Monday, 08 January 2024 09:38

Former State Rep. Bob Young Sentenced

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Former state Rep. Bob Young of Green was sentenced in Barberton Municipal Court on Friday after being convicted of domestic violence and 3 other misdemeanors related to the violation of a protection order. 

Young was convicted of domestic violence in October for a July altercation with his wife. He then accepted a plea deal in November on his other charges.

The Beacon Journal reports that visiting Judge Edward O’ Farrell sentenced Young to probation and no jail time on several conditions including that he wear a device that monitors alcohol consumption, although city prosecutor's note that Young tampered with his alcohol monitoring device 5 times while awaiting sentencing. If Young violates the terms of his probation he could face 2 years in jail and 5 years probation.

Young stepped down from his position in the Ohio House last fall, after his second arrest, and following mounting pressure from fellow Ohio republicans calling on him to resign.

Monday, 08 January 2024 07:34

Jay Brophy Talks Football

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Jay Brophy joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about football. They discussed the mess of college football and covered the upcoming Browns v Texans game. 

 
Friday, 05 January 2024 07:56

Film School: The Godfather Part II

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Film Study Professor Joe Fortunato joins Ray every Friday for Film School. They discuss the ins and outs of classic films. This week, the went back to 1974 with the Crime Drama, The Godfather Part II. 

Friday, 05 January 2024 07:49

Offseason Duties

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Dan Dauk joined the Ray Horner Morning Show. He talked about his offseason duties and the ins and outs of getting ready for the season. He also suggests that tee times are reserved EARLY because they're already filling up.

 

There is a shortage of school bus drivers throughout. Bill Andexler joined the Ray Horner Morning Show. He talked about why there is a shortage of drivers and how to become a school bus driver. 

 
The Student Athlete of the Week segment is powered by NECA-IBEW and Akron Children’s Hospital. 

This week's athletes are from Green High School. 
 
Sydney Peterson is a senior and a two sport athlete in Volleyball and Swimming. 
Her accomplishments include Volleyball Awards: HM All Federal League 2023 and District HM 2023. As well as Swimming Awards: 3x State Qualifier, All-Ohio 2021-22 & 2022-23, 1st Team All Federal League (2021, 2022 and 2023). Sydney excels in the classroom with a GPA of  4.1.
 
Jarrett Taylor is a Senior and a 3 sport athlete in Boys Basketball, Football, and Track.
His accomplishments in basketball include Honorable Mention All Federal League 2022, 2nd Team All Federal League 2023. Jarrett is an excellent student as well and has a GPA of 3.2.

As the City of Akron continues to gear up for its big Bicentennial celebration in 2025; the the organization actually handling the event has changed.

Now, instead of being run by the Akron Bicentennial Commission; a new not-for-profit corporation called "Akron 200 Inc.", has been formed to run what will be a year-long celebration in 2025. In addition, Mark Geer, who has been on the Commission since 2022, has been named the new organization's Executive Director.

Mayor Shammas Malik talked about it with WAKR Morning Show Host, Ray Horner, this morning:

 

According to a Press Release from the Downtown Akron Partnership, Greer has served on the Commission since its formation in June 2022 along with 27 other community representatives.

Greer is from Akron, and is the founder of Ulysses McNeal Consulting Company. He served as Small Business Program Manager and Administrator of the Great Streets Initiative for the City of Akron for four years and oversaw the award of over $3 million in grants.

A graduate of Firestone High School, he earned the B.M. magna cum laude in Music Performance from Bowling Green State University and holds a masters degree from Kent State University. Greer also serves as an assistant pastor at The Family Church, a non-denominational ministry in Akron’s University Park Neighborhood, and previously taught on the faculties of Malone University and the University of Mount Union.

Several projects are currently in-progress for the Bicentennial, including:

  • The Akron History Center, an enduring free museum-quality exhibit about the 200-year history of Akron, is being constructed at 172 South Main Street in downtown Akron. $1.8 million has been committed to the project by government, local foundations, corporations and individuals. Design work was completed this summer, and fabrication of exhibits is underway with installation scheduled for January, and the opening targeted for Spring, 2024.
  • A new anthology of Akron history is being published by the University of Akron Press. Dr. Jon Miller, Professor of English and Director of the Press is co-editor of the book that will be released in time for the 2025 anniversary.
    An outdoor drama, directed by Katie Beck, Co-Artistic Director of Gum-Dip Theatre and a member of the Commission, is planned for Waters Park on North Hill during the Bicentennial.
  • A group of Akron Public School teachers is being assembled to develop digital materials for the teaching of Akron history to students in grades three through eleven.

The Akron Bicentennial Commission includes 28 representatives from neighborhoods, special interest groups and every ward in the city. The Commission has established a process to receive applications from community organizations (schools, houses of worship, neighborhood groups, associations) to create programming that will ensure that the year-long commemoration is inclusive and reflective of Akron, and open and accessible to the public.

Workgroups are being established to create opportunities for hundreds of citizens to participate in Bicentennial activities.

PARTIAL CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Akron’s 200th year begins December 6, 2024. General Simon Perkins filed the plat of Akron at the courthouse in Ravenna on December 6, 1825. In line with prior commemorations of city anniversaries in 1925, 1975, and 2000 the Akron Bicentennial Celebration will take place in July 2025.

  • December 5, 2024 - Akron Roundtable presentation by Dave Lieberth.
  • April 22, 2025 - Tuesday Musical Association premiere of an orchestral fanfare for the Bicentennial celebration, to be debuted at a concert at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall.
  • July 3- 6, 2025 - The Akron Bicentennial Celebration, Tuesday through Sunday. Downtown Festival at the Civic Gateway- Lock 3, Lock 4, Main Street
  • July 5 Bicentennial Parade
  • TBD – The Soul of Philanthropy Exhibit sponsored by Akron Community Foundation’s Black Giving Collective
    Other historical commemorations occurring during the Bicentennial year include the Centennial of the Goodyear Blimp; John Brown’s 225th birthday on May 9; the 90th anniversary of the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous on May 11; and the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Firestone Tire & Rubber Company in August.

 

Thursday, 04 January 2024 07:53

New Mayor of Akron Shammas Malik

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Shammas Malik has been sworn in as the Mayor of Akron. He joined the Ray Horner Morning Show. They discussed the preparation for taking over, selecting a new police chief, what to expect in his first 100 days, and more. 

 
Wednesday, 03 January 2024 07:21

College Football Choas

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College Football is getting messy with Name Image Likeless (NIL), opt outs, transfer portals, and more. Kris Drew joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about it.

 
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