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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Ohio lawmakers recently passed a new provision in House Bill 487 that will ease the restrictions of the Common Core education standards in Ohio Schools. The change in the law was good news to Springfield City Schools.

The Common Core is a set of standards that recommends when students should be successfully passing certain math and reading skills. Superintendent Dr. David Estrop believes that Common Core isn't a bad idea, but its implementation was moving too fast.

Western College for Women in Oxford, Ohio, for Mississippi in June 1964.
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Miami Valley college students have joined forces with a statewide youth organization  to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Mississippi Freedom Summer. The group will make a trip to Jackson, Mississippi next week to honor the Freedom Fighters of 1964, students and activists who descended on the south from all over the country to fight for voting rights and other civil rights alongside black southern organizers.

A Clark County Church has organized a walk on Saturday morning in order to raise community awareness concerning the recent rise of violent crime in Springfield.  Police Chief Stephen Moody said there have been five shootings in the city since the end of May.

The Restored Life Ministries Church has been holding an event focused on domestic violence for the past three years, but with the recent uptick in gun violence, the church group is expanding the scope of this year's walk to include all acts of violence.

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Clark County based Speedway has reached an agreement to purchase Hess Retail Holdings for $2.8 billion dollars. The deal makes Speedway one of the largest convenience store chains in the country.

Hess operates out of New York City and is the largest operator of convenience stores along the East Coast. Speedway's corporate headquarters are in Enon, and the company is a subsidiary of the Marathon Petroleum Company.

Angelia Graves, director of public and state government affairs for Marathon, says the deal is a win-win for both companies.

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The local radio stations that once flourished in Clark County have been gone for twenty-five or more, but they have not been forgotten. The Clark County Historical Society recently hosted an event that took a look back.

Cox media journalist Darryl Bauer emceed the event that covered Springfield's radio heydey - the 1920s through the 1990s. Five stations; dominated the airwaves playing everything from Christian programming to soul music.

The Delta T-90 Solar House
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The Westcott House in Springfield hosted a ribbon cutting Thursday for its newest attraction. The Solar House will be unveiled directly behind the Frank Lloyd Wright designed home on High Street.

The Solar House was created by students at Vermont’s Norwich University for a solar design competition in in California last year and will be used for educational purposes. 

"This space allows us to offer classes and different workshops to teach people about sustainable architecture," says Marta Wojcik, executive director and curator of the Westcott House.

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Clark County's new amateur minor league baseball team, the Champion City Kings, will open its season Wednesday night at Carleton Davidson Stadium in Springfield against the Chillicothe Paints.  The franchise is expected to pump more than $2 million into the local economy.

Springfield resident and former pro player Rick White is the general manager of the Kings. He says the Champion City Kings will offer fans a good time that's not hard on the wallet.

Two Clark County men who served in Vietnam have teamed up to raise money to build a granite monument listing Clark County veterans who died in the war. David Bauer and Randy Ark's project has received overwhelming support from the community and is near completion.

Bauer came up with the idea of creating a memorial to honor those who died in Vietnam and drew a sketch on a piece of paper of what it should look like. Then he and Ark took the rendering to Josh Walters of Dodds Monuments in Springfield. Walters liked what he saw.

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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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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