AKRON

Forum on veterans

AKRON: The University of Akron Military Veterans Association and Concerned Veterans for America will hold a roundtable discussion on the needs and challenges facing returning veterans.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday on the seventh floor of InfoCision Stadium.

Pete Hegseth, chief executive officer of Concerned Veterans for America and an Army and Iraq veteran, will speak, along with Ohio Sen. Frank LaRose, R-Copley Township, also an Iraq veteran, and William M. “Mike” Sherman, UA’s senior vice president, provost and chief operating officer.

Drill at high school

AKRON: Firestone High School was the site of a safety drill early Friday morning.

Akron Police Department officers were on the grounds, and the school was placed in a mock lockdown for training.

There was no actual emergency, according to a police spokesman.

CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Jeff Iula benefit

CUYAHOGA FALLS: The Jeff Iula Council-At-Large committee will host a fundraiser Monday to support the councilman’s re-election bid.

The event will be at the Funny Stop Comedy Club, 1757 State Road. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with an hourlong comedy show beginning at 7 with local entertainers and a special emcee from the local media.

Admission is $25 per person or $40 per couple and includes an hors d’oeuvres buffet and soft drinks. A cash bar will be offered.

For reservations or more information, email iulajeff@yahoo.com.

COVENTRY TOWNSHIP

Board will meet

COVENTRY TWP: The Coventry Local school board has scheduled a special meeting for 8 a.m. Tuesday in the administrative offices at 3257 Cormany Road.

The purpose is to ratify a contract with the Ohio Association of Public School Employees union.

NORTH CANTON

Arsonist sentenced

NORTH CANTON: A North Canton woman was sentenced to three years in prison Friday after pleading guilty to charges of arson and insurance fraud after she set her home on fire.

Rose Ann Butts, 41, was charged with setting fire to her McKinley Avenue home in April 2012. The fire spread to two nearby houses before firefighters brought the blaze under control.

No one was injured.

She was arrested in February after an investigation by North Canton firefighters and police as well as the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Debris from the fire was analyzed and an accelerant was detected. Arson was determined as the cause, authorities said.

Butts subsequently was charged with three counts of aggravated arson and one count of insurance fraud.

PORTAGE COUNTY

Fund for late teen

KENT: A memorial fund has been established in the name of Devon Conwell, 15, a Kent Roosevelt student who died this month after he collapsed while playing basketball.

Donations can be made to the Devon Conwell Memorial Fund at Portage Community Bank, 1532 S. Water St., Kent.

STATE NEWS

Obama to speak

COLUMBUS: The White House says President Barack Obama will deliver the commencement address at Ohio State University on May 5.

The university says it will be Obama’s fifth visit to the campus in little more than a year.

Last May, Obama kicked off his successful drive for re-election with a rally at the university.

He also won the political battleground state in the 2008 and 2012 elections.

Obama’s other commencement speeches this season are scheduled for all-male Morehouse College in Atlanta on May 19, and at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., on May 24.

— Associated Press

Summit county

Trail to be dedicated

AKRON: Metro Parks, Serving Summit County will hold a dedication ceremony of the first 4.2 miles of the new Freedom Trail, at 11 a.m. May 1 at Lions Park, 245 Northeast Ave., Tallmadge.

The 4.20-mile trail runs from Middlebury Road in Kent to Tallmadge Circle. It is on land owned by Metro Regional Transit Authority and follows an unused railroad corridor.

For more information, call 330-867-5511 or visit www.summit­metroparks.org.