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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People for Safe Water displayed examples of the barrels containing hazardous waste at the Tremont City Barrel Fill.
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The group People for Safe Water held a public forum in Springfield this week to voice concerns over the Environmental Protection Agency's refusal to stick with its original cleanup plan for the Tremont City Barrel Fill.

The U.S. EPA stated in 2010 that they would clean up the Tremont City landfill by removing all of the 300,000 gallons of hazardous waste from the site for close to $55 million, but subsequently changed its plan. The new remedy calls for reburying some of the waste and empty drums for about half that.

The Board of Trustees at Clark State Community College has voted to enact a tuition freeze.

Effective immediately, Clark State President Dr. Jo Alice Blondin said the tuition freeze is good for a year for students enrolled in 30 credit hours per academic year.

As lawmakers decide on capping tuition for Ohio Colleges, Blondin noted that money received from the state has made it possible to freeze tuition.

The head of Springfield's NAACP is responding to the resignation of Spokane chapter president Rachel Dolezal.  The Spokane NAACP leader quit due to a widely-publicized controversy over her racial identity.

Dolezal resigned Monday after her parents, both of whom are white, claimed their daughter had lied about being black. They  supplied pictures detailing how their daughter had physically changed over the years to appear darker.

Springfield NAACP President Denise Williams, stated that race isn't a criteria for leadership in the NAACP.

Clark State Community College is part of a group of seven regional partners that will share a $50,000 grant from the Ohio Development Services Agency to study the need for a local aerospace engineering training center.

The money comes from a Local Government Innovation Fund grant and will help the partners examine how a training center would benefit high school and adult students in Clark and Greene Counties and the surrounding region.    

Greater Springfield Career ConnectED

The newly-formed Greater Springfield Career ConnectED Consortium held its first symposium in Springfield this week.

The event attracted more than 200 people, including educators and business leaders from across the country.

Kim Fish with Springfield City Schools, one of the ConnectED partners, explained the event helped show how the consortium will help students better prepare for college and careers after high school.

Wittenberg University and Clark State Community College in Springfield are partnering on a nursing degree program.


The collaboration will allow students to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree and Bachelor of Science in Nursing in four years by taking classes at both schools.

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A Clark County sheriff's deputy has been fired after admitting to publishing racist tweets.  A concerned citizen saw the posts on Twitter and realized they belonged to a member of local law enforcement.

Tuesday night, Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly says he received an email containing social media posts from one of his deputies, Zachary Davis, that were made in late April. The posts encouraged the use of deadly force against protesters in Baltimore along with racist language to describe African-Americans.

Springfield's collegiate summer baseball franchise, the Champion City Kings, is starting its second season next week.  The team's first year was a financial and entertainment success and they are looking to build on that.

An average attendance of 544 people per game last season, helped the Kings pump more than $2 million into the local economy. Former pro player and general manager Rick White, believes the franchise will perform even better this year.

Brad Martin has submitted his resignation as the superintendent of the Tecumseh School District in Clark County.  The school board voted unanimously to accept his resignation on Tuesday, but deny any severance pay.

Martin had been suspended without pay since January and recently accepted a plea deal related to three felony counts that stated he used school funds to support a gambling habit.

An investigation by law enforcement revealed Brad Martin stole money from the school to spend more than 300 days gambling at a casino.

Four Northwestern High School seniors have plead not guilty to felony charges in connection with a senior prank that caused the district to postpone a fourth grade field trip and cancel classes. 

Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly noted that the four teens allegedly removed the valve stems and flattened 60 tires on 24 school buses. The vandalism, according to Kelly, will be costly for the district.