Tony Mazur

Tony Mazur

After nearly 30 years, the Innerbelt is no more, and there have been questions about what will be done with all of that land. Those questions are being addressed by community leaders as far as long-term planning.

One of those community leaders is mayor Dan Horrigan, who joined the Ray Horner Morning Show in studio. Horrigan believes they have a "blank canvas" to change the physical landscape of downtown Akron. Having all of that land “fall into [their] laps” is “a once in a generation thing,” so the city is taking their time to develop plans.

As far as what will be done, the mayor says their timetable for those said plans should be by the end of the calendar year.

In addition to the Innerbelt, Horrigan also discussed how the University of Akron has turned around in the last year with university president Matthew Wilson, as well as the future of Davenport Park in Ellet.

Cities across the nation such as Barberton are on watch in terms of their federal funding with President Trump’s proposed budget for 2018. In the budget, the president is calling for a $2.7 billion reduction in spending, and city leaders wonder what services could be cut.

Bill Judge, the mayor of Barberton, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about his trip to Washington DC and how his town could be affected. Judge traveled to DC to plead his case for more funding for Barberton, justifying how Barberton spends its federal grant money.

Judge says the trip to the nation’s capital was a positive one, though not without their questions. But he believes representatives from both sides of the aisle know the concerns of Barberton and will fight for its residents.

After some gunfire, the rims on the basketball courts are coming down at Davenport Park, and the future of the Ellet park is actively being addressed.

Ward 6 councilman Bob Hoch joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss ongoing problems at the park and how the city will handle them. Hoch has heard numerous complaints from parents about the amount of littering, foul language, and drug use being used by park-goers. Hoch has heard from residents about a complete closure of the park.

These problems are not unique to just Davenport. Other parks in the Akron area have been the subject of scrutiny, and city council plans on addressing these next week.

News out of Washington over the last week has been divisive and partisan, and politicians from both sides have not been shy to weigh in.

One of those politicians is Ohio senator Sherrod Brown, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show on Thursday. As for the recent firing of FBI director James Comey, Brown questions the timing of Comey’s firing, calling it “troubling.” Brown also believes it's “pretty clear" about the ties between President Trump and Russia.

Commenting on the new healthcare bill, the Ohio senator says he has “no idea” what will happen as time goes on, but will “fight like hell” to oppose the bill. He also shared his thoughts on NAFTA and the airline industry.

In 1997, the cities of Akron and Chemnitz, from the Free State of Saxony, Germany became official Sister Cities. Now, the two towns are celebrating the twentieth anniversary of their partnership.

Mayor Dan Horrigan has welcomed Barbara Ludwig, the mayor of Chemnitz, to town and had a full slate of meetings and events to showcase the Akron area. One of those events was an in-studio interview on the Ray Horner Morning Show.

Through an interpreter, Mayor Ludwig talks about the cultural exchanges throughout the relationship between the cities. Both towns have a rich industrial backgrounds, and Ludwig touched on the opportunities to bring jobs back to the areas.

The second phase of repealing and replacing Obamacare was rolled out last week, and this time around, the new bill helped unite more Republicans.

Congressman Jim Renacci joined the Ray Horner Morning Show, guest-hosted by Tony Mazur, to talk about his support of the bill. Renacci spoke of the importance of the new bill, and attempted to clear up any confusion over pre-existing conditions.

In addition to healthcare, Rep. Renacci also touched on President Trump’s first 100 days in office, the election in France, and the race for Ohio governor, which he is a part of.

Stark State College is Summit County’s first community college, and the expansion into the Akron area seems to look quite promising.

Dr. Para Jones, president of Stark State University, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to update the listeners on the enrollment and construction of the new site. Dr. Jones talked about the temporary site on White Pond Drive, which just opened last November, and the growth of the enrollment and interest in gaining an associate’s degree.

Plans for the grand opening of the downtown Akron facility look to be completed for the fall of 2018.

2017 marks the twentieth anniversary of Canal Park and the Akron baseball franchise. A major figure in getting the baseball team into downtown Akron was former mayor Don Plusquellic.

It has been two full years since Plusquellic stepped down as mayor, and he gave an update on his life on the Ray Horner Morning Show. Plusquellic talked about the impact Canal Park has had on downtown development, which includes the housing, the pubs and restaurants, and Lock 3 Park.

Looking back after two years away, Plusquellic is proud all he and his administration accomplished. He was glad to have kept the corruption out of the office, and believes he did all he could to bring jobs back to Akron, especially in the rubber industry. He also shared his thoughts on the Kenmore-Garfield merger.

Easter Sunday went from a celebratory holiday to a local and national tragedy, where millions saw the death of Robert Godwin on Facebook.

One of the talking points were what Facebook could have done to avoid a situation like this, or if it could have been avoided at all. Mark Welfley from Welfley Technologies in Fairlawn joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about the dangers that can come from apps such as Facebook or Snapchat.

Welfley shared some tips on how to ensure better online safety for kids and teens. One of those tips is to go to the Settings tab and turn off the location. Another is to guide teens on proper Internet behavior, such as controlling one’s emotions and cyber bullying.

This week's 1590 WAKR Student athlete of the week is Caitlin Raid from Woodridge High School.

Caitlin is a standout softball player for the Bulldogs. She is only a sophomore, but has already put together some impressive numbers as the team's number one pitcher.

Caitlin says she enjoys attending Woodridge High School, and has fun with her softball teammates. She has great memories from a recent trip to Disney World the team made earlier this spring.

Caitlin does plan on attending college after graduation and going into stem research studies.

Best of luck, Caitlin!

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