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 Economy & Business
5:03 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Bob Evans Sells Springfield Meat Processing Center

Bob Evans Farms has sold its Springfield sausage production facility. The plant has been sold to a California-based private equity firm.

The plant, which makes soups, gravy and sausage, along with another production plant in Bidwell, Ohio and Bob Evans' former headquarters in Columbus, were all sold to New Mill Capital.

New Mill Capital purchased the Springfield facility for $90,000. As a result of the plant's sale, 52 jobs will be lost when the company officially closes later this year.
 

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Education
11:08 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Springfield's Global Stem Impact Academy Hires New Director

Springfield's Global Stem Impact Academy is moving forward with plans to open this fall. The academy has found a new location and permanent director.

The Academy's plan to open this fall in the old South High School site was derailed in January when the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission released a report questioning the viability of the school that was proposed by Sen. Chris Widener. Widener says the academy will be the first regional science, technology, engineering and math school in the state focused on the agricultural-bioscience and food service industries.

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Education
2:40 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Jo Alice Blondin Selected as Clark State's Next President

Clark State Community College has selected a new president.  Dr. Jo Alice Blondin will take over for Karen Rafinsky, who announced that she would retire at the end of the school year.

Since 2006, Dr. Blondin has served as the chancellor of the Ozark Campus at Arkansas Tech University. She is credited with growing the enrollment by 600 percent.
 
Blondin says she is excited about the opportunity to lead Clark State and has identified the challenges that lie ahead.

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Around the Miami Valley
5:03 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

TAC Industries Loses Jobs to Sequestration

A Clark County business has been forced to layoff employees due to sequestration. TAC Industries has cut 17 production and office workers due to the loss of revenue from government contracts.

TAC Industries CEO Mary Brandstetter says the sequestration process has caused her company to see an 82 percent decrease in a military cargo net manufacturing contract. Dropping revenue from $6 and a half million to $1 and a quarter million.

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Around the Miami Valley
4:56 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

The Deputy Suzanne Hopper Act Passes Ohio Senate


Senate Bill 7 has passed the Ohio Senate with bi-partisan support. The legislation also knows as The Deputy Suzanne Hopper Act, was named after the sheriff's deputy who was killed in 2011 in Enon, after responding to a call of shots fired on New Year’s Day.

Senate Bill 7 was jointly sponsored by State Senators Chris Widener and Bill Beagle.

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