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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Enon-based Speedway announced this morning that it is expanding operations. The company is estimating that the expansion will bring over 300 new jobs to Clark County over a three year period.

Mike McDorman, president of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, indicated that Speedway's expansion plans include buying an office building in Springfield’s NextEdge Applied Research and Technology Park, while also investing $9 million in its current headquarters.

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Clark County is seeing its tourism industry grow according to a recently released economic report. The study done by Oxford Economics reveals that tourism contributes almost $368 million per year to the county's economy.

Chris Schutte, of the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, released the findings of the study which shows an increase of $42 million since 2011. He feels there are a few key factors involved with the financial improvement.

Barb Slone

Two Clark County businesses located at the Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport received a boost from the recent Barnstorming Carnival, an air show that was held on the site last weekend. Both companies hope the event generated more support for the airport.

Attendees turned out to enjoy Clark County's first ever Barnstorming Carnival at Springfield Beckley Municipal Airport. airplane
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  The Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport and Airpark hosted the first-ever Barnstorming Carnival in the area over the weekend. 

Xenia resident Dewey Davenport organized the event. He was pleased with the attendance and volunteer support that helped make the two-day carnival successful.

Aviation enthusiasts in the Clark County area will get to have an air show of their own this weekend. The Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport and Airpark will be the site for the first-ever Barnstorming Carnival in the area.

Pilots from all over the country will fly their vintage planes mostly from the 1920s and 1930s to Springfield. Dewey Davenport organized the event. He says Barnstorming refers to that era when pilots would go from town to town, usually landing on a farm and then offer rides to people for money.

Payne Seminary

The NAACP and Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce have partnered to tackle the issue of HIV and AIDS in the black community. The civil rights organization says its research shows that one in sixteen black men and one in thirty-two black women will contract HIV.

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Springfield's former South High School, built in the early 1900s, is on its way to becoming an educational hub for students. Recently, a consortium of four local schools received an $11.3 million state Straight A grant for the renovation.

South High will now be called the Greater Springfield Career ConnectED Center, and it will house the  Global Impact Stem Academy,  Springfield City Schools, Clark-Shawnee Local and the Career Tech Center under the title of College and Career Readiness Hub. The plan is to offer education for in-demand careers and become a center of innovation. 

Jerry Kenney

The Dayton Dragons minor league baseball team, the Single-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, has been sold to three investors, who have backgrounds in banking and pro sports.  The sale of the team came at a pricetag of nearly $40 million.

Palisades Arcadia Baseball, owned by three Harvard Graduates - Michael Savit, Nick Sakellariadis and Greg Rosenbaum - bought the team from Mandalay Baseball Properties. Dragons Executive Vice-President Eric Deutsch confirmed the deal.

The agency responsible for accrediting schools in Ohio  has informed Wilberforce University that the school is in danger of losing its accreditation.  School officials believe it will be an uphill battle to fix the situation.

The Ohio Higher Learning Commission issued a "Show-Cause Order" letter to Wilberforce this week, which means the school must prove that its accreditation shouldn't be removed.

Ohio kids playing soccer in 2012.
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This year's World Cup is being played in Brazil, which spent $14 billion to prepare for the month-long tournament. Meanwhile, the  financial and cultural impact of soccer is growing around the Miami Valley.

Soccer is viewed as the “people’s game” outside of United States, according to Steve Dawson, head of men's soccer at Wittenberg University.

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