The News-Review will sponsor the 42nd annual Douglas County Spelling Bee on April 13th.

A set of spelling words will appear on this page every week through March 2nd. The weekly word lists can also be accessed online at by entering “Spelling Bee” into the search field.

The county spelling bee champion will win a trophy and new computer system. Trophies and prizes will also be awarded through fourth place.

All public school, private school and home-schooled students in the fifth through eighth grades are invited to participate. Students wishing to enter elimination rounds in their district must sign up with their school’s spelling bee coordinator. Home-schooled students should contact the home school spelling bee coordinator at 541-679-1251.

The county spelling bee coordinator may be contacted at Questions regarding the weekly word lists may be addressed to or to The News-Review at 541-229-4315.


Tough — Extremely difficult to cope with or comprehend. “The questions on the final exam were so tough that only the well-prepared students got a passing grade.”

Cruel — Stern, rigorous, and grim. “The cruel reality is that Justin will be expelled for his wrongdoing regardless of how remorseful he is.”

Insensitive — Lacking feeling. “Only a thoroughly insensitive person would not respond to a child’s cry for help.”

Complex — Having many varied interrelated parts, patterns, or elements and consequently hard to understand. “Caroline brought an unbelievably complex camera on the trip and was forever changing lenses.”

Compact — Suggesting firmness, soundness, and a degree of strength. “The bulldog’s compact frame contrasts sharply with the greyhound’s lanky build.”

Rugged — Harsh, ungentle. “The welder’s rugged demeanor belied his warm heart.”

Tangy — Having a particularly pungent odor. “The burning pile of old tires will leave the air tangy for several days.”

Emit — Send out: discharge, release. “When disturbed, the stink bug will emit an odor to repel other animals.”

Starboard — The right side of a ship or airplane looking forward. “Steve noticed an island to starboard.”

Enormous — Marked by extraordinarily great size. “No one warned Margaret that the little puppy she wanted would be an enormous dog in one year’s time.”

Puny — Slight or inferior in size. “No one would ever guess that the strong and stocky wrestler was puny as a child.”

Ample — Marked by extensive or more than adequate size. “Wilma enjoyed her walks in the cathedral’s ample gardens.”

Moderate — Neither small nor large. “Sally’s room was of moderate size, but her sister’s was quite small.”

Dewfall — The amount of moisture deposited as dew during one period. “The dewfall quickly evaporated as the Sun rose.”

Phase — A particular appearance or state in a regularly recurring cycle of changes with respect to quantity of illumination or form of illuminated disk. “Roberto insists there is a correlation between the moon’s phase and criminal activity.”

Lunar — Of, taking place on, or relating to the moon. “The Babylonian calendar was based on the lunar cycle.”

Universe — The entire celestial cosmos. “Many a philosopher has pondered the question “Are we alone in the universe?”

Apex — The point of the heavens toward which a celestial body is moving at a given time. “Helga tracked the planet’s movement towards the apex.”

Telescope — An optical instrument for viewing distant objects by means of the refraction of light rays through a lens. “Through the telescope Jorge watched the lunar eclipse.”

Totality — The phase of an eclipse during which it is total: state of total eclipse. “An eerie silence crept over the crowd as the eclipse reached totality.”

Icicle — A pendent, usually conical mass of ice formed by the freezing of dripping water. “By evening, the longest icicle hanging from the eaves had grown to about two feet.”

Endurance — An instance of long-suffering (as hardship or tribulation). “On his sad face was an expression of suffering and endurance.”

Opposition — A configuration in which one celestial body is opposite another in the sky. “The moon, when full, is said to be in opposition to the Sun.”

Generator — A machine by which mechanical energy is changed into electrical energy. “The generator at the cabin ran on gasoline.”

Levy — Impose or collect by legal process or by authority. “The political candidate promised to levy no new taxes if he were elected.”

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