Wednesday, 07 February 2018 12:00

Briggs Elected Summit DD President Again

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From the Office of Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan:

Members of Mayor Dan Horrigan’s cabinet have a demonstrated commitment to giving back to the greater Akron community by volunteering their time and talent to diverse non-profit organizations. As just one example of this commitment, Randy Briggs, Deputy Mayor for Labor Relations for the City, was recently elected to his sixth term as the President of the Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board (“Summit DD”).

Originally appointed to the Board by late County Executive Russ Pry, Mr. Briggs has been working to advance the mission and vision of Summit DD since January 2009.

“I’ve had some of the most rewarding experiences of my career through this volunteer position,” Briggs said. “Working with my fellow board members and our leadership team to find ways to better serve our clients and ensure that each of our neighbors are treated with respect, dignity, and equality, regardless of ability, has become a true passion for me. This work has made me a better professional and a better person, and I’m grateful for this opportunity to give back, while gaining so much in return.”

The volunteer service of City staff complements the work they do for the City every day. “I’m proud to say that my cabinet, and so many other City employees, know the value of community service,” Mayor Horrigan said. “It is important to me that I am surrounded by leaders and advisors who ‘walk the talk’ and truly care about making Akron a better place – both in their official positions, and through their personal pursuits.”

For more information about Summit DD, please visit http://www.summitdd.org/ or contact Billie Jo David, Director of Communication, at (330) 634-8073 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

Tuesday, 06 February 2018 12:33

Summit Seeking Public Input on Hazard Prevention

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Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro's office is circulating a survey to local residents and businesses, asking them for input to update the county's Hazard Prevention Plan. 

The 26-question Community Hazard Survey asks things like whether or not residents know if their home or office is vulnerable to floods, tornadoes, other natural disasters, power outages, and more. Furthermore, the surveys ask whether or not residents know the proper response to the previously mentioned disaster situations. 

So that we have a better understanding of what people know; if they know what the resources are, if they know how to take the steps that they need, in the event of a natural disaster," Summit County Assistant Chief of Staff Greta Johnson told the Jasen Sokol Show. "It is essentially asking for our community to help us help them." 

You can read and complete the survey here; it will be available through March 9th. 

 

Tuesday, 06 February 2018 11:51

Akron Art Library Coming Soon

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Soon, you will be able to check out a piece of local art like you can any library book, movie, or piece of music today. 

Through a partnership between the Akron-Summit County Public Library and the Akron Art Museum, beginning later this month, anyone with a library card will be able to check out local art for up to four weeks. Like any other item you can borrow from the library, you can renew the art, provided no one else has reserved it, for another four more weeks, up to 5 times. 

As of right now, there are 27 pieces of art that users can check out. 

Akron Art Museum Director of Education spoke with Cleveland.com saying, "We want to show we can trust the public with works of art." 

Having said that, the library says the fine for not returning a piece of art is $500, and late fees are a little heftier; 50 cents per day. 

Monday, 05 February 2018 12:31

Missing Adult Alert for Summit County Resident

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UPDATE: This alert has been cancelled.

Mr. Herndon returned home on his own last night.

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A Missing Adult Alert has been issued for 87-year-old Arpad Herdon of New Franklin out of Summit County. Mr. Herdon is described as a white male, 5 foot-9, about 200 pounds, with grey hair and hazel eyes.

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About 8 o'clock Monday morning, Mr. Herdon walked out of his home and hasn't been seen since. He does not have his medication, according to authorities. 

 

Monday, 05 February 2018 11:40

Akron Toddler who Died Out in Cold Identified

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An Akron toddler who managed to get outside of the apartment she lived in at Willow Run Apartments on Doty Drive in Ellet Friday afternoon, and was later found by her mother, died at the hospital. 

Officials identified the young girl as 2-year-old Wynter Parker. Her mother, who found her out on the porch, called 911 around 3:30 Friday afternoon. She was taken to Akron Children's Hospital where she later died. She told Akron Police that she wasn't sure how the young girl got outside. 

The Summit County Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy on Monday to determine the cause of death. 

No charges have been filed. 

Friday, 02 February 2018 07:24

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Lauren Lucas

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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.

Friday, 02 February 2018 07:17

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Connor Kerr

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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.

Thursday, 01 February 2018 11:17

UA Looking to Recruit More In-State Athletes

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Facing a nearly $29 Million budget shortfall, the University of Akron is looking for more innovative ways to bring in more revenue. 

With that in mind, UA President Matthew Wilson is looking to the sports side of the school, and says that with in-state recruitment of athletes lies more fiscal opportunity. 

The state provides public universities with subisidies for completion of credits and graduation of in-state students. The Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting that "Course completion, based on a calculation of full-time Ohio students and the total number of credit hours taken, generates $1,800 to a school for every 30 credit hours completed."

Not including the funding from the state, President Matthew Wilson says there are other factors involved when considering bolstering the university's efforts on Ohio recruitment, including fans that you might attract, controling costs, locations where the team plays, and more. President Wilson makes a point to say that it's not about making Akron football or basketball or baseball, that's recently been restored at the school, ALL Ohio, but more about a balance. "Preserving our competetiveness (in the MAC and in the region), but in terms of our competetiveness across the country, we don't want to lose that, but at the same time Ohio really has a great talent base to draw from," President Wilson commented on the Jasen Sokol Show.

 

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