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Leavitt Foundation gives $7.5M to university; funds building, scholarships 

CEDAR CITY — Holding back his emotions at the conclusion of Southern Utah University’s Founders’ Day celebration Thursday, SUU President Scott L. Wyatt announced the largest single gift received in SUU’s history, a $7.5 million contribution from the Dixie and Anne Leavitt Foundation. From the Leavitt Foundation donation, $5 million will go toward the construction […]

The BYU Ballroom Dance Company performs. Date and location not specified | Photo courtesy of BYU Ballroom Dance, St. George News

School district foundation presents BYU Ballroom Dance, raises grant funds 

ST. GEORGE — The Washington County School District Foundation, the fundraising arm of the school district, will present the Brigham Young University Ballroom Dance Company’s “Capture the Magic” concert Friday evening at Desert Hills High School located at 828 E. Desert Hills Dr. in St. George. Proceeds from the concert will help fund grants for fine arts […]

Dual immersion students participate in a Chinese New Year program, Santa Clara, Utah, Feb. 19, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Jill Hunt, St. George News

Dual immersion language council invites parents to informational meeting 

ST. GEORGE — The Washington County Language Immersion Council, a parent and community group designed to help inform and support parents and schools in their dual language immersion programs, is holding an informational meeting Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. in the Woodward building located at 75 W. Tabernacle St. in St. George. “The Dual Immersion Council consists […]


Gonorrhea skyrocket not as huge as chlamydia rates in Southern Utah 

SOUTHERN UTAH – Across the country and along the Wasatch Front trends show an exceptionally high spike in cases of gonorrhea, particularly in women; Southern Utah data, however, reveals a different trend. “We’re a different animal down here,” Southwest Utah Public Health Department spokesman David Heaton said. There is a large variance between trends in northern Utah […]

Dixie Regional Medical Center, St. George, Utah, January 2012 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

Nursing program receives $100,000 diversity scholarship gift 

ST. GEORGE — Dixie State University announced Thursday that its nursing program received a $100,000 contribution from Intermountain Healthcare to create a scholarship initiative for diversity in nursing. The contribution, in partnership with Intermountain’s human resources and nursing departments, will support the promotion of diversity in the health care workforce. “This is a wonderful gift […]

Former Dixie State University professor Varlo Davenport was fired from his position in the midst of allegations made by a student, date and location of photo not specified | Foreground photo courtesy of "Reinstate Varlo Davenport" group, St. George News

Controversy, unrest persist over Dixie State firing professor; prosecutor reviews complaint 

ST. GEORGE – Dixie State University students and alumni are clamoring for the reinstatement of former theater arts professor Varlo Davenport, who was terminated in December 2014 after a student accused him of physically assaulting her during a classroom acting exercise. Those present in the class and theater professionals have since affirmed the exercise as a normal […]


Guest writers speak to Dixie Forum on prose, poetry 

ST. GEORGE — Offering attendees a look inside the world of prose and poetry, Caitlin Horrocks and W. Todd Kaneko will present about art forms Tuesday at noon at Dixie State University’s next installment in the “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” series held in the the Dunford Auditorium in the Browning Resource Center on […]

Community celebrates 25th anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act 

ST. GEORGE — The Red Rock Center for Independence along with Dixie State University are hosting two special celebrations in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and everyone is invited to attend. Monday evening resource gathering Monday from 5-8 p.m. there will be a free and informative event held on the lawn east […]

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Dixie Garden Club scholarship applications due 

ST GEORGE — The March 28 deadline is fast approaching to apply for a scholarship provided by the Dixie Garden Club. This year they will be awarding two scholarships to entering freshmen or current Dixie State University students enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science program. The monetary award of each scholarship is […]

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River friendly landscapes workshop 

ST. GEORGE — A workshop discussing river friendly landscapes will be presented at the Tonaquint Nature Center Saturday at 10 a.m. by Candace Schaible, Utah State University extension horticulturist. The workshop, “Slow, Spread and Sink: River Friendly Landscapes” will explain how to connect your front yard and watershed. Schaible will discuss designing sustainable, aesthetically appealing landscapes by slow, spread […]

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‘The Vagina Project’ brings awareness to women’s issues 

ST. GEORGE — The Dixie State University Social and Behavioral sciences departments are hosting a three-day event titled “The Vagina Project, Each in Her Own Way” Wednesday through Friday at the DSU campus. The event will bring awareness to the issues women face throughout their life journeys. Admission is free. During the event, a silent auction will be held to raise […]


Southwest Applied Technology College offers leadership excellence classes 

CEDAR CITY — Southwest Applied Technology College will be the host for a Leadership Excellence Series beginning on April 22. Katie Meeks, a local Cedar City professional and instructor for Soaring Eagle Enterprises, will facilitate this nine-unit program that includes: Intro to leadership/leadership transition Interpersonal communication skills Tone setting Morale and motivation, Coaching, positive and corrective feedback […]


Superintendent addresses Women in Business luncheon attendees 

CEDAR CITY — Iron County School District Superintendent Shannon Delaney will speak at the next Women in Business luncheon to be held Wednesday at noon at the Stone Haven Special Events Center located at 647 South Cross Hollow Road in Cedar City. In addition to Delaney speaking, there will be delicious food and door prizes available when you bring […]

Tonaquint Campus of DXATC, St. George, Utah, 2013 | Photo courtesy of DXATC, St. George News

DXATC plans new campus, gets $31 million in funding from Legislature 

ST. GEORGE – After waiting 10 years for a permanent home, Dixie Applied Technology College is $31.9 million closer to that goal, and president Kelle Stephens is ecstatic. The Utah Legislature approved the funding during its 2015 General Session as part of a $14.4 billion budget which was proposed by Gov. Gary R. Herbert in December 2014, and officially […]

Volunteers examine pregnant does before returning them to the wild, Angle staging area, Angle, Utah, March 1, 2015 | Photo by Carin Miller, St. George News

On location with researchers; 4-year fawn survival study begins final year 

FEATURE – Despite the sharp bite to the flurried afternoon March 1, a collaborative group of helicopter pilots, biologists and student volunteers spent the day catching, studying and releasing Monroe Mountain coyotes and pregnant mule deer hoping to answer the question: Why is the mule deer population declining; and what roles do predators, and fawn […]

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