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Volunteers from Dixie Divers help with cleanup of garbage under the water near the jumping rocks area of Sand Hollow Reservoir Saturday, Hurricane, Utah, Aug. 29, 2015 | Photo by Julie Applegate, St. George News

Volunteers dive, scour for trash, Sand Hollow jumping rocks 

HURRICANE – Volunteers turned out early Saturday morning to help Sand Hollow State Park crews clean trash and debris from the popular jumping rocks area, and the water around it. Crews worked in land and water, as a local dive shop brought a half-dozen scuba divers to help out. Trash collected included a variety of clothing, […]

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Veterans Aware: Upcoming opportunities for vets, military personnel 

ST. GEORGE — There are several opportunities available to veterans in Southern Utah, including a diver certification opportunity, stand down event and case lot sale. Fresh water diver certification Dixie Divers in St. George will provide six full paid scholarships to disabled veterans to become fresh water diving certified. The scholarships include all equipment, classroom and live […]

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Huntsman, others comment on GOP candidate positions on US-China relations 

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — If there was ever a week for the Republican presidential candidates to talk tough on China, this was it. Spurred by the stock market’s wild ride, they lashed out at the world’s most populous nation. Wisconsin’s Scott Walker demanded that President Barack Obama cancel an upcoming state visit with Chinese President Xi […]

An afternoon accident at Green Springs and Telegraph damaged three cars, Washington, Utah, August 28, 2015 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

2 crashes hours apart in Washington’s accident-prone intersection 

WASHINGTON CITY — A pair of accidents Friday evening almost 5 hours apart had the same cause and effect, damaging five cars and slowing traffic through a Washington intersection that has become known for being accident-prone. The first accident happened about 4:45 p.m. Friday, Washington City Police Public Information Officer Ed Kantor said. A blue Kia sedan […]


Success Academy ranks No. 1 in nation for ‘beating the odds’ 

ST. GEORGE — Newsweek recently ranked Success Academy at Southern Utah University in Cedar City the top school in its “Beating the Odds 2015″ list and ranked Success Academy in Utah, which has programs at both SUU, Dixie State University and online, No. 18 in its “America’s Top High Schools 2015″ listing. The annual “Beating the Odds” list identifies the 500 […]

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Early morning fireball attracts attention 

ST. GEORGE — Reports came in to the Utah Highway Patrol Cedar City Dispatch Center Friday describing a fireball streaking across the sky south of SunRiver St. George just before 7:30 a.m. A fireball occurs when a meteor enters Earth’s atmosphere and burns brightly before being consumed by the fire, and is defined by the American Meteor Society as an […]

Inside the renovated Electric Theater Center prior to the dedication, St. George, Utah, Aug. 28, 2015 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

Electric Theater Center: ‘Very fine hall’ has grand opening downtown St. George 

ST. GEORGE – When the Electric Theater first opened in September 1911, the Washington County News called it “a very fine hall.” Just over a century later, city officials hope to create that sentiment with the facility’s new iteration as the Electric Theater Center which had its grand opening and dedication Friday. Though delayed a […]

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Quick hits: Snow Canyon goes to 2-0 with road win at 5A Cottonwood 

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS — Snow Canyon’s defense allowed just 236 yards and forced four turnovers as the Warriors pulled off an impressive 26-13 win at 5A Cottonwood Friday night. Snow Canyon stayed undefeated in the early season by scoring 23 straight points in the middle quarters to best Cottonwood. Warrior quarterback Jackson Nowatzke completed 11 of […]

A bicyclist is injured after running a red light and being clipped by a car, St. George, Utah, Aug. 28, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Amy Palmer, St. George News

Cyclist injured, cited after running red light 

ST. GEORGE — Riding a bicycle down 400 East in St. George and running a red light became a painful combination for a cyclist Friday. “The bicyclist was heading southbound (on 400 East) and ran the red light,” St. George Police Officer Lona Trombley said. “He got clipped by a vehicle going eastbound (on 100 South).” The […]

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ATF, Sheriff’s Office offer $5,000 reward in stolen explosives case 

SALT LAKE CITY — A $5,000 reward is being offered by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office for information regarding the theft of high explosives from a bunker near Hildale. The theft occurred prior to Aug. 7, when the individual who keeps the explosives bunker discovered that a […]

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Sex, lies and audiotape: Marking 9 years since Warren Jeffs’ capture 

HILDALE – It’s been nine years since Warren Jeffs, leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, was captured by authorities. It was on Aug. 28, 2006, that the fugitive, then 50 years old, was apprehended during a traffic stop in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the vehicle with Jeffs at the time […]

Overlaid image: Entrance to Virgin River Hotel and Casino, Virgin River's 25th Anniversary logo, Mesquite, Nevada, date not specified | Photo and image courtesy of Virgin River General Manager Marty Rapson, St. George News

Virgin River Hotel, Casino celebrates silver anniversary; monthlong special events 

MESQUITE, Nev. – Like wine and good cheese some things just get better with age. That is almost certainly the case for the Virgin River Hotel and Casino, 100 N. Pioneer Blvd. in Mesquite, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary starting in September. The Virgin River Casino officially opened doors on Sept. 1, 1990, at 12:01 a.m. and […]

Hardhats and shovels at the read for Dixie State University's new student housing groundbreaking ceremony, St. George, Utah, Aug. 28, 2015 | Photo by Sheldon Demke, St. George News

Dixie State president hails groundbreaking for student housing a ‘momentum shift’ 

ST. GEORGE — A large crowd gathered to support Dixie State University’s groundbreaking ceremony Friday morning, marking the advent of a new student housing project, the first Dixie State has seen in almost 50 years. “Today we broke ground on the new student housing, Campus View Suites, here at Dixie University …,” Student Body President Matt Devore said. “I cannot […]

Wreckage of a semitrailer found below Hurricane Hill. Police were dispatched to locate the semi on Thursday when someone called it in.  One person is confirmed dead in association with the wreck. Hurricane, Utah, Aug. 27, 2015 | Photo by Kimberly Scott, St. George News

Man found dead in semi wreckage identified as former judge 

HURRICANE – The man found dead Thursday in a semitruck that went off a 200-foot cliff on state Route 59 near the Hurricane Hill Trailhead sometime during the past five days had served as a judge in Utah for more than 20 years. The deceased man has been identified as Walter K. Steed, of Hildale, police said Friday. Steed […]


Pacific Islander Coalition hosts free community film screenings 

ST. GEORGE — In association with Utah Pacific Island Heritage Month, the Southern Utah Pacific Islander Coalition will present free community film screenings Saturday from 5-9 p.m. at Snow Canyon High School, 1385 Lava Flow Drive in St. George. The films that will be shown are “Winning Girl,” “When the Moon Went South” and “To Weave […]

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