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Local news briefs: June 25, 2014

The Phoenix High School band and choir will raise funds by selling fireworks in the Ray's parking lot, 735 North Main St., Phoenix. Fireworks will be sold from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Thursday, July 3.

Funds raised will help with the costs of new instruments, band camp and new choir robes.

Jackson County Commissioner Don Skundrick will hold a town hall meeting at the Phoenix library at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 30.

Everyone is welcome to attend. For more details, see www.co.jackson.or.us/News.asp?NewsID=3068

Jackson County Emergency Management's Citizen Alert notification system has received several upgrades to make it easier for the public and system administrators to use.

JCEM official Jenny Hall said the system upgrades, developed by contractor Everbridge, came at no additional cost to the county. The agency uses the system to send emergency information to citizens in the midst of natural disasters, to provide notifications of escaped fugitives who may be in the area or to let people know about hazardous material spills.

People can also sign up for cellphone or email alerts. Anyone who signs up for the updates can customize the information they receive and how they receive it. In addition to emergency alerts, they can choose to also receive non-emergency information such as public meeting notices and missing persons reports.

This upgrade requires all pre-existing members to validate their user name and refresh their password one time only.

For more information, visit www.jacksoncounty.org/alert.

Compiled from staff reports