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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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. 

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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.

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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