VALDOSTA — Lowndes County’s new website is up and running.

The website, which County Clerk and Public Information Officer Paige Dukes called “a greater information presence,” is the result of feedback from the county and from the community.

“Staff worked diligently to provide information for the site that citizens ask for the most,” Dukes said. “Hopefully, this will put more of what citizens want with regards to information in an easily accessible format that can be accessed at their convenience, not just during normal business hours.”

County residents can pay bills, read county ordinances, search for real estate and read meeting agendas on the new site.

In addition, a first for the county government, videos of the Lowndes County Commission meetings are also available through the site

and on YouTube.

“Due to schedules, not all citizens can attend commission meetings,” Dukes said. “Hopefully the availability of the video will allow more people to see firsthand the information presented and discussed during meetings in the event they cannot attend.”

This is not the first time that meetings have been recorded. The Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange, run by John and Gretchen Quarterman, have recorded commission meetings, along with many other public meetings, for a number of years.

The website will also allow residents the opportunity to have public information such as bids, job offers and meeting information sent directly to them by email or on a mobile device.

Dukes credited the county commission for its directive and Amanda Smith, Lowndes County Information Technician, for the website, and her work to make the site useful to the public, and easy to use.

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