At a council meeting on Thursday evening, the topic of what to do with Davenport Park in Ellet was discussed. The basketball courts at the park have been closed over the last month due to reported gunshots, obscene language, and marijuana.

Ward 6 councilman Bob Hoch provided the update on the Ray Horner Morning Show, and the update is the courts remain closed. Some residents want the courts permanently closed, while others feel the temporary closure is necessary. Some have made this an issue of race, to which Hoch has gone on record to deny.

Hoch says the park itself will remain open, but the basketball courts will be padlocked through the summer season, perhaps longer, until a formulated plan is in place. This marks the third time in the last 25 years these courts have been closed.

Tuesday, 06 June 2017 09:51

AUDIO: OSU Voice Paul Keels On Matta Resignation

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After 13 seasons, the Thad Matta era at Ohio State is officially over. Matta resigned due to chronic foot problems, though this seemed to be a mutual parting of ways with Buckeye brass.

Paul Keels, the voice of Buckeye football and basketball, told the Ray Horner Morning Show he was shocked to see Matta resign this quick. Keels says the former coach was “a dream” to cover, calling him a “world-class person.”

The OSU voice has heard from inside sources that Matta’s health may have led to a negative effect on recruiting, though he won’t rule out coaching again in the future. As far as a replacement, Keels mentioned a few names to fill the coaching shoes, and that Gene Smith and the athletic department are trying to find the right coach.

The United States pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord was not popular with everyone, but supporters on the Republican side of the spectrum were pleased.

Congressman Jim Renacci was one of those Republicans, and he joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss it. Renacci says being part of the climate accord would have been a costly endeavor for the US, and the focus should be domestic. The former Wadsworth mayor is happy to see jobs in the coal industry making a comeback.

Rep. Renacci also touched on the attacks in London, calling them “heartbreaking.” He has been a staunch supporter of the Travel Ban, and attacks such as London and Manchester prove why the United States needs to be protected.

Much like the president, Renacci has not always been a politician. Recently, he was endorsed by Bikers For Trump and Citizens For Trump, and he shared the gratitude he has for his supporters early on in his race for the governorship.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017 07:41

AUDIO: Horrigan On The Future Of Innerbelt Land

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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.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017 09:27

AUDIO: Bill Judge Fighting For Barberton in DC

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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.

Thursday, 11 May 2017 08:52

AUDIO: Sen. Brown on Comey Firing, Healthcare

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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.

Friday, 05 May 2017 08:49

AUDIO: Dr. Para Jones On Stark State Growth

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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.

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