- 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
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.