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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Clark State President Dr. Jo Alice Blondin, chamber executive, Chris Schutte, Miss Ohio Teen Shelby Stapleton, Miss Ohio Sarah Newkirk and Melissa Pitchford from the Miss Ohio Organization announce that Springfield will host 2016 pageant in November.
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It was announced at the annual Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce Expo Thursday evening, that the city will play host to the 2016 Miss Ohio USA Pageant in November at the Clark State Performing Arts Center. The pageant was previously held in Portsmouth, but officials believed that Springfield was a better location.

The event is expected to draw more than 2,000 people to Springfield and will generate a half million dollars for the local economy according to estimates from the chamber.

Miss P, a 4-year-old 15-inch beagle from British Columbia, took the top honors at the Westminster Dog Show this week and members of the Clark County Beagle Club were thrilled the breed was awarded Best in Show.

Miss P's win was considered a huge upset. Beagles have only captured first place twice since 1907. In 2008, a beagle named Uno also won.

Jim Davis is the president of the Clark County Beagle Club.  He says the dog's win is a victory for the everyday pet.

Weather conditions have caused the agency that will decide Wilberforce University's fate to postpone a planned visit to the campus.

The Higher Learning Commission issued a show-cause order last June alleging the university was out of compliance in several areas including its academic programs, finances and facilities.

In December, Wilberforce delivered a 3,000 page document to the commission explaining that it has improved the conditions on campus and should keep its accreditation.

Greene County Black Lives Matters and members from the Ohio Student Association were at the Federal Courthouse Thursday.
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Dozens of protesters braved single digit wind chill temperatures at the federal courthouse in Dayton Thursday afternoon to deliver letters to the U.S. attorney’s office about the case of John Crawford III.


Members from the group Greene County Black Lives Matter, which organized the demonstration, joined others to personally give US Attorney Carter M. Stewart letters written by citizens seeking justice in Crawford’s civil rights case.

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A state task force formed by Gov. John Kasich in December to help make the relationship between police and the communities they serve better, held its second meeting last night at Central State University.  The governor assembled the 24-person committee by Executive Order after several police-involved shootings around the country and in Ohio.

More than a dozen people testified before the committee on a range of issues, including racial profiling, police involved shootings and better training for law enforcement personnel.

Gov. John Kasich's proposed $72.3 billion budget includes cuts to more than half of Ohio's public school districts, but the superintendent of Springfield City Schools believes the budget will help his and many other districts.

Dr. David Estrop, who's in his final year as the head of Springfield City Schools, says poorer school district's like Springfield get more funding under the governor’s proposal.

Wilberforce University is the nation’s oldest, private historically black college and university (HBCU).
Wilberforce University

Wilberforce University held a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony Friday Jan. 30 for recently renovated buildings. The university continues to repair its facilities and academic programs to fight a show-cause order issued by the Higher Learning Commission.

The HLC issued the show-cause order last June alleging the university was out of compliance in several areas including its academic programs, finances and facilities.

Jeff Sellers, acting vice-president of institutional advancement, says repairing the campus facilities before an HLC visit next week was critical.

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The owners of the Upper Valley Mall in Springfield say they have no plans to sell or close the property right now. Patrons of the mall have been curious about its future after two of its three anchor stores closed recently.

Macy's and JCPenney both announced earlier this month that they will be permanently closing their mall locations in the spring. Sears will be the only remaining anchor store, with the Boonshoft Museum being the other major attraction.

A Yellow Springs police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave after being charged earlier today with three misdemeanor counts in Greene County Municipal Court.

The charges against Sgt. Naomi Penrod stem from a Nov. 5, 2014 incident involving village resident Athena Fannin, who alleges that Penrod forcibly grabbed a video camera from her while she was taping the sergeant during police activity.

The superintendent of the Tecumseh School District in Clark County was suspended without pay following allegations he used school funds to support a gambling habit. A school official states that superintendent Brad Martin is likely to lose his job.

Interim superintendent Paula Crew declined to go on air, but did state that an investigation by law enforcement revealed Martin apparently stole money from the school to spend more than 100 days gambling at a casino.