Tony Mazur

Tony Mazur

The city of Stow has two large retail districts, but the downtown area does not have much development. That may soon change.

At-large councilman Mike Rasor joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to showcase his ideas for a downtown Stow. Rasor says he put out a poll on social media, and response for downtown development was overwhelmingly positive. The idea is for an entertainment and retail district to be set up on the northwest corner of the Darrow Road and Graham Road intersection.

Rasor says this will be a few years away, but the city is talking to developers right now.

This week's 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Drew Williams from Kenmore-Garfield High School.

Drew is a senior guard on the basketball team for the Golden Rams. He also runs cross country so he can stay in top shape during basketball season. He says it really helps out during fast-paced games throughout the year.

Being a huge basketball fan, Drew enjoys watching Trey Young from Oklahoma and Karl Anthony-Townes from the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Drew has not settled on a college yet, but has a few schools in mind. He is looking forward to studying criminal justice next year.

He really enjoys being around his family and friends when he has a little down time. He says it's hard to believe that high school career is almost coming to an end.

This week, our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Marissa Bowers, a senior swimmer from Cuyahoga Falls High School.

Marissa has been swimming from a young age and grew to enjoy the sport from early on.

"I started swimming when I was 5 years old," she said. "My mom was a swimmer when she was young and I loved the water as a child."

Bowers says she carries lots of memories with her from the four years she spent in the pool with the Black Tigers.

Among those was setting the school record in the 100 meter backstroke in her senior season, as well as cannonballing into the water for the final time as a senior class.

Bowers is also a member of the Marching Band and the National Honor Society, so she understands the importance of time management when balancing her studies with extracurricular activities.

Upon graduation in the spring, Marissa plans on attending Westminster College in the fall to study education.

"I've always been interested in helping people, and I plan to be a swim coach down the line," she says.

We at 1590 WAKR wish Marissa the best in all of her future endeavors.

In the last two decades, there has been a rash of school shootings, and a common theme with them is that they seem to occur in suburban areas. These suburbs get shaken for a long time, in that many would never believe something like a school shooting would happen in their community.

Norton, Ohio shares some characteristics with towns such as Columbine, Chardon, and Parkland, so what is that community doing to prevent gun violence? Dana Addis, the superintendent of Norton schools, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss what his district is doing to help the safety of their students. Addis says they are conducting meetings with students and doing everything they can to ensure their safety. He even says students are communication to get a better understanding of each other.

One of the factors holding up the process nationwide is the cost of added security. Addis brings up the stat that only four percent of schools use metal detectors due to the high costs.

Emerson Zahab is this week's 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week.

A senior at Green High school, Emerson is a key member of the girls swim team. She began swimming at age 5 and has been a part of the swimming team the last thirteen years.

According to Emerson, the most challenging thing about being on the swim team is waking up early. However, having the team around really helps.

"Nobody likes waking up at 4:45 in the morning,” says Emerson. “But knowing your friends will be there makes it better."

As a Bulldog, Emerson has accomplished a lot in the pool. She is a four-year letter recipient, three-year first team, and made it to states her freshmen year.

When she is not in the pool, Emerson volunteers with the swim team at the Special Olympics, and also donates her time at One of a Kind Pets.

Emerson is very excited to be attending Arizona State University, where she plans to study Biomedical Engineering.

Firestone CLC senior Jacob Stephens is the male Student Athlete of the Week for March 2nd-9th.

Jacob was a diver for the Firestone Falcons. The reason he was a diver is his season has completed after finishing 13th at states.

He overcame many obstacles to get down to states, including a bout with kidney stones his junior year. For Jacob, it was not always an easy dip in the pool, and he is thankful of what he accomplished.

"It was more general enjoyment that got me through,” Jacob says of his diving tenure. "The last two years were a bit monotonous, but I just went through it with the goal in mind to go to states, and just used that to keep pushing through."

No stranger to the swimming pool, his diving career began in eighth grade while swimming at Fairlawn Country Club.

"My dad wanted me to play a sport, and he said it’s either swimming or diving,” says Jacob. “[But] to be honest, I [wasn’t] a fan of swimming anymore, so I decided to go with diving.”

Now that his diving career is through, Jacob wants to explore other sports on the club level, such as boxing or fencing.

After high school, Jacob plans on heading to Embry-Riddle in Daytona Beach, Florida for college, majoring in computer science. Coding computers is definitely up Jacob’s alley, but he would also entertain aeronautics as a minor, which is what Embry-Riddle prides itself on.

Thursday, 01 March 2018 07:28

Wahoo Week, Day 3

Wahoo Week is almost over, but that means we are getting closer to the official start of baseball season. Ray Horner is still out in Goodyear, Arizona, and he has grabbed interviews with members of the Indians, on-field personnel and off.

Bradley Zimmer - Outfielder Sandy Alomar Jr. - First Base Coach Mike Napoli - First Baseman/DH Eric Hasse - Minor League Catcher Edwin Encarnacion - DH/First Baseman Carl Willis - Pitching Coach Bob DiBiasio - VP, Public Relations Bobby Bradley - Minor League Outfielder

Wednesday, 28 February 2018 06:25

Wahoo Week, Day 2

Two days in Goodyear, Arizona, and Ray Horner was not quite soaking up the sun by the pool. He was down at Goodyear Ballpark and the Indians' training complex snagging interviews with Tribe players and personnel.

Yonder Alonso - First Baseman Tyler Olson - Relief Pitcher Tom Hamilton - Tribe Broadcaster Terry Francona - Manager Rajai Davis - Outfielder Mike Clevinger - Starting Pitcher Mike Chernoff - General Manager Josh Tomlin - Starting Pitcher Dan Otero - Relief Pitcher

Monday, 26 February 2018 08:07

Wahoo Week, Day 1

Coming off a great season but disappointing finish in 2017, the 2018 Cleveland Indians have unfinished business to tend to. The team lost a few familiar faces in the offseason, but many members of the squad are back, as well as some new blood.

Ray will have interviews with anyone and everyone around the baseball team, from the players to the front office executives, all the way down to the person who puts the bases on the field.

Andrew Miller - Relief Pitcher Brandon Guyer - Outfielder Cody Allen - Closer Greg Allen - Outfielder Randy Drone - Founder, Dinger Bat Company Tyler Olson - Relief Pitcher Yonder Alonso - First Baseman

Monday, 26 February 2018 07:41

Wahoo Week, Day 1

Coming off a great season but disappointing finish in 2017, the 2018 Cleveland Indians have unfinished business to tend to. The team lost a few familiar faces in the offseason, but many members of the squad are back, as well as some new blood.

Ray will have interviews with anyone and everyone around the baseball team, from the players to the front office executives, all the way down to the person who puts the bases on the field.

Andrew Miller - Relief Pitcher Brandon Guyer - Outfielder Cody Allen - Closer Greg Allen - Outfielder Randy Drone - Founder, Dinger Bat Company Tyler Olson - Relief Pitcher Yonder Alonso - First Baseman

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