On Saturday, we hit a Twitter milestone.
Monticello's Ryan Boone (@ryanboone75) became our 10,000th follower since we set up the Twitter account (@news_gazette) in October 2008.
"I like to know what's going on locally," Boone said. "I feel The News-Gazette does a great job with that."
Boone is like many of our readers in that he's heavy into agriculture, weather and Illinois basketball. The 38-year-old UI grad grew up on a farm in Martinton and today works in soybean research out of Ivesdale.
Unlike the school kids, he didn't get Monday off.
"The weather is bad; it's too hard on the livestock," he said. "It's good for diseases and getting rid of bugs, but it's way too much."
Another worry: the Illini's six-game losing streak.
"Once he gets the recruits, things will be all right in a couple years," he said. "I watched (UI recruit) Leron Black on TV (on Saturday) — he looked good, I was impressed. (John) Groce is doing the right things."
— We use Twitter to find and share information — a lot. As of Monday, our tweet total was more than 12,700. Twitter questions (like, how do I sign up? How do I send out a tweet?): online editor Mike Howie is happy to help out. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-351-5211. Or on Twitter at @mhowie.
— A reminder that reading weather-related content at news-gazette.com does not require a subscription. On days like these, that comes into play as we frequently update our "LIVE" report with everything from record lows to road conditions to school cancellations.