News text alerts in Lee

By Reina P. Cunningham - [email protected]

The Lee County Sheriff’s Department is making a way for residents to be notified of breaking news in ‘real time’.

According to a press release, Lee County Sheriff Gary Parsons says the free courtesy service will allow him the ability to send a text message with information on important things as they happen in Lee County in real time. The information will be coming directly from the sheriff.

The release states some Lee County citizens do not have email, live in remote areas of the county and/or work and do not have access to a television or radio and are therefore unable to get information through those traditional routes of news, but almost everyone has a cell phone and is able to receive a text message.

The release summarizes the new service as a way for the sheriff’s office to have the ability to get the citizens factual information as it is happening and at no cost to the taxpayer or funding from county money. According to the release, the new program is fully funded and sponsored by Lee County Businesses who are also working to make the county a better place to live, work and raise families.

The sheriff says after being in office for over 18 years, he continues to work to bring new innovative ways to communicate with the citizens of Lee County in an effort to protect and serve.

To begin receiving text messages, citizens can download the new information app on their smart phone by going to, selecting “Add to Home Screen” from their menu and the app will go onto their phone. The website can also be accessed from a computer, tablet or mobile device and users can click on “Join LCSO Text Alert System” and type in the cell phone area code and number before clicking submit.

There are other communication features on the app as well.

Reach Reina P. Cunningham at 606-302-9091 or on Twitter @ReinaDailyNews.

By Reina P. Cunningham

[email protected]

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