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

The COVID-19 case rate in Southwest Virginia is 2.3 times the state average. — WJHL-TV.

Statewide, covid hospitalizations continue to drop. — WDBJ-TV.

Roanoke Valley schools increase emphasis on careers. — The Roanoke Times.

Fund-raiser underway to help Afghan refugees in the Roanoke Valley; ends today. — WSLS-TV.

Former Attorney General, gubernatorial candidate Mary Sue Terry of Patrick County set to become a minister. — Richmond Times-Dispatch.