Here are some of the top headlines around Southwest and Southside from the long holiday weekend:
Lee Enterprises adopts “poison pill” strategy to ward off takeover by Alden Capital. Lee owns most of the daily newspapers in Virginia — Bristol, Culpeper, Charlottesville, Danville, Fredericksburg, Lynchburg, Martinsville, Richmond and Roanoke — as well as many of the weeklies and semi-weeklies, such as those in Rocky Mount and Wytheville. Alden has a reputation for cutting newsroom staffs. — The Wall Street Journal and Axios.
Construction to begin soon on Bristol casino. — Bristol Herald Courier.
Virginia redistributes prison population for redistricting purposes, as per new state law. Richmond and Norfolk are gainers, localities in Southwest and Southside are losers. — Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Henry County fails to approve reversion ordinance for Martinsville to become a town. — Martinsville Bulletin.
Virginia Economic Development Partnership names interim president. — Virginia Business.
Sports complex in Abingdon nears completion; opening set for April. — Bristol Herald Courier.
Survey provides guide for future growth for Union Hall community in Franklin County. — The Roanoke Times.
Ferrum College announces staffing changes in Office of Student Life & Engagement. — The Roanoke Times.
Blacksburg, Montgomery County staff working on land trust proposal as a way to create affordable housing in the town. — The Roanoke Times.
Farmville hires director of community development. — The Farmville Herald.
Carroll County school renovations to proceed. — The Galax Gazette.
Downtown Lynchburg construction reaches milestone. — WSET-TV.
Legacy Education Center in Lynchburg was born out of desire to improve Lynchburg’s high poverty rate. — Lynchburg News & Advance.
Red Hill’s new director of community engagement hopes to educate broader audience about Patrick Henry homesite. — Lynchburg News & Advance.
Delegate Tommy Wright visits Cumberland County schools. — The Farmville Herald.
Patrick & Henry Community College training facility in Stuart to be named after former Gov. Gerald Baliles and Richard S. Reynolds Sr. — The Henry County Enterprise.