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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The Environment
6:29 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Wittenberg Students Team Up With Springfield To Fight Storm Water Problem

Wittenberg professor Sarah Fortner and Springfield Stormwater Coordinator Sky Schelle, are working with students to develop rain gardens in the city and on campus.
Credit Zeb Reichert / WYSO

Wittenberg geology students and the city of Springfield have paired up to reduce pollution in area rivers and streams.  The partnership is expected to save the city money and serve as a learning experience for students.

Buck Creek cuts through the middle of Springfield. Trees line the banks and in the warmer months, kayaking and other activities are common recreation. But there’s a problem. During heavy rains, the sewage system gets overwhelmed.

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Education
6:00 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Springfield-Clark CTC Finalist For Straight A Funding

The Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center, or CTC, is one of three area schools set to receive awards Monday from Gov. Kasich's $250 million Straight A Fund project. The money allows schools from around the state to compete for grants designed to award innovative ways of learning and teaching.

The idea of this grant is to turn CTC into a learning lab for energy education.

Students will have hands on experience doing energy auditing, which means students will learn how to make buildings more energy efficient by looking at things like poor insulation and leaks.

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Arts & Culture
3:10 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

Springfield Arts Council Undergoes Management Changes

The Springfield Arts Council board of directors has voted to change the organization's operation structure.  The board has decided to eliminate the position of executive director, while creating two positions to run the organization.

The board decided to follow the trend of what other arts council are doing, to have an artistic director and business manager instead of just having an executive director handle both jobs.

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Around the Miami Valley
10:06 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Pawn Shops Provide Alternative Shopping Opportunity During Holidays

Credit Wayne Baker / WYSO

Black Friday is known for crowded malls and long lines outside of big retail stores.  But with more people strapped for cash these days, pawn shops are becoming a holiday shopping destination.

It's not your parent's pawnshop anymore, according to Larry Beloff, the president of Max's Jewelers and Loan Company in Springfield. He says with new shows on reality TV, like Pawn Stars and Hardcore Pawn, these shops have taken on new appeal.

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Education
7:57 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Wilberforce Forms Transition Team To Find A New President

Wilberforce University announced Thursday that it has organized a transition team to help guide the school in its search to find a a replacement for retiring President Patricia Hardaway whose resignation is effective on December 31.  The school's Board of Trustees hopes the team can find a leader who can bring a fresh vision to the university which is struggling to survive.

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