Hub sets another record for traffic in October

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 6 November 2014 at 12:00 am

Photo by Tom Rivers – Orleans Hub was on the scene on Oct. 13 when a tractor trailer got stuck under a railroad bridge in Holley.

Orleans Hub set another record for traffic in October, eclipsing the standard set the previous month.

Last month we had a daily average of 5,640 unique visitors, which was up from the 5,600 in September. (Prior to September the previous high was 4,757 in June.)

We also stayed over the half million mark for monthly pageviews. Orleans Hub had 551,375 total page views in October for a daily average of 17,786. That topped the September record 519,161 when there was a 17,305 daily average.

Our sports articles also are drawing a bigger audience. The 29,669 pageviews for Local Sports topped the previous record of 26,062 in September.

Mike and Cheryl Wertman have been all over the county and beyond covering high school athletes. In this photo from Oct. 24, Kendall’s Taylor ReQua (10) works to take control of the ball against Campbell-Savona’s Monica Cartas (7). Kendall rolled to a 6-0 victory in the quarterfinals of the Section V Class CC girls soccer playoffs.

One sports story by Mike Wertman was our second most viewed article overall for the month. Wertman on Oct. 23 wrote Zach Adams scoring a goal in Kendall’s Sectional win over Bolivar-Richburg.

Adams is a senior with Downs Syndrome. He was brought up from the JV squad for soccer playoffs. His brother Jake also plays on the varsity team and helped set up the goal.

“It’s just so overpowering I think I went into shock,” the boys mother Kelly told Wertman. “At first I didn’t even realize that Jake had assisted on the goal. It’s really hard to put into words what it means to Zach and to our family. The Bolivar-Richburg players just took it upon themselves to help make it possible. It was just so overpowering.”

Contributed Photo

Zach Adams, center, who is shown here with his brother Jake and mother Kelly, scored a special goal in Kendall’s sectional opener against Bolivar-Richburg

The story was shared on Bolivar-Richburg’s Facebook page and also prompted the Olean Times Herald to write a story: “Winless Bolivar-Richburg team shows heart of a champion.”

Here are the five most viewed stories of the month:

1. Teen dies in apparent accidental shooting

2. Kendall’s sectional contest has a special moment, a special goal

3. Tractor trailer gets stuck under railroad bridge in Holley

4. Brothers open new winery in Murray

5. Sheriff releases name of boy, 15, killed in Shelby