Area Speaker Series will resume on Sept. 11

STEUBENVILLE -The next presentation in the Herald-Star, Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Speaker Series will carry a special theme and come on special date.

The series will resume on Sept. 11 in the Steubenville High School auditorium, and will include a remembrance to the lives lost and sacrifices made on that day.

“We’ll be announcing the name of the speaker sometime in the next few weeks,” said Ross Gallabrese, executive editor of the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times. “The speaker will be a person who played a key role in the events that transpired on Sept. 11, 2001, and in their aftermath. Our speaker was involved in events of historical significance that day, and we’re sure all area residents will find the story compelling.”

Information about the speaker and ticket sales will be made available in the near future.

The Sept. 11 presentation will be the fourth in the series that began in November 2012 when retired Secret Service Agent Clint Hill, who headed the security detail of first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, and his co-author, Lisa McCubbin, appeared in Steubenville. In April 2013, former CIA agent Antonio Mendez, whose efforts to rescue six U.S. diplomats from Iran in 1981 were dramatized in the Academy Award-winning film “Argo,” and his wife, Jonna, herself a former CIA agent, spoke.

The series continued last April with Richard Phillips, whose ordeal of being captured by Somali pirates and subsequent rescue by Navy SEALs was dramatized in the film “Captain Phillips.”

“The goal of the series has been simple-to bring quality speakers to our region at an affordable cost,” Gallabrese said. “That’s something we’ve done since November 2012. We’re confident that our next speaker will continue that tradition.

“We hope all area residents will join us Sept. 11 for this special presentation.”

Sponsors for the series include the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times, the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, the Health Plan of the Upper Ohio Valley, Eastern Gateway Community College, Trinity Health System, the Franciscan University of Steubenville and WTRF-TV.