Tony Mazur

Tony Mazur

Some two weeks after the settlement with Nexus, some residents of Green are none too please with their city’s response.

Green mayor Gerard Neugebauer joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to address his residents’ concerns. Ultimately, Neugebauer said the initial goal was to move the pipeline out of town, and because that could not happen, he is disappointed with the outcome. However, he says the city’s mission now is to work with Nexus to make the pipe safe for everyone.

Originally, the pipe was supposed to travel six-and-a-half miles through the city. The pushback on Nexus caused the pipe to be extended to eight miles, but through a more rural area to the south than what was initially planned. The mayor says if any residents see anything suspicious with the pipeline, they should call (330) 896-6930 to report what they have witnessed.

In August 2017, then-Akron police chief James Nice was asked to resign from his post after accusations of racism and inappropriate workplace behavior became public. Now, Nice had his police certificate relinquished after pleading guilty over the unauthorized use of a police database.

Nice joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to read a prepared statement in response to what has been said and written about him over the last six months. In the statement, he believes these allegations against him are “simply not true,” and they have caused him “great economic and emotion harm" over the damage to his reputation.

Due to the litigation, Nice could not divulge much information at this time, but he says he will continue to "seek justice."

Tuesday, 13 February 2018 07:45

AUDIO: David James on Student, Teacher Safety

Ahead of David James's State of the Schools address on Tuesday at the Tangier, the focus has been on teacher safety and discipline. Several teachers claim the schools are not doing enough as far as disciplinary actions, and they lined up in protest in front of the Akron Board of Education on Monday night.

David James, the superintendent of Akron Public Schools, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show in studio sort out the outcries and give both the teachers union and the board a platform. James is concerned about the safety of the teachers, but also believes these assaults may be a case-by-case situations, as opposed to a widespread problem. He mentioned what is considered assault, which is a wide and varying scope, and that students have the opportunity for due process.

The APS superintendent mentioned the creation of alternative programs for certain students, including those who have special needs such as autism.

This week's 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Bella Pieri from Coventry High School.

Bella is a senior and a standout on the Comets’ basketball team. She is a four-year player in the program, and has been playing basketball for as long as she can remember.

Bella has already made her decision for college, as she will attend the University of Akron and study Business Administration. In addition to her basketball duties at Coventry, Bella also is involved with Key Club and Safety City.

Bella enjoys attending Coventry, and has made a lot of friends in part because of the close-knit community and the welcoming atmosphere.

This week, our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Jonathan King, a junior basketball player from Buchtel CLC.

Jonathan says he got into the sport at a young age and he’s grown to love the game.

“I always liked basketball since I was little,” he said.

He enjoys the tradition of playing at Buchtel, and he enjoys the competition aspect of the game.

“When teams play Buchtel, they play their best, “ he said. “They always go hard when they play against us.”

Jonathan has a 3.6 GPA and lists Akron’s own LeBron James as his his favorite NBA player.

We at 1590 WAKR wish Jonathan the best in all of his future endeavors.

Thursday, 08 February 2018 09:37

AUDIO: Mayor Neugebauer on Nexus Settlement

For the last three years, the city of Green has been in a battle with Nexus over construction of a pipeline in the town. On Wednesday night, that fight came to an end after a 4-3 decision in city council. Gerard Neugebauer, the mayor of Green, called in to the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about the settlement with Nexus, which amounted to $7.8 million. Neugebauer said after three years, a decision had to be made, and he was advised by his legal team to settle. The pipeline will be eight miles long in Green city limits, and Nexus will have folks on site monitoring the pipeline 24/7. Nexus says the pipe will be inspected weekly, and will have training for first responders.

Wednesday, 07 February 2018 10:17

AUDIO: Mayor Kline on Downtown Stow Developments

The city of Stow has its share of restaurants are retail complexes, whether it is in the Stow-Kent area off Route 59 or the area near Graham Road and Hudson Drive. But those areas are on the outskirts of town. What about actual downtown Stow?

Sara Kline, the mayor of Stow, says the city plans to change that. Kline joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the Darrow Road corridor, near the Graham Road intersection, where a plan will be to construct a community entertainment complex. City council will have to approve these plans before Stow can file them to the state of Ohio.

The first step before it reaches council is to draw out concept plans and proposals, and Kline says they look to emulate nearby towns with developed downtowns such as Kent, Hudson, and Cuyahoga Falls.

Wednesday, 07 February 2018 09:26

AUDIO: Mayor Judge on Barberton Road Repairs

The city of Barberton continues to tweak and improve their city, and a major part of that is fixing the streets. Through federal grants, Barberton has received over $8 million for road improvements.

Bill Judge, the mayor of Barberton, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the grant. Judge believes this is “huge news” and “desperately needed” to fix the streets. The streets getting the facelift to start are Norton Avenue, and Wooster Road North and West. Judge is hoping for additional funding down the road for infrastructure.

As for the current roads and conditions during the winter, Judge says the salt supply is still doing well, and they have when they need for city services.

Lauren Lucas from Norton High School is the female Student Athlete of the Week for February 2nd-9th.

Lauren is a senior at Norton, and is a member of the Panther basketball team. Brian Miller’s girls are having a terrific season, going on a terror in their conference, and Lauren is a key player for Norton.

However, it has not been all smiles for Lauren, as she spent much of 2017 rehabbing from an ACL injury. That injury also affected her time on the softball field, as she is the catcher for the Panthers. In fact, Lauren says she enjoys basketball, but her passion is softball.

After high school, Lauren won’t stray too far from home, as she will head to the University of Akron. Thanks to her preparation at Norton, she looks to major in special education. "The teachers and staff are great,” she says of Norton High School. “They prepare us to look ahead.”

However, because of her injury, she does not plan to pursue softball in college.

A lifer in Norton, Lauren has enjoyed her time in the school district. "We’re like a big family, and we all support each other.”

When she is not on the court or the diamond, Lauren has her hands full around the school. She is a member of student council, the pep club, peer mentoring, and a part of the prom committee.

Connor Kerr of Mogadore High School is this week's 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week.

Connor is a soft-spoken junior who lets his play do the talking on the court, as he along with his teammates have the Wildcats 8-0 in PTC play.

“It's all about hard work," says Connor on playing sports for Mogadore. He has definitely put in that work as a member of the basketball team, as well as the track and football teams. Connor has been a two-year letter winner in both sports and a one-year letter winner in basketball.

​Connor also puts in that same workmen like mentality ​into his studies. He plans on studying Computer Engineering and hopes to attend the University of Akron.

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