BC-US--Journalist Slain-US Options,4th Ld-Writethru/968 (Eds: Updates with new airstrikes in Iraq. With AP Photos.) Obama faces tough options in Iraq and Syria ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kerry Craig   
Friday, 22 August 2014 14:52

With recent news reports about medical records being hacked in a number of hospitals across the state and nation, one cannot help but be concerned about the safety and security of their health records.
    At Hopkins County Memorial Hospital, CEO Michael McAndrew said medical records and information data is secure and the hospital's records technology department is constantly on the alert.
    “We've never experienced anything like that,” McAndrew said. “Everybody, every business is subject to cyber attacks. We know that and we certainly see it every day.”
    The hospital administrator also said he felt the numbers of records maintained by the hospital in no way compares to that held by large hospital corporations such as Community Health Systems, whose data was breeched.
    “Somebody would be less likely to come after our organization because we don't have 4.5 million pieces of patient information — to go through all the trouble to find out information on us is not likely,” he said.
    Part of the routine precaution at Hopkins County Memorial involved keeping all employees educated about these kinds of threats.
    “We do take proper procedures, we educate our employees about how to be careful because they do get on the Internet, they do open emails,” McAndrew said. “So, we do everything we can to educate them along those lines.”
    Although the hospital feels relatively comfortable with the level of computer network security currently in place, McAndrew said he is planning steps to make that security more secure in the coming year.
    “We've also put in the budget for this coming year, starting Oct. 1, an even more advanced cyber security system than we have,” McAndrew said. “I would never tell anybody it could never happen here because I don't think that's realistic. It's less likely to happen here than it is in a lot of other places and we are certainly being prudent in taking the appropriate precautions to make sure it does not happen.”

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Written by By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor   
Friday, 22 August 2014 14:48

    Sulphur Springs High School’s Student Council has planned a morning of activities Monday, Aug. 25, to help incoming freshman prepare for the new school year, and the high school principal describes some of the things students can expect as they return to classes.

Kids’ night on the Plaza to mark end of summer PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kerry Craig   
Thursday, 21 August 2014 14:17

With school starting next week, the City of Sulphur Springs is planning an end of summer bash for kids on the downtown plaza Friday evening.
    City spokesman Gus Gustafson said there will be a lot of things for kids to do as they wind down from the summer and get ready to hit the books in the new school year.
    “We are going to have bounce houses, water slides, cotton candy and hot dogs,” Gustafson said. “Sweet and Salty is giving away free popcorn for the kids and we are going to show a movie to just finish out the summer.”
    The featured movie will be “Frozen,” the computer-animated musical fantasy-comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios.
    “Terrific Creations will also be there doing balloon animals for the kids,” Gustafson said. “It will be just kind of a fun night. We will just try to have different kinds of activities for them.”
    Saturday will be back to business as usual on Celebration Plaza with the Sunrise Market at 8 a.m. and Celebration Market from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.

Casting decisions made for ‘Over the River and Through the Woods’ at Main Street Theatre PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 21 August 2014 13:47

    SULPHUR SPRINGS – As the 2014 “Season of Romance” continues, the cast has been set for the upcoming production of “Over the River and Through the Woods” at the Main Street Theatre. Director Brenda Payne said she was pleased with the turnout for auditions as the casting committee “had some tough decisions to make.”

TAMU offers free writing course for senior citizens PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Terry Mathews   
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 12:07

   COMMERCE – The Department of Literature and Languages at Texas A&M University-Commerce is offering a free graduate-level writing course to anyone age 65 or older interested in improving their skills.

Fighting Back PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 22 August 2014 11:35

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Playing hide-and-seek with an armed intruder may not be enough. Sulphur Springs Independent School District has incorporated a new type of training to prepare teachers if a violent intruder enters the campus, including aggressively confronting the intruder if it helps save students’ lives.

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Written by By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor   
Thursday, 21 August 2014 13:52

    North Hopkins Independent School District will begin the year with at least nine new staff members hired to replace at least six staff members who resigned and one who retired. Three staff members have also been reassigned to new duties within the district.

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Thursday, 21 August 2014 12:14


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One hundred Sulphur Springs High School students volunteered Wednesday to help Douglas Intermediate School’s incoming fifth graders learn what it means to be a leader during a Dare to Dream camp held in their gym.

Dustin Carr named interim superintendent at Sulphur Bluff PDF Print E-mail
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Written by By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor   
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 12:03

    Sulphur Bluff Independent School District will start the new year Aug. 25 with an interim superintendent and at least seven additional staff changes, while Saltillo adds five new faces to its staff this year.

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