Here are some of the top headlines from other news outlets around Southwest and Southside:

Statewide covid rate surges, now higher than rates in Southwest Virginia, which had been the state’s highest. — WJHL-TV.

Roger Davis, who became known nationally as “the marijuana martyr” for being sentenced to 40 years for nine ounces of pot in Wythe County, now hopes to get license to operate cannabis business. — The Roanoke Times.

Virginia Tech-North Carolina men’s basketball game postponed due to covid. — The Roanoke Times.

Nottoway County Board of Supervisors asks that Fort Pickett be renamed Fort Nottoway. — Blackstone Courier Record.

Gambling revenues rises at Rosie’s Emporium in Vinton. — WDBJ-TV.

State seeks public input on location of New River Valley passenger rail station. — The Roanoke Times.

Starbucks coming to South Boston. — South Boston News & Record.