- Man accused of setting fire to Delta bar; posted photos of it burning on Facebook (9/17/17)5
- McClure man accused of leaving children in hot truck while gambling in casino (9/19/17)1
- New boutique store advocates for special-needs people (9/19/17)
- Say Cheese: The story behind the famous sandwiches at the East Perry Fair (9/22/17)
- Anne Limbaugh dies, leaves legacy of caring (9/22/17)
- Retailer may come to Jackson; rezoning needed first (9/17/17)2
- Planet Fitness to anchor Town Plaza shopping center (9/18/17)2
- Former major-league slugger Darryl Strawberry to speak at La Croix (9/20/17)
- Mo. conservation agents help fight fires in western U.S. (9/15/17)
- Owner of Mary Jane Burgers & Brew in Perryville to open new culinary concept in Cape (9/15/17)3
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.