Mayor Donald Robart's defeat in the November election is number one in Cuyahoga Falls news stories last year. Long-awaited construction on a new retail site, dam removal, and the return of "ticket city" also made the cut.
Here is a list of the 2013 top five stories in Cuyahoga Falls as selected by Cuyahoga Falls.Ohio.com correspondent Gina Mace.
Election Roundup: Robart out as Cuyahoga Falls mayor
Cuyahoga Falls' longest serving mayor lost his bid for an eighth term on Nov. 5
Mayor Donald Robart lost to Falls City Council president, Don Walters, by about 350 votes.
Robart was first elected to the office in 1985.
Construction begins at Portage Crossing
The sale of 26 acres of land to Stark Enterprises finally took place in August, after several delays.
Robert Stark was chosen in 2009 to develop the site of the former State Road Shopping Center.
A disastrous economy and a deal to buy additional property for a home improvement store that fell through were some of the reasons for delay.
The first shovelful of dirt was turned in August, minus the festival-like atmosphere of the shopping center's demolition four years earlier.
Cuyahoga River Dam removed
With an international audience watching, Riverworks removed two dams in the Cuyahoga River in late summer.
Falls Service Director Valerie Wax Carr, who managed the project for the city, unveiled the Internet “Dam Cam,” where people could watch live streaming video. Many people crowded the boardwalk behind the Sheraton and Riverfront Parkway, to watch the action in person.
Cleanup is expected to finish up sometime in 2014.
Second vote leads to different result for new Ward 3 council representative
When former Ward 3 councilman Ken Barnhart resigned in May, Republicans held a meeting to choose a replacement.
Ken Barnhart's wife, Arden Barnhart, won easily after secret ballot.
However, when Summit County Democratic elections board chairman Tim Gorbach told GOP Chairman Alex Arshinkoff that the vote should have been by a show of hands, a second meeting was held. More precinct committee members attended that meeting and Vic Pallotta was chosen to finish Ken Barnhart's unexpired term.
Pallotta went on to win the primary against Arden Barnhart, and won election over Democrat Mike Penta in November.
"Ticket City" moniker returns to Falls
Cuyahoga Falls Police Chief Tom Pozza in May announced a program designed to put more police officers on the street while paying for the overtime through traffic ticket revenues.
STOP, the Special Traffic Operation Program, requires officers to write three traffic tickets per hour for each four-hour overtime shift.
Pozza said the program, used in other states by different names, is a proactive approach to law enforcement. His goal is to have a high presence on the streets so that criminals will think twice before committing crimes in the Falls.