Ready to spell

East Arkansas Community College hosted the St. Francis County Spelling Bee this morning inside the school's lecture hall. The event featured students from schools inside the county. The winners will advance to the Arkansas state spelling bee. EACC library director Paige Laws explains the rules to the young spelling bee participants before the event began. Photo by Caleb Talley

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