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

Politics and government:

Blacksburg planning commission recommends affordable housing project on split vote. — The Roanoke Times.

National Butterfly Center in Texas closes indefinitely after threats fro right-wing conspiracy theorists. — San Antonio Express-News. (The candidate challenging Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Salem, for the Republican nomination in the 9th District was recently videotaped in a confrontation at the butterfly center.)

Griffith urges action on fentanyl bill by Feb. 18 — Southwest Times.

Roanoke ranks last among Virginia metros for LGBT-friendly policies. — Roanoke Rambler.

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Virginia, expects better broadband and infrastructure in Southwest Virignia due to federal funding. — WJHL-TV.


Radford University lifts student vaccine requirement. — The Roanoke Times.

Ballad: 97% of patients on ventilators aren’t vaccinated. — WJHL-TV.

Danville school leaders keep masks mandatory. — Chatham Star-Tribune.

Mecklenburg County lifts mask mandate. — The Mecklenburg Sun.

Cases drop but hospitalizations rise in Halifax County. — Halifax Gazette-Virginian.


Liberty Trust hotel in downtown Roanoke to open in March. — The Roanoke Times.

Medical marijuana dispensary opens in Christiansburg. — WDBJ-TV and WSLS-TV.


Eight Dominican boys lured to South Hill by promise of baseball camp that never materialized returned home. — South Boston News and Record.

Roanoke Valley sees rises in hepatitis cases. — WSLS-TV.

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner says Amtrak admits mistakes with train stranded north of Lynchburg during snowstorm. — WSET-TV.

Tazewell County Fair to mark 150th anniversary in August. — Bluefield Daily Telegraph