Wednesday, 14 February 2018 09:07

AUDIO: James Nice Proclaims Innocence In Statement

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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

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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.

Thursday, 08 February 2018 09:37

AUDIO: Mayor Neugebauer on Nexus Settlement

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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

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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

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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.

Monday, 29 January 2018 10:52

AUDIO: Joey Arrietta on Future of Akron Racers

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A sad day for softball fans in the area, as the Akron Racers may be no more, at least in 2018. Joey Arrietta, who ran the Racers from top to bottom, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to sort through the news, which caught her by surprise a few weeks back. Arrietta was ousted as general manager, and now the future of softball remains in doubt. Firestone Stadium will still house high school and collegiate games throughout the summer. An emotional Arrietta says she is fighting to retain the team’s name and the colors, though that is up to the league to decide. As far as the league goes, speculation as to how long it will remain continues to loom.

Monday, 29 January 2018 10:29

AUDIO: Mayor Horrigan on Downtown Development

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2018 is nearly a month old, and the mayor of Akron, Dan Horrigan, addressed some of the needs and visions in the community on the Ray Horner Morning Show. Topics discussed: *The Akron Racers not playing in 2018, and how that will affect Firestone Stadium and the area of South Akron *What is left of the Rubber Bowl, which looks to cost about $400,000 to demolish *The area surrounding the Rubber Bowl, including Akron-Fulton Airport. *Continued development of the 31 acres that once made up the Innerbelt *Issue 4 and the upgrades to the city’s roads and firehouses *The sewer project

The kid out of Peoria, Illinois is headed to Cooperstown, by way of Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, Baltimore, and, most notably, Cleveland. Jim Thome, the Indians’ all-time home run leader, is the newest member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, picked on his first try.

Bob DiBiasio, VP of the Tribe, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about the heart of Thome’s Indians career, which began in 1991, ended in 2002, and had a brief homecoming in 2011. DiBiasio talked about what Thome did off the field, which was where he showcased both his work ethic and his humble personality.

Sheldon Ocker, who covered the Tribe for decades, also came on WAKR to remember Thome. Ocker had the chance to see the lanky infielder grow to become one of his generation’s greatest power hitters. Ocker also shared his thoughts on Omar Vizquel, who had a nice showing in his first time on the ballot.

Friday, 12 January 2018 07:40

AUDIO: Lenny Wilkens on Dr. King, LeBron

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It has been a half-century since Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. King’s message has resonated with the people for generations, and that continues to this day.

On January 14th, the day before what would have been Dr. King’s 89th birthday, the Akron-Summit County Public Library will host a lecture, which features hall of fame player and coach Lenny Wilkens. “Coach Lenny” joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to not only talk about King, but how Jackie Robinson really affected him while growing up in Brooklyn, New York, in the shadows of Ebbets Field.

Wilkens also talked about LeBron James, coaching the 1992 Dream Team, and what coaches influenced him throughout his career. Wilkens’s speech will be at 2 PM on Sunday, and it is free to the public.

Tuesday, 09 January 2018 08:34

AUDIO: Akron Mayor Eliminates Cabinet Positions

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It was announced Monday from the mayor’s office than Dan Horrigan will be eliminating three positions in his cabinet. Those positions are in communications, health and education, and community relations.

Horrigan, the mayor of Akron, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss why he made this decision. With the revenue falling short, Horrigan says he wanted accountability to start with his office. The layoffs, according to the mayor, are “purely for economics,” as this will free up close to $430,000.

Speaking of economics, Horrigan also touched on the dollar allocation from Issue 4. He explains Issue 4 is an 11-month collection, and that will not begin until February.

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