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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Around the Miami Valley
4:54 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Springfield's Downtown Ice Rink to Open in October

An organization from Columbus called Chiller has been hired by Clark County Commissioners to manage Springfield's downtown ice arena. The group is owned and operated by the majority owner of the Columbus Blue Jackets professional hockey team. 

The 12-year $8.5 million ice rink project recently got a huge boost when the Chiller group signed a five-year contract to handle day-to-day operations.

The Chief Executive Officer of the National Trail and Parks District, Leann Costello, is pleased with the arrangement.

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Around the Miami Valley
2:58 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

United Rehabilitation Services Helping Disabled Youth Prepare to Work

The United Rehabilitation Services is helping young people with disabilities in the Clark County area gain vocational skills.  The organization is helping students get hands on training regarding the employment process.

URS has started a Summer Youth Program, which is a 6-week class serving young people with disabilities between the ages of 18 to 22. The class will teach 35 youths from Clark, Champaign, Madison and Miami Counties about job interview skills, creating cover letters and resumes, and how to fill out applications.
 

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Around the Miami Valley
4:21 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Highlands Church in Clark County Opens its Doors to LGBTQ Community

Springfield's Highlands United Church of Christ is the first church in Clark County under the UCC umbrella to open its doors to the gay and lesbian community.  Highlands also plans to honor marriage equality.
 
Gary Percesepe has been pastor at Highlands since 2006. He says his church wants to stand for human rights and affirm LGBTQ people.

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Around the Miami Valley
1:51 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Clark County Townships Oppose Recreational Designation for Mad River

Environmental groups are working to designate 22 miles of the Mad River in Clark County as recreational space.  The process is being delayed due to controversy as to what that label will mean for  residents.

It's a win-win situation for Clark County according to Aaron Rourke, he's with the group Rivers Unlimited, that's working with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to designate the area as recreation.

That means the state agency will manage that portion of the river which Rourke says is a good thing because it will improve the landscape.

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