Regional Roundup: Feb. 20 to Feb. 26, 2014

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In Regional Roundup, we've gathered the top stories from each of our eight weekly newspapers every Thursday. Here are the regional stories you don't want to miss from Feb. 20 to Feb. 26, 2014.

Aurora
High ropes challenge course likely coming to Aurora

A high ropes challenge course that would be a moneymaker for the city appears headed here. GoApe, which has six locations, is coming to the city, according to Parks-Recreation Director Jim Kraus.

The course would be in the trees on the northeast side of Sunny Lake to the east of the north parking lot.

Cuyahoga Falls
Former Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don Robart is now working for Ohio secretary of state

Don Robart is on the move.

Robart, who was voted out of the mayor's office in Cuyahoga Falls last November after 28 years, has a new job working for Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted as a regional liaison and, in the process, is putting in a lot of time and miles on the road.

Hudson
Hudson High School lifts lockdown after suspicious person identified

Superintendent Phil Herman confirmed that a lockdown at Hudson High School was lifted after a suspicious person was identified Wednesday morning outside of the school.

The instructional lockdown, according to Assistant Superintendent Doreen Osmun, began at 10 a.m. when a  suspicious person was spotted outside the high school shortly after 10 a.m. wearing a trench coat and a ski mask.

Stow
Munroe Falls drilling goes to Supreme Court this week

The question of who has authority over oil and natural gas well drilling in the state may soon be answered.

The Ohio Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments Feb. 26 in a case the city filed last year.

Tallmadge
Valorie Prulhiere resigns from Tallmadge Board of Education

The most-tenured member of the Tallmadge Board of Education, Valorie Prulhiere, announced Wednesday that she's resigning from service to the school district as of March 20.

The Board has 30 days from when her seat is vacated to choose a replacement. If the Board fails to do so within that time line, the Summit County Probate Court would assign a replacement within another 30 days.

Nordonia Hills
Macedonia resident provides 'forever homes' for English Bulldogs

Rachael Rutkowski's love for the stout bodied, short-legged and wrinkled nosed English bulldogs began with Brutus, an English bulldog her husband bought many years ago when they started dating. Since then, Rutkowski has been a foster parent for the breed and in 2011 started Rescue Ohio English Bulldogs to help provide "forever homes" for orphaned pets.

"(Brutus) was just a very special dog to me. He's what got me into bulldogs," Rutkowski said. "I just really fell in love with the breed and there was a need for an English bulldog rescue in Ohio."

Streetsboro
Streetsboro dads take their princesses to the ball (video)

The Rusty Nail Restaurant in Kent was overrun by dads and their daughters Feb. 21 during Streetsboro Parks & Recreation Department's annual Princess Ball. 

The event was sold out Feb. 21 and Feb. 22. 

The theme for the evening was "Candy Land" and included dinner, pictures and lots of dancing for dads and daughters alike.

Twinsburg
Bissell Elementary students in Twinsburg embrace Black History Month

History comes alive at Bissell Elementary School as students explore the lives of influential African Americans in recognition of Black History Month.

Each grade in the building has been hard at work since late January creating original, hands-on research projects based on important figures in African American history, according to principal Misty Johnson. Third graders at Bissell have been responsible for choosing a figure to research and assembling a PowerPoint slide based on the research. Then the entire class will combine their slides for group presentations, some of which are already underway.

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