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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Wilberforce University is the nation’s oldest, private historically black college and university (HBCU).
Wilberforce University

Wilberforce University now has less than a month to fight a Show Cause Order that could strip the school of its accreditation. There have been big administrative changes made in order to help the university keep its doors open.

To address the Show Cause Order from the Higher Learning Commission, Wilberforce hired a new President Dr. Algeania Freeman, and recently appointed 11 new board of trustee members. New board chair Mark Wilson, says they've been working overtime to address the commission's concerns.

The Springfield School District and the Clark State Foundation have awarded college tuition to 41 students expected to graduate from Springfield High School.

The Champion City Scholars Program targets low-income middle school students who will become the first in their families to earn a college degree. Selected students are eligible for up to three years of college at Clark State or assistance with tuition at another college—but they have to commit early to graduating from high school.

courtesy of Clark State

The efforts of a local Iraq war veteran to create something special to honor the memory of our nation’s fallen soldiers will be on display today in Springfield, as a student driven art memorial project will be officially dedicated today on the campus of Clark State Community College.

Clark State student Scott Cody is an Iraq war veteran. Last year, he brought the idea of an art memorial to the school's President Jo Alice Blondin, as a way to help veterans on campus feel embraced by the college community. She thought it would be a great gift to veterans on and off campus.

There's a chance that Wilberforce University could lose its accreditation, but the university is about to get some help from one of its biggest supporters in order to keep its doors open.

The African American Episcopal Church put together the fundraising campaign to help Wilberforce battle a show cause order from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The order states that the university could lose its accreditation due to fiscal and academic difficulties.

Several Clark County races appeared to be competitive heading into Election Day, but with 100 percent of precincts reporting, unofficial voting totals revealed that GOP candidates were victorious in all of the contests.

The race for Clark County commissioner between incumbent Republican Rick Lohnes, who is one of two GOP members on the three person commission, defeated Democrat David Herier. Lohnes captured 60 percent of the vote.

A cornfield behind Antioch University Midwest on Dayton could become a business park called the CBE.
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The Greene County Public Library was one of several dozen Ohio library systems asking voters for money. The library was asking for a 9/10-mill increase and renewal of its previous five-year levy. With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, unofficial results show the levy passing with 58 percent of the voters approving the measure.

Election Day is less than 24 hours away, but the Greene County Board of Elections could still use a few more poll workers. 

Greene County Board of Elections Director Llyn McCoy states that the county is still short of people to work the polls Tuesday. She stated that usually there are four workers, two Republicans and two Democrats that  are present at each of the county’s 146 precincts. But this year, due to a shortage of people, workers have been trained to work in team's of three.

As election day draws closer, several Clark County races have heated up. The race for a seat as a Clark County commissioner between incumbent Republican Rick Lohnes, who is one of two GOP members on the three person commission, and attorney David Herier, a Democrat, is one to watch closely, according to political analyst Rob Baker of Wittenberg University.

Some Clark County voters will be casting their ballots at new locations this election day after the Clark County Board of Elections changed several polling locations to accommodate people with disabilities.

Election board members had to find new locations after the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office conducted a preliminary voting inspection and found that nearly a dozen polling places failed to meet accessibility requirements for people with disabilities.

Clark County-based Speedway is expanding and adding jobs.
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  Clark County is likely to see a boost in employment opportunities over the next five years as Speedway and Dole add jobs.

At a recent job growth conference in Springfield, the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce and members of the Dayton Development Coalition pointed to Speedway and Dole's expansion as key factors in Clark County's growth. Speedway is projected to add 350 jobs and Dole expects to add another 150 jobs in the next five years.

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