Here are some of the top headlines from around Southwest and Southside:

The number of Afghan refugees being temporarily housed at Fort Pickett in Nottoway County could reach 10,800 more. — Blackstone Courier-Record.

Farmville Town Council discusses whether Afghan refugees will strain local health system — The Farmville Herald

Ballad Health Systems says Covid deaths rising in Southwest Virginia. — Bristol Herald-Courier.

Covid cases in Prince Edward County double. — The Farmville Herald.

Liberty University requires employees to wear masks. — (Lynchburg) News and Advance

Pittsylvania County aims to bring high-speed internet to nearly ever home. — Danville Register and Bee.