Free website helps Lions stay in touch

By Kathi Bliss
Editor/POST-REGISTER

While social networking websites continue to grow in popularity, concern also grows about unwelcome contact as a result of participation in those sites.

In answer to those concerns, the Lockhart Post-Register is proud to unveil an updated, free social-networking site dedicated to helping Lions around the world stay in touch.

The site, LHS Class Reunions (www.post-register.com/reunions) was introduced in 2008 as a one-stop site allowing reunion organizers to post information about reunion gatherings free of charge. Recent updates allow users to post not only reunion information, but class photographs as well. Additionally, a “Connections” forum allows registered users to seek information about classmates who have grown apart through space and time.

“As the local information source about Lions past and present, the Lockhart Post-Register is proud to offer the community this new way to keep in touch with old friends,” Post-Register owner and publisher Dana Garrett said. “We have learned that our news website is popular all over the world, with more than 116,785 pageviews each week, and we decided to use that popularity to help LHS graduates maintain their Lion Pride independent of that distance.”

Local businesses, too, can benefit from participations in LHS Class Reunions Forums. A special “Venues” section will allow area reception halls and banquet rooms to list rental availabilities, enabling reunion organizers to schedule their gatherings without worrying about double-booking or scheduling conflicts.

Best of all, although the registration process asks for an email address, information from LHS Class Reunions will not be sold, distributed or otherwise used to contact users without their consent. Users can choose their level of confidentiality, allowing their contact information to remain hidden and available only to Post-Register web administrators.

The site is also fully-moderated by people, rather than by computer means. Users are vetted before being allowed to post on the site, alleviating opportunities for online solicitors, and posts are monitored for inappropriate content.

“We don’t want to censor our users, but we do want to maintain a family-friendly site that respects the community’s standards as to language and content,” Garrett said. “We will take great efforts to allow conversation and connection, but we won’t allow the sorts of discussion in the forums that we wouldn’t feel comfortable having in front of our own children or elders.”

As Chisholm Trail Round-up, the traditional time for class reunions draws near, reunion schedules posted on LHS Class Reunions will also be published in a special “Reunions” section of the Lockhart Post-Register.

For more information on LHS Class Reunions, visit www.post-register.com/reunions, or email Reunions administrator Kathi Bliss at kathibliss@post-register.com.

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