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

Virginia Tech’s first home football game was packed, but it didn’t turn into the virus super-spreader some feared. Here’s why.– National Review

Radial needs to fill 1,000 jobs in Martinsville. — Martinsville Bulletin.

Kline’s Dairy Bar, an iconic Harrisonburg-based ice cream chain, coming to Lynchburg. — Lynchburg News & Advance.

Middle schoolers get vaccinated in Pittsylvania County. — Chatham Star-Tribune.

Bank branch closes in Drakes Branch; mayor seeks replacement. — The Charlotte Gazette.

Grant helps Independence Farmers Market weather pandemic. — Galax Gazette.

State announces grants for water projects in Dante, St. Paul. — Bristol Herald-Courier.

Washington and Lee University names first associate provost for diversity, equity and inclusion. — Lexington News-Gazette.