Large field fire stops traffic, Search on for missing boater after crash

Emergency crews are searching for a missing man after two boats collided on Rend Lake.
Emergency crews are searching for a missing man after two boats collided on Rend Lake.
This aerial view from Norm Swafford shows a hayfield on fire near Dexter.
This aerial view from Norm Swafford shows a hayfield on fire near Dexter.

Several emergency agencies are searching for a missing person after two boats collided on Rend Lake this afternoon. Franklin County Sheriff Don Jones says a man and woman have major injuries and were airlifted to a hospital. Emergency crews are searching for a missing man. Three men were on one boat. One man was airlifted and the two others had minor injuries. A man and woman were on the other boat. The woman in that boat was airlifted to a hospital. The man is missing. Arnold Wyrick has been on the scene all afternoon.

Highway 25 and Highway 60 are back open after firefighters worked to get a large field fire under control today. It burned a stretch of 11 miles from Dexter to Bernie along some railroad tracks. Christy Millweard talked to people living in the area and a fire chief about some tense moments when the flames continued to lick the ground. One firefighter was injured.

Dozens of communities in the Heartland have issued burn bans. Check out our complete list online.

While many communities have banned fireworks because of the dry conditions and some have postponed city sponsored fireworks, some communities are still having 4th of July activities. Check out our list of 4th of July events in the Heartland. Fire officials and fireworks sellers urge caution when using fireworks during this dry weather.

While this month's extremely dry weather is not good for firefighters, it is good for construction workers. They are moving along with construction in downtown Cape Girardeau and haven't had any delays because of Mother Nature. Todd Tumminia talked with construction crews and business owners today.

The city of Metropolis is asking for donations of fans for those without air conditioning.

A Democrat-controlled election board in a southern Illinois county has kicked four Republican candidates off the November ballot for using paper clips instead of staples on their filings.

Herrin police busted a business for selling synthetic drugs.

Speaking of synthetic drugs, police arrested a man charged with eating his family's dog while the canine was still alive. The man is believed to have ingested a synthetic drug before the attack.

Two people were arrested in Cape Girardeau after alleged prostitution in broad daylight at a city park!

Facebook users beware: the company is making a subtle change to profile pages across its network.

The Grandstand lineup was announced today for the 90th Annual DuQuoin State Fair. The fair will be Aug. 24 through Sept. 3.

The Charleston Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a weekly Farmer's Market on Tuesdays from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Today was the first day and they sold out by the time it ended!

A young woman from Illinois will be one step closer to being Miss America Saturday night. That woman will be crowned in Marion. The Marion Cultural and Civic Center Hosts the Miss Illinois pageant this week.

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