We're happy to celebrate our third birthday this weekend and we'd like to say THANK YOU to all our fantastic readers and viewers for keeping us around.
Our start was only an idea on Labor Day weekend in 2014, and we had no clue whether or not the idea would be accepted. Our very first week, our site was visited 20,000 times from nearly 6,000 readers. Since that time, our readership has grown more than triple of those numbers and we're proud to now be Edmonson County's number one source for local news and information. Also this past year, our site was visited almost 4 million times...a quadrupled number from our first year.
Over the past year, we've made some improvements to the network while keeping one focus: to continue bringing you all of the news, sports, weather, and information that impacts Edmonson County. We've added to our sports staff, reporters and photographers, and we're also proud to now have our own staff meteorologist who's brought the very first weather camera in the county, which shows a view of the county courthouse.
Our live sports broadcasts are now more popular than ever, thanks to our WildcatsLive crew. We also have an exclusive agreement with Edmonson County High School to bring you live football and basketball action throughout the year, made possible through wonderful sponsors from our area. We've also brought you live volleyball and softball action, and we hope to include baseball and other sports and school events for you in the year to come.
Everywhere we go, folks thank us for bringing local news to our county, but the thanks is owed to YOU for allowing us to bring it to you. So again, on behalf of the entire VOICE staff, thanks for another year. We hope to continue to grow and improve as we work around the clock, providing you the best possible local news and information service available.