Here are some of the top headlines from other news outlets around Southwest and Southside:
Rising covid cases force Lynchburg’s Centra to open space at Bedford Memorial. — Lynchburg News & Advance.
One-third of all admissions to Senatara Halifax Regional Hospital are covid. — South Boston News & Record.
Record numbers flooding hospitals. — Halifax Gazette-Virginian
Temporary urgent care center opened in South Hill. — South Boston News & Record.
With covid on rise, Centra limits visitation. — Chatham Star-Tribune.
Omicron hospitalizations up. — Bristol Herald Courier.
Virginia to open nine new testing sites, including one in Roanoke. — Virginia Mercury.
Lynchburg-area colleges gear up for covid. — Lynchburg News & Advance.
Roanoke County School board reverses course on masking, at least for awhile. — The Roanoke Times.
U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., says lack of communication from Amtrak during storm “inexcusable.” — The Roanoke Times.
With casino and other projects, Danville plans to rebrand itself. — Danville Register & Bee.
State Sen. John Edwards, D-Roanoke, among Democrats raising questions about Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin’s pick for Secretary of Natural Resources; nomination could be in jeopardy. — Richmond Times-Dispatch.
“I never really had a sense of fear,” Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Salem, says about Jan. 6. — WSET-TV.
Gov. Ralph Northam visits Craig County. — WDBJ-TV and WSLS-TV.
Starbucks coming to Rocky Mount. — The Roanoke Times.
Hotel Charlotte condemned. — Southside Messenger
Del. Jeff Campbell, R-Smyth County, to file bill creating solid waste regional authority. — WCYB-TV.
Pittsylvania County solar farm sold to Appalachian. — WSET-TV
Fourth person dies from hepatitis outbreak in Roanoke. — WSLS-TV and The Roanoke Times