Top of the morning, Jan. 7, 2014

Top of the morning, Jan. 7, 2014

It's not exactly "neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night ..."

But 53-year-old Andy Freeman's motto for delivering The News-Gazette drives home the same point.

"I just try to get 'er done every night," he said.

Well, Andy got it done early Monday.

Despite my kids failing to lift a finger to shovel, despite drifting snow and impassable roads, despite a thermometer that if rated would be NC-17 ... I woke up Monday morning with a newspaper at my door. Now that's worth a mayor's proclamation.

"Just had to be careful," said Andy, a 1978 Champaign Central grad who estimated he delivered 115 newspapers during one of the nastiest nights he can remember. "There were a couple roads you had to make sure you were going downhill because you couldn't get going uphill."

Pete Jones, our longtime director of circulation, said distribution was severely hampered by weather Monday — and more than likely will be today, too.

"The safety of our newspaper carriers is our greatest concern," he said. "To their credit, many of them completed all or parts of their deliveries."

If you didn't receive a paper:

— Our electronic edition remains free of charge at http://www.news-gazette.com/eedition. Login instructions can be found there.

— You will eventually. For example, Monday's might be delivered with today's.

"We thank our subscribers and single-copy buyers for their patience and understanding," Jones said.

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