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Cape Leaders Remember Local Businessman Chris Hutson

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Chris Hutson, co-owner of Hutson’s Big Sandy Superstore, a multi-generational family-owned furniture and mattress outlet in downtown Cape Girardeau, died Tuesday, Nov. 8, at age 59.

At presstime, funeral arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Funeral Home.

“It’s been difficult for him and for all of us because of Chris’ most recent health issues but it was an absolute privilege to work with him. We’re so thankful of the time we had with a great friend, boss and mentor,” said Christa Zickfield, the company’s finance manager. “He was so goofy. He would lighten our mood and keep everything even-keeled, especially with all the changes here over the last four years.”

Cape Girardeau Fire Department Limited With River Access Due To Low Levels

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – With the ongoing drought and the Mississippi River hitting low levels in the area, this is causing issues getting their boats out on the water.

That holds true for the Cape Girardeau Fire Department as well as they are limited in deploying certain equipment they use due to the low water.

Cape Girardeau Fire Battalion Chief Norman Baker said that river access points in the City of Cape Girardeau are now mostly inaccessible as there is not enough depth for their boats to float in.

As far as being able to assist anybody who is stranded out on the river due to a mechanical issue or having any type of medical event on barge traffic that goes up and down the river, were limited on our access to them, Baker said.

Baker said to use their larger boat, the river needs to be at least 12.5 feet on the river gauge to be able to launch from the Red Star boat ramp. The river currently sits at around 6.5 feet on the river gauge.

Basically, Red Star access is locked out, covered with sandbar right now, Baker said. We do have other options though to be able to get out and assist anybody on the river. Weve got some smaller inflatable boats that usually 4 people can carry.

Baker said while the low river levels do limit them in some capacities, they are still going to assist anyone that needs help however they can.

Baker said if you do have any kind of emergency while out on the river to not hesitate and call 911 for assistance.

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Baker Implement Company Donates Two Tractors To Southeast


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. For the second year in a row, Baker Implement Company, a farm equipment supply company in Cape Girardeau, has donated two tractors for use by the Department of Agriculture at Southeast Missouri State University.

These two mid-sized tractors have all the latest equipment, making them a great resource for our students, said Collin Schabbing, the Department of Agricultures farm manager at the David M. Barton Agriculture Research Center. The University owns two older tractors, but the two provided by Baker Implement will help students learn the latest in farming technology.

We are so thankful for the opportunity to partner with Baker Implement and Case IH because this offers an extremely valuable learning opportunity for the students to see and get hands-on experience using the newest technologies in these tractors, Schabbing said.

Those features include precision agriculture, he continued, like the self-drive mode, where the tractor uses GPS to guarantee straight and precise rows, allowing the students/farmers to take advantage of every inch of ground.

We are happy to be in a position that benefits Southeast and the agriculture students, said Steve Brown, Baker Implement Company store manager. Our industry changes rapidly, and students need to be familiar with this equipment, he said. It will help them succeed after graduation.

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