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


Virginia’s economic growth will slow in 2022, Old Dominion University economists predict. — Virginia Business.

Lawsuit against big solar project in Charlotte County dismissed. — Southside Messenger.

Planning commission tables ordinance that would lift Nottoway County’s ban on solar farms. — Blackstone Courier-Record.

Believe in Bristol program to award $80,000 in grants to entrepreneurs. — WCYB-TV.


Fincastle man charged in connection with January 6 Capitol riot. — The Roanoke Times and WSLS-TV.

Pocahontas Correctional Center inmate dies in Roanoke after attack. — Bluefield Daily Telegraph and WVVA-TV.

Church in Lee County burns; investigation underway. — WCYB-TV and WJHL-TV.

Elk illegally killed in Buchanan County; reward offered. — WCYB-TV.

Politics and government:

Roanoke NAACP criticizes Senate’s failure to pass voting rights act. — The Roanoke Times.

Lynchburg mayor rebukes council member after school board meeting. — Lynchburg News & Advance.

Bristol city manager says no state or federal help expected for stinky landfill. — Bristol Herald Courier.

Rep. Ben Cline, R-Botetourt County, calls on President Biden to address inflation, violent crime. — WSLS-TV.

Cline discusses Ukraine, inflation, crime. — WSET-TV.


Centra reaches all-time high for covid patients. — WSET-TV.

Ballad’s covid hospitalizations hit new record. — WJHL-TV.

Virginia reports 8th child to die of covid. — WSET-TV.

Danville school board to tackle mask rules. — Danville Register & Bee.

School districts in region take different paths on masks. — Martinsville Bulletin.

Student mask rule in Mecklenburg County remains in effect for now. — The Mecklenburg Sun.

Wise County and Norton to comply with governor’s order on masks. — Norton Coalfield Progress.


Amtrak to conduct formal audit after train stuck on tracks near Lynchburg for hours during snowstorm. — WSET-TV.

Student and teacher at Bath County’s Valley Elementary receive award for lifesaving after helping student who was choking. — WDBJ-TV.