Friday, 26 October 2018 08:46

City of Akron Delays Leaf Pick Up Schedule

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The City of Akron has delayed the 2018 leaf pick up schedule by one week as a result of the extended warm weather and leaves falling later this year.

The printed leaf removal schedule that was included in October’s water bill shows the original dates and will now be delayed by one week. Residents may use any of their three annual free curb service bulk pick-ups for leaves if they choose to schedule for an earlier date. For early pick up, the leaves must be bagged.

Below are the new start dates for each Ward:

Ward 5                 November 5
Ward 3                 November 7
Ward 9                 November 9
Ward 7                 November 14
Ward 6                 November 17
Ward 2                 November 21
Ward 1                 November 27
Ward 8                 November 30
Ward 4                 December 7
Ward 10               December 12

Leaf  removal services are more efficient and economical to residents if the following guidelines are followed:

  • Do not allow children to play in leaves on or near the street
  • Do not place branches or any other debris in the street- only leaves
  • Do not rake leaves into the street after leaves have been removed from your street or you will be subject to a fine
  • Do not park vehicles on the street the day before your scheduled pick-up, until your leaves have been removed
  • Do not park vehicles over leaves - heat from the underside of the vehicle may cause a fire

We remind residents not to rake leaves into the street until the day before scheduled leaf pickup. Each of the wards will take more than one day to complete. Leaves must be on the street by the dates listed – if they are not out, they may not get picked up. The City will make one round through each ward, and the schedule is subject to change in the event of adverse weather conditions. After one round of City-wide leaf removal has been completed, leaf crews will work to fulfill as many additional pick up requests as possible before winter. For more information, visit the City website or call 3-1-1 (375-2311).

Thursday, 25 October 2018 12:19

APS, Bridgestone Americas Partnering for Pathways

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Akron Public Schools and Bridgestone Americas are teaming up to further advance the district's College and Career Academies program. 

On October 30th, about 100 students at East Community Learning Center will be part of a new, hands-on experience working with top-of-the-line automotive technology at the new Automotive Training Center, thanks in part to the Firestone Complete Auto Care program. 

Of the new venture, APS Superintendent David James says the new East CLC Automotive Training Center will offer a full-service Firestone Autocare center where students will "be learning about automotive technology, but also the retail side of a regular Firestone Autocare store. "They have a critical need for automotive technicians across the country," James says, "as their employee population begins to age (and near retirement)." 

The East CLC Automotive Training Center will officially open with a ribbon cutting ceremony on October 30th. 

This week our 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week is junior football player Ethan Wright of Manchester High School.

Ethan says he got into football at an early age and loved the team aspect and the camaraderie of his teammates, some of whom he plays with today.

“I just love the game,” Ethan says. “I started playing in second grade, and have just loved it ever since.”

He plays for the Panthers and legendary coach Jim France, Ohio’s all time wins leader in high school.



France says Wright, who plays running back and safety at Manchester, is a team-first player despite a great deal of individual accomplishments.

“Ethan Wright is a quality young man who strives to get better as an athlete and human being each and every day,” France said.

On the field, even though he was a first team all state performer and a three year letterman, France explains that Ethan’s work ethic sets him apart.

“Ethan is a hard working and humble guy, he is team oriented and is a winner.”

Wright says the team success this year on the gridiron stems from the togetherness and brotherhood that has started since before the season began.

Ethan says that his work on the field translates to the classroom as well, saying it’s going to prepare him for college and beyond, taking pride in his work.

“You just got to work hard in the classroom, you have to have the right GPA or coaches won’t look at you,” he said.

Our next 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Audrey Dolan a junior soccer player from Manchester High School.

Audrey says the coaches and teammates are what keeps her going and looking forward to working with them day in and day out.

“It’s actually a lot of fun,” Dolan said. “It gets stressful when the games get hard, but it’s fun.”

Her coach Eddie Kissner says that Dolan’s work ethic in both the classroom with a 3.5 GPA and the soccer field is apparent to all.

“Audrey has improved so much as the season has progressed. Audrey works extremely hard as a forward pressuring backs to create turnovers,” he said.

“She has also become a great finisher scoring some of our biggest goals of the season.”

In addition to being on the soccer team, Dolan is also a member of the Ski Club and the Art Club.

When she’s not on the soccer field or staying on top of her studies, she volunteers at the Cuyahoga Falls Women’s Club.

“My grandma plays cards there and I cook and clean there a couple times a week,” she says.

Audrey says she enjoys her time there and she’s always picking up some good advice from the people at the Women’s Club.

We wish Ethan and Audrey the best in all of their future endeavors.


Thursday, 25 October 2018 10:34

Ray Horner Podcast - 10/25/2018

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:17 - Depending on which poll you see, the race for governor in Ohio is very close between Mike DeWine and Richard Cordray. The latter called into the program.

9:58 - The stock market took a plunge on Wednesday, which calls to question just how stable the markets are in general. Richard Peterson from Capital Financial talked about the markets, the state of the economy, and a little on credit scores.

24:23 - Also on Wednesday, suspicious devices were found at the residences of several prominent Democrat politicians. Tim Dimoff, president and CEO of SACS Security and Consulting, joined the show to offer some insight.

30:31 - Akron Public Schools has been creative in recent years for helping students get into the trades. Over at East CLC, Bridgestone Americas is sponsoring their Automotive Technology program with a full service station. Superintendent David James explains.

38:34 - Speaking of Akron Public Schools, how are they doing overall? Treasurer Ryan Pendleton unveiled his five-year plan.

Wednesday, 24 October 2018 10:14

Ray Horner Podcast - 10/24/2018

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:17 - Last week, candidate for Lt. governor, Betty Sutton, joined us. This week, Jon Husted called into the program. He is the running mate alongside AG Mike DeWine. Husted talked to Ray about the campaign in general and how he sees Ohio in the present and future.

10:14 - Dr. Joe Congeni, whose speciality is sports medicine at Akron Children’s Hospital, stopped by the studio to talk about injuries and prevention. One topic was on the mistake of NFL officials picking up their flags after Baker Mayfield was conked in the head on Sunday. Another is confusion over the Nick Bosa injury, which has caused him to forego the rest of his Ohio State career.

17:21 - Madi and Josh are two students from Coventry High School, and they competed in our Academic Exam! How’d they do? How’d YOU do? Powered by the Akron-Summit County Public Library.

29:14 - The Barberton football team keeps rolling along, and they take on Highland this Friday. Head coach Tony Gotto is back this week after being suspended for a game, and he joined Ray to talk about his Magics.

32:36 - The 2018 World Series has begun, and the Red Sox took a 1-0 lead in the contest. Do you care? Will Middle America be watching?

Tuesday, 23 October 2018 12:22

Stark Sheriff: Warrants Executed for Stolen Radio IDs

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The Stark County Sheriff's Office and Canton Police are looking into Radio IDs that were stolen.

The IDs, according to the press release (below), are subscribed to the Multi-Agency Radio Communication System, or MARCS statewide emergency public radio system used by several agencies in Ohio.

Stark County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Michaela Madison says seven different search warrants were executed around Canton Monday, though it doesn't list any arrests.

Sheriff George Maier said in the release, "It is critical that we do everything to ensure the MARCS radio system is protected." 


(Canton, Ohio) – The Stark County Sheriff’s Office and Canton Police Department are conducting a joint investigation into stolen radio IDs on the MARCS Radio System. The Multi-Agency Radio Communication System (MARCS) is a statewide emergency public radio system used by numerous public safety agencies in Ohio.

Authorities were notified of suspicious activity by officials with Ohio MARCS, which led investigators to execute seven search warrants in the Canton area on Monday, October 22nd, 2018 in connection to stolen radio IDs operating on the MARCS Radio System. The stolen IDs were being used to illegally program additional radios to run on the system designed for first responders. Also discovered were a number of firearms violations. Investigators are being assisted by ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms) with the weapons violations. The search warrants lead to the investigation of nearly a dozen individuals.

“It is critical that we do everything to ensure the MARCS Radio system, which provides life-saving communication capabilities to our first responders, is protected,” explained Sheriff George T. Maier. “We are committed to holding those accountable who interfere with our emergency communication here in Stark County and across the state of Ohio.”

Additional search warrants are expected as the investigation continues. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Stark County Sheriff’s Office, 330-430-3800.

Tuesday, 23 October 2018 11:08

Ray Horner Podcast - 10/23/2018

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:17 - October 23, 2001 was the day the iPod was first announced, so today is iPod Day. Does anyone still use one of them? And what are some other technological devices that have either been phased out over time, like the pager or the PalmPilot? Remember LaserDisc? Ray and Tony talked about all of these.

17:08 - The Browns, whether they pretend otherwise, have problems within the coaching staff. On Monday, Hue Jackson says he won’t take over the playcalling from OC Todd Haley, but that’s a different tone than what he had after Sunday’s game. Fred Greetham from the Orange & Brown Report came on to interpret and break down what’s happening.

26:17 - Remember the Pacer? The Pinto? The original Honda Civic? We mentioned some old ugly cars from yesteryear on the program.

39:25 - The 8-1 East Dragons have a big game against Buchtel this Friday. Dragons head coach Marques Hayes joined Ray to preview the matchup and look back on their season so far.

Monday, 22 October 2018 12:02

APD Investigating Two Weekend Homicides

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Another violent weekend in Akron, this time ending with two homicides. 

First, Friday night around 8:15, Akron Police were called to the scene of a car that had crashed into a building at the intersection of Osage Alley and Park Street. Upon arrival, officers noticed several citizens surrounding the vehicle, attempting to assist the driver who was unresponsive. EMS was called to the scene, where they determined that the driver had been shot, announcing him dead on arrival. 

Meanwhile, on Sunday night about 8:40, police were called to the 700 block of Merton Avenue for a reported shooting. When they arrived, they found that three people who were shot, one of whom was dead inside of a car and two others who suffered non life-threatening injuries. 

The investigation into both shootings is ongoing and neither victim's name has been released yet, pending positive I.D. and family notifications, according to Akron Police. 

Monday, 22 October 2018 11:34

FOW: Akron Man Sought in July Murder

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The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force is offering a reward for information which would lead to the capture of fugitive Bryan Esters.

Esters is wanted by the United States Marshals Service and the City of Akron Police for Murder and Felonious Assault. Esters is believed to have committed the homicide in the 300 block of Pioneer Street, Akron, OH that occurred on July 1, 2018. Esters, 33, is a black male, standing approximately 5 feet 8 inches and weighing 190 pounds.

Esters has ties throughout Akron area but his last known address is the 600 Block of Fern St. Akron. He should be considered armed and dangerous.

If you have any information in reference Bryan Esters, please contact the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 1-866-4WANTED or Text keyword WANTED and tip to 847411 (tip411). Tipsters can remain anonymous and reward money is available.

Monday, 22 October 2018 10:47

Ray Horner Podcast - 10/22/2018

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:17 - The Cleveland Browns dropped to 2-4-1 on the season after a 26-23 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. Both the coaching and the officiating looked suspect, and Ray and Tony broke down what exactly happened. Also, will Hue Jackson be out the door soon? That update on the Browns is brought to you by Klaban.

9:28 - Barberton mayor Bill Judge joined the program to talk about retaining and attracting businesses in his city. Just recently, B&W moved from Barberton to Akron, which, Judge admits, hurts, but is better than having them head to the Carolinas.

18:20 - It’s Monday, so it’s time for our Business of the Week! This week, we head over to Tallmadge Avenue and chat with our friends at DeVitis Italian Market! Brought to you by Hearinc.

27:28 - Also on Mondays, we talk to our veterinarian Dr. Gary Riggs about your pets. With October wrapping up next week, it is still Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and yes, pets can also get breast cancer. But just how prevalent is it? Dr. Riggs has offices in Barberton and Wadsworth.

36:20 - The Haven of Rest is celebrating 75 years in the Akron community, first opening its doors in 1943 off N. Howard St., and are now on E. Market. Rose Rose, Charlotte Hunt, and Rev. Jeff Kaiser joined Ray in studio to talk about their continued mission statement.

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