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UPDATED July 28, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.

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UPDATED July 28, 2015 at 8:30 a.m.

Margaret Mary Health’s computers hacked
"NoMoreClipboard" compromised

Patients of Margaret Mary Health are victims of a security breach. Hospital President Tim Putnam said Thursday that “NoMoreClipboard,” which is the third party vendor MMH uses for its “HealthConnect” patient portal, was hit by a sophisticated security breach. The breach did not include clinical or financial information but did target the demographic information of all Margaret Mary Health patients who were provided a “HealthConnect” access code.

“We understand that a situation like this can be stressful, and we are sincerely sorry about causing you and your family any anxiety. Be assured that the privacy and protection of our patients’ information is a matter we take very seriously and we are doing everything in our power to prevent this from ever happening again,” Putnam said.

Margaret Mary Health mailed letters to affected customers and they are encouraged to read it thoroughly. The letter details what patients should do next and what services are available. Additional questions can be answered by calling “NoMoreClipboard’s” dedicated toll-free hotline at 866-328-1987 or accessing the “Frequently Asked Questions” link on Margaret Mary Health’s website. The letter is available on MMH’s website.

UPDATED July 23, 2015 at 9:15 a.m.

IDEM offering free well water testing

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) Office of Water Quality (OWQ) is offering eligible residential well owners the opportunity to have their water tested as part of the statewide Ground Water Monitoring Network. The GWMN is a statewide ambient ground water quality monitoring network consisting of residential wells and non-community public water supplies. The GWMN began in 2008, and has expanded every year. Last year, they completed the 7th round of sampling, sampling over 320 drinking water wells across the entire state. For 2015, IDEM is seeking eligible well owners in all 92 counties in Indiana to take part in the GWMN. Testing for metals, nitrate-nitrite, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), Synthetic Organic Compounds (SOCs), alkalinity, pesticide degradates, and general chemistry will be conducted free of charge for 400 qualified well owners across the state.

Find an enrollment application at or forward contact information to Kevin Spindler at or call 317-234-3243 at IDEM. Because this is a statewide research study, there are some eligibility requirements needed for participation in this study, and not all sampling requests can be accommodated. Call IDEM for information 317-234-3243.

UPDATED July 2, 2015 at 12:30 p.m.

Tyson Fund accepting applications
Deadline is July 31.

Trustees of the Tyson Versailles Fund are accepting grant applications for the 2015 awards, which will be presented at the annual meeting on Monday, September 14, 2015. James “Uncle Jim” Tyson established his private foundation in 1930 to promote the religious, social, literary, and educational advancement for the residents of Versailles. Uncle Jim’s financial gift initially funded construction of the Tyson Temple, Tyson Library, the Versailles Elementary-High School, maintenance to Cliff Hill Cemetery, and feasts at the Ripley County Infirmary. Over the years, his gift to his community has provided funding for several projects including fire trucks and equipment for the Versailles Volunteer Fire Department, upgrades and facilities for the Versailles Water Works, sidewalks through the town, funding for various projects at Versailles and South Ripley School Corporation, the town of Versailles in general for various projects and programs, and grants made to qualified non-profit organizations in the area. Over the past 10 years, Tyson Fund has contributed over $5 million to the Versailles community.

The annual meeting is on September 14 (Sundays excepted) each year in celebration and remembrance of Uncle Jim’s birthday. This year the meeting will be held at the Tyson United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall at 7 p.m. Grant applications may be picked up at the Tyson Library or the Tyson United Methodist Church Office.

For additional details or questions please contact any Trustee. Trustees are Natalie Gilpin - President, Bob Meyer - Secretary, Connie Morris - Treasurer, Mike Richmond, Kenny Sheets, Susan Underwood, Jim Leveille, Bill Bradford and Jeff Logman. You may also contact the Tyson United Methodist church office at 812.689.6976 to direct you to a board member for information.
Application deadline is no later than 5 p.m. on July 31.

UPDATED July 7, 2015 at 8:30 p.m.

Know someone who demonstrates exceptional public service?
Nominate bicentennial torch carriers
Deadline is December 31.

The Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay is accepting torchbearer nominations from the public for the 2016 Bicentennial Torch Relay. Torchbearer nominations recognize Hoosiers who demonstrate exceptional public service, excellence in their profession, acts of heroism or volunteer service to their neighborhood, community, region or state.

The nomination form is available at Printed forms can also be picked up at the Welcome Center in Versailles, 220 E. U.S. 50, or call the Ripley County Tourism Bureau at 812-689-7431 and an application can be mailed. The nomination period ends on December 31, 2015. Once all nomination forms are collected, a juried nomination process in each county will select torchbearers.

Developed by the Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD), the relay is patterned after the Olympic Torch Relay and is designed to connect Hoosiers across the state and nation with their home state during the bicentennial year. “We are very excited the Torch Relay will be stopping in Versailles, Osgood, Batesville, Sunman, and Milan,” noted Katherine Taul, Ripley County Tourism Director and Ripley County’s Bicentennial Coordinator.

Nominees must be a current or former resident of Indiana or be nominated in honor of a current or former resident. Hoosiers may be nominated posthumously and a substitute torchbearer can be submitted to carry the torch on behalf of the nominee. Nominees can be any age (torchbearers that are minors will be subject to additional youth torchbearer requirements). A nominee must possess the physical adaptive ability to carry the torch a minimum of a quarter mile.

The Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay will start September 9, 2016, in Corydon, Indiana’s first state capital, and culminate with a celebration October 15, 2016 on the grounds of the statehouse in Indianapolis. The torch relay will touch each of Indiana’s 92 counties during the 2,300 mile journey across the state. The torch will pass through Ripley County the afternoon of September 17, according to Taul. Volunteer county coordinators are organizing torch relay activities in their respective counties. Hoosiers interested in volunteering can sign up at the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay website.

UPDATED January 15, 2015 at 8:45 a.m.

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