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

Youngkin appoints Montgomery County Sheriff Hank Partin and former Wise County judge Chadwick Dotson to reconfigured parole board. — Virginia Mercury.

Youngkin backs off pledge to pull Virginia out of Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative through executive action. — Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Virginia may be nearing peak in omicron wave. — Danville Register & Bee.

Southwest covid numbers rise while statewide numbers flatten. — WJHL-TV.

Covid hospitalizations at Ballad up 47% since Christmas Eve. — WJHL-TV.

Ballad reports 10 children hospitalized for covid, most since pandemic started. — WCYB-TV.

Local woman uses crafting talents to show appreciation for vaccinators. — Lynchburg News & Advance.

Entrepreneurs get $90,000 to build businesses in Uptown Martinsville. — WSLS-TV.

Hard Rock Casino in Bristol to hold vendor and employment information sessions. — WCYB-TV.

Lebanon High School students win Congressional App Challenge in 9th District. — Bristol Herald Courier.

Funky’s Arcade Bar is a happening spot in Danville’s River District. — Chatham Star-Tribune.