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

Virus cases declining elsewhere, but not in Dan River region. — Danville Register & Bee.

Some Franklin County school board candidates boosted by group opposed to mask mandates. — The Roanoke Times.

9-year-old in Buckingham County fought covid in ICU. — Farmville Herald.

Martinsville’s in-house fiber optic network down for 26 hours. — Martinsville Bulletin.

Population gains would help fill job vacancies. — Bluefield Daily Telegraph.

Goodwill Industries of Roanoke Valley launches solar project that will generate 90% of its power. — The Roanoke Times.