Tony Mazur

Tony Mazur

It is only Wednesday, but there have already been a number of tragic stories. However, both have been contained as of Wednesday morning.

Tim Dimoff, the president and CEO of SACS Security Consulting, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the events that occurred in Austin, Texas and Great Mills, Maryland. In the Austin case, Dimoff talks about how the suspect’s cell phone and other devices left somewhat of a paper trail that led the authorities to him. As for the Maryland school shooting, Dimoff talks about how the resource officer neutralized the threat and took down the shooter, leaving the shooter as the lone fatality.

As of this morning, just before this interview was aired, the Austin suspect was identified as 24-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt.

Children in the future will know what it was like to be a Toys ‘R’ Us kid. But it is not just the toy stores that are being affected.

Jonathan Walsh, consumer reporter at WEWS/News 5 in Cleveland, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about the change in shopping habits. Walsh believes today's consumer is very concerned with convenience shopping, which does not bode well for the traditional brick-and-mortar stores such as Toys ‘R’ Us, Claire’s, and Sam’s Club, which are either closing some or all of their facilities in the near future. He says those stores failed to embrace the online shopping boom, and their downfalls are evident.

Shopping habits are changing across the board, not just in retail. Walsh mentions the trend in “curbside” grocery shopping, where employees of the store pick out items on a list made ahead of time. Even stores like Target and Walmart have introduced groceries into their facilities for the consumer’s convenience.

This week, our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Lexi Shultz, a senior softball player from Ellet High School.

Lexi has been interested in softball from an early age and grew to love the sport.

“I've been playing ever since I was in T-ball, since I was six years old, and I've just loved it ever since then.”

Shultz is a two-sport athlete at Ellet, playing both volleyball and softball, garnering honors in both sports as a 1st team all city softball player and a 2nd team selection in volleyball.

She says working with her coaches, including head coach Chuck Shuman and her Ellet teammates has been a great experience.

“Our goal is to not only win the city championship, but to go further in the districts as well,” she said.

Aside from the team goals, she said the mark of a successful season would be the ladies coming together as one and working hard on and away from the diamond.

“I think if we're all working hard, working together, and putting in as much effort as we can, I think we'll be successful.”

After graduation, Lexi plans on attending the University of Akron, where she is already taking classes, and majoring in exercise science.

We wish Lexi the best in all of her future endeavors.

The trees of Issue 4 are beginning to bear fruit. One of those fruits is a new fire station in Middlebury.

Akron mayor Dan Horrigan joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about replacing fire station #2 over on East Market Street. Horrigan has stressed the monies from Issue 4 will be split into thirds, and fire is one of those categories. The other two are police and streets, and more than 54 miles of road will be resurfaced this year.

The mayor also talked about the Hamburger Festival hiatus. Due to the construction downtown, Horrigan believes the Hamburger Festival would have had a difficult time operating, though other events at Lock 3 should not be affected.

The All-American Soap Box Derby continues to spread its name and purpose across the globe. A few months back it was Australia. Now China is getting into the mix.

Mark Gerberich, the president and CEO of the AASBD, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about the derby heading east. Gerberich believes it is a great opportunity for the derby to head to Australia, China, and beyond, from both a brand-building and education standpoint. In China, the goal is for students to experience a taste of American culture, and, down the road, they hope Chinese students will come through Akron for summer camps.

The 81st FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby will be from July 15th-21st at Derby Downs, next door to the Rubber Bowl and Akron-Fulton Airport.

Over the last decade, the push to revitalize some of Akron’s non-downtown neighborhoods is beginning to pay dividends. One such neighborhood is Highland Square, which appears to be the model for other areas.

Planning director Jason Segedy joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the success of Highland Square. Segedy believes the mix of housing and retail has been the key for Highland Square, along with the Bohemian, artistic vibe the area gives off. It is one of the few areas where the old houses remain in solid condition, and is a model of stable property value.

Other neighborhoods have been undergoing facelifts, and some could look very different over the course of a decade. West Hill, which is down the street from Highland Square, could see a revitalization soon, as could Kenmore, North Hill, and what was once the Innerbelt.

Zach Larue from Manchester High School is the male 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week.

Zach is a member of the Panthers wrestling team, and has recently made a run to states, finishing fourth in his weight class as a junior.

Zach weighhs in a 126 pounds, and he understands the work one must put in to compete at this level, even if it means early or late practices.

"I just want to win states," Zach says. "That's all I think about when I'm training."

Zach loves being apart of the team for Manchester, which coached by Josh Cintron. "We don't have a ton of guys on the team, but we are all very close."

Being only a junior, Zach has an eye on Cleveland State University for college.

Wadsworth senior Sophia Fortner is the female 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week for March 16th-23rd.

Sophia is the point guard for the Grizzlies’ basketball team, who, at the time of this writing and recording, were headed to Columbus for the state tournament. An ACL injury hurt not only Sophia’s season last year, but the team’s as well, but they have bounced back in a big way.

"We’re a young team,” says Sophia. “But we’ve grown a lot, so it’s been an exciting season."

During her sophomore year, Sophia traveled with the team to states the first time, with the Grizzlies coming back to Wadsworth with a title. She looks to have that happen again in her final season.

“[It was] definitely a great experience to have gone there before and get a feel for the atmosphere,” Sophia says of her first trip to states. "The experience is very rewarding."

In addition to her point guard duties, Sophia is very active at school. She is a member of the National Honor Society and student council, and even works inside the athletic office.

Sophia has enjoyed her time at Wadsworth. "It’s amazing,” she says of the support the students and teams receive. "I’m so blessed to be a part of this school and community."

In the fall, Sophia will head westward to the University of Toledo, where she will play for the Rockets basketball team. She plans to major in exercise science.

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.

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