- Two men seriously hurt in crash near Fruitland (9/21/16)3
- Community helps Jackson family with two cases of muscular dystrophy (9/19/16)
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Eldorado Resorts to buy Isle of Capri Casinos (9/20/16)7
- Concealed-carry restrictions remain in Missouri despite new state law (9/18/16)22
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)6
- Funeral procession of former Cape Girardeau police chief Henry H. Gerecke (9/22/16)17
- Cape man accused of attacking pregnant girlfriend (9/22/16)
- Poplar Bluff man accused of beating a grandmother to death with baseball bat (9/18/16)
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
Response to Gustav
Last week when forecasters were predicting a Category 4 hurricane would hit near New Orleans, Kristopher Naeger, formerly of Cape Girardeau, and his wife, Delphine Roussel, recalled the horrible days following Hurricane Katrina. This time, they decided to head to Kristopher's parents' house, where Rick and Vickie Naeger welcomed them and many more to Cape Girardeau.
The storm was not as strong as predicted. Some wonder whether the forecast was overplayed and fear that residents along the southern coast may ignore cries of wolf in the future. With the unpredictable nature of hurricanes, it seems more prudent to err on the side of caution.
Any evacuation of the southern coast will involve masses of people moving northward. Places like Cape Girardeau play an important role in saving lives, and it's encouraging to know that people like the Naegers are willing to help.
But they weren't the only ones. Several local law enforcement and health agencies, as well as local Red Cross, Salvation Army and Humane Society chapters were prepared to welcome several hundred evacuees. This time, thankfully, not much aid was needed.