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

Appalachian Power begins drawing from solar power for the first time; power comes from solar farm in Henry County. More coming from Campbell and Wythe counties. — Virginia Mercury.

Apparel company in Henry County to expand, create 82 jobs. — Virginia Business and Martinsville Bulletin and Henry County Enterprise.

Southwest Virginia may have turned a corner on covid cases. — WJHL-TV.

Roanoke airport traffic tops 2020 numbers. — WSLS-TV.

McAuliffe outlines “big, full plans” during visit to Lynchburg. — Lynchburg News & Advance.

Preserve on Poor Mountain in Roanoke County expanded by state grant. — The Roanoke Times.

Altavista-based bank sees third quarter profits triple. — Lynchburg News & Advance.

Elon Musk’s satellite-based Starlink internet service helps Dickenson County family. — The Dickenson Star.

Federal disaster declaration approved for flood-damaged Buchanan County. — Bluefield Daily Telegraph.

Carroll County clerk’s office mourns employee who died from COVID-19. — The Carroll News

Two historical markers to be dedicated in Bristol on Saturday. — WCYB-TV.

Abingdon director’s faith-based films find success. — The Washington County News.