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. 6 to Feb. 12, 2014.

Ex-Aurora mayor survived World War II despite injuries, malaria

As a U.S. Marine serving in the South Pacific during World War II, Aurora's George Hettinger, a radio operator, carried a 40-pound radio on his back.

"You can imagine walking through a field with a large radio and antenna," he said. "You were an excellent target for the Japanese. They knew if they knocked out the radio man, they'd knock out communications.

Cuyahoga Falls

Cuyahoga Falls Board of Education will scrutinize school district's field trip policy (with video)

Cuyahoga Falls School Board members say they want to move forward by clearing up confusion over the school district's field trip policy.

Not so fast, says a spokesperson for its teachers union, scolding the board for the way it questioned teachers in connection with the trip at a school board meeting late last month.


Pastor Randall speaks to Christ Community Chapel about experience in Philippines' jail

Christ Community Chapel Pastor Tom Randall, who is known as "Uncle Tom" to the orphaned children he takes care of and has helped raise in the Philippines, used a mix of humor and sentimental seriousness Feb. 9 to recount his experiences of being held in a Filipino jail for 22 days.

Randall was the key speaker in three morning services at Christ Community Chapel, 750 W. Streetsboro St. Randall, of Stow, was greeted with standing ovations and roaring applause at each.


New Munroe Falls police chief sworn in

Just days after City Council voted to dismiss Police Chief Rick Myers, Mayor Frank Larson appointed and swore in former Cuyahoga Falls Police Chief Tom Pozza to fill the post. The swearing-in took place this morning (Feb. 7) at City Hall.

Larson said he is requesting that Council schedule a special meeting for 8 p.m. Feb. 11, after Council’s committee meetings, for Council to approve the appointment.


Tallmadge Board of Education considers school calendar based on hours, not days

The Tallmadge Board of Education is considering a proposed calendar for the 2014-15 school year that's based on hours instead of school days.

The Board had a public hearing on the calendar during its meeting Jan. 15. The matter will go before the Board for possible adoption during its next meeting at 6 p.m., Feb. 19, at Tallmadge High School.

Nordonia Hills

(Video) Nearly 200 athletes at Brandywine Ski Resort for Ohio Special Olympic Winter Games

Nearly 200 competitors turned out Feb. 5-6 at Brandywine Ski Resort to compete in the Ohio Special Olympics 32nd annual Winter Games. A heavy snowstorm that fell the night before training and competition began added to the nearly 3-foot base of snow, leaving about six inches of powder on the slopes and near perfect conditions.

Marty Allen, program director for the winter games, said there were 194 competitors from 14 organizations represented.


Streetsboro's Parks Master Plan may be revised or replaced

A discussion among City Council members earlier this month has led the Parks, Recreation & Conservation Advisory Committee to consider reviewing or replacing the 2007 Parks Master Plan.

Speaking at the committee’s Feb. 4 meeting, Carmen Laudato, chair of the advisory committee, said plans for further improvements at Thomas Heritage Park should be put on hold. 


Update: Trailwood Drive man killed while changing tire on I-480 was former Cleveland State University police chief

Trailwood Drive resident and former chief of police for Cleveland State University Lester D. Mitchell, 64, died after being struck by a passing vehicle while changing a tire along Interstate 480 westbound Feb. 2.

The accident occurred along a stretch of the highway in Warrenville Heights between Northfield and Warrensville Center roads, just before 3:30 p.m.