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Union County dials up YouTube channel

Union County government can now be found on the same social networking site that is home to Justin Bieber warbling, a baby biting his brother's finger and a panda sneezing.

That's right, the county has launched its own page on YouTube, the online video site that attracts more than 3 billion views a day. The county site is at

It's the latest venture into the world of social networking; the county created a Facebook page last October.

Union County already offers residents many venues to see government in action, county spokesman Brett Vines said, including putting commissioners' meeting videos on the county website and airing them on local cable Channel 16. Adding a YouTube channel is another way to provide information about county programs and services.

So far, the county has posted 10 videos on YouTube, covering such public service topics as "What's New in Union County," "This Week at the General Assembly" and "Conserve Water."

The site had been viewed about 300 times as of last week. The most popular videos are "Cane Creek Park," and "Union County NC," an overview of the county and its history.

Mecklenburg County has had its own YouTube page since May 2009, county spokesman Andy Fair said. That channel's most popular video to date is "African Drummers BCC," a clip of a meeting where county commissioners recognized senior citizens who had won medals for performing with the drums.

Vines is trying to get permission from YouTube administrators to upgrade the county site to receive a government channel designation, which would allow him to put longer videos on the site, including entire commissioner meetings. Right now, the Union County site has a 15-minute limit.

Adam Bell: 704-358-5696