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

Cumberland County approves broadband project. – The Farmville Herald

Botetourt and Montgomery counties seek grants for broadband. — The Roanoke Times.

Biotech firm in Wise County poised for growth. — Norton Coalfield Progress

Survey seeks solution to child care shortage in Bedford County. — Lynchburg News & Advance.

Farmville book publisher is at center of national controversy in lucrative field of romance novels. — The New York Times.

Averett University marks zero infections, 81% vaccinated. – Danville Register & Bee.

Emory & Henry College gets $53,000 in grants for agricultural research. – Bristol Herald-Courier.

Governor Northam seeks federal disaster declaration for Buchanan County following floods. — Bluefield Daily Telegraph.

Despite pandemic, on-time graduation rates are high in Lynchburg, elsewhere. — Lynchburg News & Advance

Staff losses in Henry County Sheriff’s Office in double digit; sheriff asks for pay raises — Henry County Enterprise.

Acclaimed play by Henry County native gets second run on Broadway. — Martinsville Bulletin