Top 5 weekend stories on St. George News

Aerial view of the scene of a railroad train derailment near Lund, Utah, July 16, 2021 | Photo courtesy of Iron County Sheriff's Office, St. George News / Cedar City News

ST. GEORGE — In case you missed it, here is your weekend recap of the top five most viewed stories published on St. George News from Saturday through Sunday, July 17-18.

See the related stories at the bottom of this page for five honorable mention stories.

St. George hospital moves beyond capacity as COVID-19 resurgence continues nationwide

ST. GEORGE — St. George Regional Hospital has had days in the past week where it had more admitted patients than it has available beds as Southern Utah, the state and the nation continues to see a resurgence of COVID-19 – chiefly among those who are not vaccinated. 

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Officials confirm heavy rains washed out sections of track, leading to train derailment

CEDAR CITY — A freight train derailment in a remote part of Iron County late Thursday night was caused by a heavy rainstorm that washed away the ground beneath large sections of track, officials confirmed Friday afternoon.

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Man faces aggravated assault charge for allegedly hitting wife in head with shovel in Apple Valley

ST. GEORGE — A family in Apple Valley awoke early Monday morning to a stranger at the door asking for water, which set in motion a series of events that led Washington County Sheriff’s deputies to arrest a man for aggravated assault, after wading through conflicting accounts between an estranged couple that became stranded out in the desert.

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Doing the Rattlesnake Shake 

Great Basin rattlesnake in Southwestern Utah, June, 2019 | Photo courtesy of Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, St. George News

FEATURE — Let’s face it. No one wants to have an unexpected encounter with a rattlesnake slithering around the outdoor playgrounds of Southern Utah. Like them or not, rattlesnakes are a protected species in Utah because they play a vital role in the local ecosystem.

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Washington County to build new parking structure in downtown St. George 

The Washington County Administration Building being built next to the building it will replace, St. George, Utah, July 9, 2021 | Photo by Mori Kessler. St. George News

ST. GEORGE — The city of St. George will see a second parking structure built downtown in the near future while the county jail will get an expansion in medical services thanks to resolutions recently passed by the Washington County Commission.

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The top five honorable mention stories can be found below in the related stories below.

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