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Community Information Service Coming To Vidalia
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
June 17-- The City of Vidalia has partnered with a private, networking service, Nixle, LLC, to launch a Community Information Service to provide important information to residents via text messages, emails, and Web access. The service is completely free, and Systems Analyst for the City of Vidalia, Carol Kennedy, says Nixle will provide more authentic information than other networking services like Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter.

"It's different from Twitter and Facebook and the other mediums, in that it [Nixel] has templates set up that you can choose or choose not to use. But each message that goes out, you have to prompt whether it's a community message, an advisory, an alert, or something of that nature. It's not just some random message you would see on Twitter. Vidalia did set up a Twitter account, and all of the Nixel messages will automatically go to the Twitter account. But Nixel is different in that this is geared toward pertinent city information, not just random information," explains Kennedy.

The service will be used for public security measures, as well as other relevant community news, such as, water mien breaks and canceled sporting events. However, you will be able to program your Nixle account to only receive information pertinent to you.

"They can also differentiate and ask only to send very important alerts and advisories to my text messages, but send everything else to my email. Or, if they choose not to get text messages at all, they can do that," says Kennedy.

Signing up for the free Community Information Service can be done at www.nixle.com. The only thing you need to provide to receive the service is your name, email address, and mobile phone number

In other news from around the area, Toombs County Commissioners met Wednesday morning and agreed on a liability insurance bid for the county. The winning bid went to Bishop Durden, the group that has insured the county for the past 24 years, at the price of approximately $130,000. This is a 21% premium reduction as compared to last year's price, and the coverage will insure the new ambulance service provided by the county.
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