalism, according to Kelly, will be costly for the district.

Both Democrats and Republicans have launched major voter turnout efforts in advance of the November 2014 election.  vote election voters
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According to unofficial numbers from the Montgomery County Board of Elections, only 8.3 percent of registered voters turned out for Tuesday's primary.

A Springfield manufacturing company plans to add 40 new jobs over the next three years. The company had planned to ship the new jobs to Mexico but will remain in Clark County after receiving a  tax break.

The Ohio Tax Credit Authority recently approved a seven-year, 45 percent commercial tax break for Pentaflex Inc. 

CEO David Arndt explained that his stamping and tooling company, which has been in business since 1972, has grown since the recession in 2009, and he's glad to be staying in Springfield.

The superintendent of the Tecumseh School District in Clark County has accepted a plea deal related to three felony counts that stated he used school funds to support a gambling habit.
 

An investigation by law enforcement revealed Brad Martin stole money from the school to spend more than 300 days gambling at a casino.

Under the term's of Martin's deal, he plead guilty to three felony charges and will make restitution to the district from his State Teachers Retirement account.

Clark County now has enough pollworkers to cover the May 5 election, as the board of elections recruited enough people this week to avoid being short staffed on election day.
 

Clark County Board of Elections Director Matthew Tlachac explained that there was a flood of applications that came in just a week before the May 5 primary.

"As of right now we are in good shape and we have a significant amount of back up workers on call that we can call upon if necessary," he said.

When voters hit the polls, they will decide on several tax issues.

Wright State University students and members of the Ohio Student Association gathered Thursday afternoon to discuss recent racial tensions on the Wright State campus. 

Earlier this week, a group of WSU students sent a letter to President David Hopkins asking him to address concerns that included black students being threatened during a recent protest on campus and an Islamic student being harassed via the internet.

Central State University, Ohio's only public, historically black college, has been placed on fiscal watch by the Ohio Board of Regents because of financial problems. 

Senate Bill 6, a law passed in 1997, empowered the Regents to audit the fiscal health of Ohio's colleges and universities. Central State has scored badly in the audit for the last two years.

Officials from the Higher Learning Commission are inspecting the facilities and academic programs at Wilberforce University this week, and the future of the nation's oldest black, private university is at stake.

The Higher Learning Commission regulates accreditation. Last June, the HLC found the university was out of compliance in several areas including its academic programs, finances and facilities. Now, the commission is back to see how Wilberforce has addressed those problems.

Students have a chance to get help with school through the outreach program. hispanic springfield latino
Scott Marshall / Springfield City Schools

Most recently on Graduating Latino, we visited Trotwood-Madison schools to learn about challenges for Latino students. Now we head to Clark County, where the number of kids identified as Hispanic doubled from 2002 to 2012. The Springfield City School District is reaching outside of the classroom to help families succeed.

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The largest structure in downtown Springfield, which was once home to one of the biggest publishing companies in the country is being demolished, but the project hasn't gone as planned as several court-ordered deadlines for the project have been missed.

This giant 900,000 square foot brick structure looks like a Lego building someone knocked down parts of. Back in the 1940s, Crowell-Collier Publishing used to print more than 20 million magazines per month here. By 1957, the company was in financial trouble and left the massive structure on High and Lowry Streets empty.

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