- A Whopper of an honor: Local company named top Burger King franchisee (11/15/17)3
- Decisions coming soon on steel mill, smelter in New Madrid (11/17/17)1
- Cape attorney Brandon Cooper to run for judge (11/20/17)2
- State audit: Bollinger County tax levies violate state law; county commission disagrees (11/17/17)3
- Cape native co-directs Thanksgiving-related indie film, 'Drinksgiving' (11/17/17)
- The Tungsten Groove to release first album featuring original songs (11/17/17)
- Southern Illinois farmer's grapevines destroyed by dicamba; four years of work lost (10/29/17)2
- 1 dead, 3 hurt in accident on Highway 72 (11/19/17)
- Son of Westboro Baptist Church patriarch discusses abuse, faith (11/15/17)6
- Crowell leads effort to cut low-income tax credits in Missouri (11/19/17)6
Couple ready to serve their neighbors
Stories about Jim and Billie Probst are so incredible, they come across like parables on generosity. "The Good Samaritan" might as well have been about them.
When America is at its worst, the Probsts are at their best. They leave their home in Doniphan, Mo., and check in at the Southeast Missouri Chapter of the American Red Cross office in Cape Girardeau. Then it's off to assist wherever and however they are needed.
Most recently, that was to the East Coast to assist victims of Hurricane Isabel, whose houses were destroyed and who have been forced to live without electricity or clean water.
The couple also worked for 28 days at ground zero at the World Trade Center and came to Jackson in May to help families who lost their homes and businesses to a devastating tornado.
Red Cross leaders say they need more volunteers like the Probsts. Even those who can't take off to help their neighbors physically can do so financially by sending money to the Disaster Relief Fund, American Red Cross, 2430 Myra Drive, Cape Girardeau, Mo. 63701.