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December traffic took off on Hub

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 1 January 2014 at 12:00 am

Coverage of tragedy, heroism helped draw readers

Photos by Tom Rivers – A Kendall school bus is towed at the intersection of routes 104 and 237 after a fatal accident with another motorist on Dec. 17.

Orleans Hub has been growing every month since we first launched on April 2. But some months really take off and December was one of them.

We averaged 3,600 unique visitors daily in December and 10,509 daily pageviews. The site visits were up 19 percent from November.

There were several big news events in December. An article about firefighters working more than two hours to free a Holley man from a flipped over vehicle not only topped traffic of all the articles in December, but it proved the year’s most popular story. (Click here to see the article.)

Firefighters worked more than two hours to free the driver from this vehicle in the bitter cold on Dec. 13.

Firefighters battled brutal cold on Dec. 13 to free the driver. After the vehicle overturned, it knocked down a tree. The vehicle came to rest, upside down, on the base of the tree. That stump pierced the windshield and pinned the driver inside the vehicle in 15-degree weather.

It was a precarious situation. After stabilizing the vehicle, firefighters were able to free Scott Kuhn. Orleans Hub was the only media outlet with photos from the scene, and we posted them that night.

Another article in December not only generated the second most traffic last month, but it was the second most popular story on the site since we started nine months ago. Police in three counties announced they had arrested four burglars after a spree on break-ins this past summer in Albion, Medina, Oakfield and Lockport. (Click here to see the article.)

Jeremy Arnold prepares to rescue a cat from a telephone pole on Saturday. It was a popular story with Hub readers.

Here are the other top 10 stories for December, from number 3 to 10. Click on the headline and that will take you to the original articles.

Albion native killed in Kentucky after being hit by taxi cab

Fatal accident involving a Kendall school bus on Ridge Road

Brockport man, 23, was killed in accident with school bus this morning

Driver in fatal accident identified

Cat is stuck on top of telephone pole in Waterport

Man dies in Route 63 accident in refuge

Deer float named grand champion of Medina parade