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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Around the Miami Valley
12:55 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

First Inclusive Playground To Be Built In Clark County

Nearly 100 volunteers will gather at Snyder Park in Springfield on Saturday to help build the first playground  in Clark County that will allow disabled kids to interact with non-disabled children.  The Springfield Rotary Club developed the idea to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

Rotary Club Chairwoman Mel Marsh says there were many ideas tossed around about how the organization could commemorate its anniversary, but the inclusive playground was the best.

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Around the Miami Valley
5:11 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Cedarville Tornado Catagorized An EF3

Storm damage on Federal Road in Cedarville
Credit Barb Sloan

The National Weather Service has determined that the tornado that touched down in Cedarville Wednesday has been classified as an EF3. Several homes and buildings were destroyed by the intense storm that hit the village around 6 p.m.

Forecaster John Franks with the National Weather Service out of Wilmington said Wednesday’s storm was narrow, but contained deadly winds.

The estimated maximum wind speed of that storm was 145 mph and the EF3 category runs from 136 to 165 mph," Franks said.

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Around the Miami Valley
7:44 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Storms Spawn Tornado In Cedarville

Barber Road farm hit by tornado
Credit Barb Sloan

A severe storm front moving through the Miami Valley produced at least one confirmed tornado touchdown in Cedarville.  Several buildings were demolished and as many as four people had to be extricated from the basement of a home near Barber and Weimer Roads.  

Rosanne Anders of the Greene County Emergency Management Agency says EMS personnel responded to the scene and that there were "minor injuries that required no transportation to the hospital." 

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Education
5:47 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Estrop set to retire as superintendent of Springfield City Schools

Springfield City Schools Superintendent Dr. David Estrop has announced his retirement. Estrop's departure is a result of legislative changes to the state’s retirement program.

Estrop has been superintendent for five years and has spent nearly 45 years in education. He explained that  changes in the cost-of-living rules and the age and years-of-service requirements for full benefits in the state teachers retirement system is forcing many of Ohio's experienced educators to retire sooner than later.

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Around the Miami Valley
6:54 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

U.S. Marshals Capture Springfield Shooting Suspect

U.S. Marshals have arrested a teenage fugitive wanted in connection to the shooting death of 17-year-old Springfield high school student Jeffrey Wellington early Easter morning. Tyrin Hawkins, 17, is now in custody in the Clark County Juvenile Jail

Hawkins was arrested in Dayton by the Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team or SOFAST, which is made up of nearly two dozen area law enforcement agencies and U.S. Marshals.

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