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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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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