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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Wayne Baker / WYSO

Residents and local officials in the village of Tremont City are challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Ohio EPA over the cleanup of a landfill.  Clark County residents are voicing their opposition on a plan developed by the U.S. EPA to clean up nearly 300,000 gallons of industrial waste that has been buried at the Tremont City landfill Superfund site since the late 1970s.

The group Equality Springfield wants people to join them at this week's Springfield City Commission meeting.
Equality Springfield

The group Equality Springfield is trying to bring people to the Springfield City Commission meeting Tuesday night at 7 p.m. to protest discrimination.

Three years ago, Springfield’s commission rejected a change in the city's ordinance, which would have banned workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Equality Springfield members want people to attend the commission meeting on the three year anniversary.

About four in five Ohio workers are NOT covered by LGBT non-discrimination rules.

A contract dispute between Developmental Disabilities of Clark County and a group of unionized employees has reached a stalemate. The union workers have been operating without a contract since last March.

The agency runs the FF Mueller Residential Center, which is a 24-hour care facility. Forty-five members of the UAW Local 658 who work at the center have set a date of March 16 to strike if a contract isn’t agreed upon.

Melissa Dabe of Developmental Disabilities explained that there are several issues on the table.

Dr. David Estrop and Mario Basora held a press conference to explain why their respective school districts are applying for assessment testing waivers from the state.
Wayne Baker / WYSO

Both Springfield and Yellow Springs school districts are applying for a five-year waiver to opt out of significant state and federal testing requirements. There was a little staged magic involved in today's press conference on the issue.

Both Springfield and Yellow Springs are part of the Innovation Lab Network - a group of schools that use alternative teaching models. Estrop was also speaking for the Global STEM Academy in Springfield that is also applying for a waiver.

Three finalists have been selected to replace Dr. David Estrop as superintendent of the Springfield City Schools. Estrop is retiring at the end of the school year, and the school board is hoping to select his replacement by the end of March.

District Treasurer Dale Miller says the finalists are all superintendents of other Ohio school districts: Robert Hill from Firelands Local School District in Cleveland, Guy Parmigian from Benton-Carroll-Salem Local School District in Oak Harbor, and Carl Metzger from South-Western City Schools in Grove City.

Wayne Baker / WYSO

Protesters from Greene County Black Lives Matter faced bitter temperatures at the federal courthouse in Dayton Friday afternoon to meet with U.S. Attorney Carter M. Stewart of Ohio's Southern District about the case of John Crawford III. Six members of the group personally delivered a stack of letters to Stewart while others waited outside.

Clark State President Dr. Jo Alice Blondin, chamber executive, Chris Schutte, Miss Ohio Teen Shelby Stapleton, Miss Ohio Sarah Newkirk and Melissa Pitchford from the Miss Ohio Organization announce that Springfield will host 2016 pageant in November.
Laurie Means / Clark State

It was announced at the annual Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce Expo Thursday evening, that the city will play host to the 2016 Miss Ohio USA Pageant in November at the Clark State Performing Arts Center. The pageant was previously held in Portsmouth, but officials believed that Springfield was a better location.

The event is expected to draw more than 2,000 people to Springfield and will generate a half million dollars for the local economy according to estimates from the chamber.

Miss P, a 4-year-old 15-inch beagle from British Columbia, took the top honors at the Westminster Dog Show this week and members of the Clark County Beagle Club were thrilled the breed was awarded Best in Show.

Miss P's win was considered a huge upset. Beagles have only captured first place twice since 1907. In 2008, a beagle named Uno also won.

Jim Davis is the president of the Clark County Beagle Club.  He says the dog's win is a victory for the everyday pet.

Weather conditions have caused the agency that will decide Wilberforce University's fate to postpone a planned visit to the campus.

The Higher Learning Commission issued a show-cause order last June alleging the university was out of compliance in several areas including its academic programs, finances and facilities.

In December, Wilberforce delivered a 3,000 page document to the commission explaining that it has improved the conditions on campus and should keep its accreditation.

Greene County Black Lives Matters and members from the Ohio Student Association were at the Federal Courthouse Thursday.
Steve Bognar / WYSO

Dozens of protesters braved single digit wind chill temperatures at the federal courthouse in Dayton Thursday afternoon to deliver letters to the U.S. attorney’s office about the case of John Crawford III.


Members from the group Greene County Black Lives Matter, which organized the demonstration, joined others to personally give US Attorney Carter M. Stewart letters written by citizens seeking justice in Crawford’s civil rights case.