- Fatal-shooting victim ID'd; uncle said he tried to break up fight (9/29/16)29
- Driver charged with manslaughter in crash that killed 2 (9/27/16)
- Sister: Shooting victim died a hero (9/30/16)5
- Perryville couple arrested on felony drug charges after sting operation (9/29/16)
- Perryville High principal on leave; no reason given (9/28/16)9
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)9
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Animal-rescue group receives grant from rock star for spay, neuter assistance (9/28/16)1
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
- Monia pleads guilty to 9 counts of financial exploitation of elderly; dealings with murderer Joseph clarified (9/28/16)11
Last week's snowstorm in the Cape Girardeau area fulfilled the wishes of all those children dreaming of a white Christmas. It also brought stories of near-heroic efforts -- and a fair share of complaints.
The snow came in two batches, which meant the road-clearing efforts after the first wave were all but obliterated by the second wave.
And heavy weekday traffic -- augmented by holiday shoppers trying to make last-minute purchases -- packed the snow on city streets.
Crews working long hours to clear streets and roads, make emergency calls, deliver the newspaper (on most routes) and provide essential services deserve a big thank you. Many of these individuals toiled without sleep for as much as 24 hours or longer.
The sub-freezing temperatures prolonged the misery, however. This area is used to winter storms followed by thawing temperatures. But this time the snow packed on city streets and sidewalks and piled up in front of mailboxes and driveways lingered ... and lingered ... and lingered.
As a result, mail and newspaper deliveries were missed in some areas. Many motorists struggled to get out of their neighborhoods to reach the relative safety of main streets and roads. There will be lots of questions for a long time about why snow clearing efforts all but stopped inside the city limits after the second day.
There were heroes during and after the storm. Countless motorists helped get stranded vehicles going again. And county residents with snow-moving equipment provided untold assistance to road crews to clear deep drifts in the country.
With warmer temperatures a week later, the worst of the blizzard memories are gone. And, like so many others, we think how lucky we were in comparison to those poor souls around the Indian Ocean.