Here are some of the top stories about Southwest and Southside:

Virginia expects to achieve universal broadband by 2024, Gov. Ralph Northam says. — Virginia Business and Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Defense department grant will train workers in Danville — Danville Register & Bee and Virginia Business.

Children now account for more than 20% of covid cases in Virginia. — Virginia Mercury.

Roanoke City Council asks indicted member to take leave of absence; he declines. — The Roanoke Times.

Another mile added to Mendota Trail. — Bristol Herald Courier.

New craft brewery opens in Collinsville. — Martinsville Bulletin.