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Ready for Jefferson-Harrison County Regional Spelling Bee

Final plans are being made for this year’s Jefferson-Harrison County Regional Spelling Bee, presented by the Herald-Star. Helping to sponsor the event are, from left, seated, Jackie Stewart, director of external relations for Encino Energy; Dinero Ciardelli and Alyse Ciardelli of S.T.A.R.T. — Special Tactics and Rescue Training; and Greg McCutcheon, security coordinator for Ascent Resources; back, Ross Gallabrese, executive editor of the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times; Ron Sismondo, spelling bee coordinator for the Jefferson County Educational Service Center; Ken Perkins of Tri-State Financial Services; Nick Cacciacarro of PNC Bank; and Mike Florak, executive director of community relations for the Franciscan University of Steubenville. Other sponsors include Huntington Bank, Gary Cain Realty and Auctioneers, Gus’s Goodies, McBane Insurance and Financial Services and the Ohio Lottery Commission. The bee will be held at 11 a.m. March 14 at Buckeye North Elementary School in Brilliant. The winner will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which will be held as part of Bee Week, set for May 24-29 in National Harbor, Md. (Photo by Michael D. McElwain)

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