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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Wittenberg University announced Wednesday that it has received a $6 million gift. Wittenberg President Mark Erickson said it is the largest cash gift ever received from a living individual to the university. WYSO's Wayne Baker reports.

When Dave Bauer was serving in the Vietnam War, he worked alongside human and canine soldiers. When Bauer got injured on the battlefield, he became aware of the sacrifices of the war dogs.

"I was laying there in the hospital, and they were operating on me and when I looked over on the other gurney, they were operating on a dog," he says.

Bauer received a Purple Heart for his service and is now a Clark County Veterans Commissioner. In 2009 he began raising funds to construct the War Dog Memorial, which honors dogs who serve a in a variety of capacities.

 

On Saturday officials gathered in Clark County for a ground-breaking ceremony at the Springfield-Beckley airport. It kicks off an 11.6 million dollar construction project that will benefit the Air National Guard Base housed at the airport. 

The project will result in a new administrative building and a training complex for the National Guard. It's being built by Tamsah Marker. The Bellefontaine-based company will also construct a warehouse facility and a parking lot to support the new complex.

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is eyeing the Springfield-Beckley Airport as a site for a new runway to be used for training involving the C-17 aircraft.

Base officials say Springfield Airport would be an ideal location to use for C-17 cargo transport training out of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.  The news comes as the base has been looking to cut costs.  As of now, the C-17 training missions fly out of state to hold assault training exercises.

Springfield is adding another piece to its citywide redevelopment plans, as city commissioners have approved turning five acres of green space into two 8,400 square foot restaurant and retail buildings.

Commissioners will allow the development to take place at the site of the former Roosevelt Middle school on North Limestone Street. The new development will be called the Limestone Center and will be built by PGI Development of Powell, Ohio.

PGI will also build two office buildings behind the restaurant and retail space, which will be a combined 30,000 square feet.

Judges for the nationwide America in Bloom contest will be descending on Springfield Thursday and Friday to evaluate the city's landscape for a chance to be named the Best Blooming City. 

two national experts in historic preservation and horticulture will be judging Springfield's community involvement aesthetics and heritage.  Judges will look closely at the city's urban forestry, landscaping, environmental efforts, floral display and community involvement. 

Clark County officials have notified 17 residents in the Lawrenceville area that they have until August 23rd to switch to the county's water system or rick having their water supply cut off. 

Last June, the county installed a water system in the Lawrenceville area.  It cost about $767,000.  But 17 residents have not connected to the new system yet, according to Clark County Utility Director Alice Godsey.  She says the old water system will be shut down in August and unless residents want to dig a well, they need to be connected to the new system. 

Springfield's Upper Valley Mall has struggled to survive in the past decade, but a new mega shoe store may give the shopping center a much needed boost and bring more jobs and tax revenue to the local economy.

"The store is called Encore, and the space itself is 31,500 square feet.  So it's going to be the largest shoe store in the state of Ohio," says Brenda LaBonte, manager of the Upper Valley Mall.  She says the store will bring thousands of shoppers and employ between 20 and 100 people.

The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a spending bill that includes $6.7 million for the Predator Operations Center at the Springfield Air National Guard Base. 

The money is a boost for the Base which hopes hosting the operations center will help ensure its future existence.  The funds were part of a larger $72.5 billion bill for military construction and Veteran Affairs programs.

The approved funding is also a big boost for the region which hopes to cement its foothold as a center for unmanned aircraft training, education and product development. 

Two new companies are coming to Springfield, one is an insurance firm and the other sells gift items.  Between the two of them, hundreds of the jobs could be coming to Clark County.  That's why the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, along with the Workforce Development Center, is holding a job fair tomorrorw to connect job seekers with employers.

With an 8.9% unemployment rate, Springfield's lackluster economy has made it hard to fine a job. But the situation is changing thanks to the arrival of 31 Gifts and Code Blue, and the growth isn't limited to these companies.

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