Rendering of the future Hard Rock casino in Bristol. Courtesy of Hard Rock.

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

Politics:

Martinsville City Council looks at using ARPA funds to balance budget. — Martinsville Bulletin.

Martinsville City Council takes reversion fight to Virginia Supreme Court. —Martinsville Bulletin.

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Virginia, visits Blue Ridge Discovery Center in Grayson County. — Bristol Herald Courier.

Nottoway supervisors move to repeal county’s renewable energy ordinance and begin anew. — Blackstone Courier Record.

Economy:

Bristol casino gets final regulatory approval; set for July 8 opening of temporary facility. — Virginia Business and Bristol Herald Courier and WCYB-TV and Kingsport Times-News. (We have this backgrounder in which other small cities with casinos give advice to Bristol and Danville).

Eight Pittsylvania County students headed to national skill trades competition in Atlanta. — Chatham Star Tribune.

Virginia Technical Institute students advance to same competition. — Altavista Journal.

Rules for Danville’s new Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area explained. — Chatham Star Tribune. (See this background story on how Danville will be the first in the state with such a zone.)

Sentara opens new labor and delivery unit in South Boston. — Halifax Gazette-Virginian.

Tourism initiative pays dividends in Appomattox. — Appomattox Times-Virginian.

Bluefield aims to create food truck incubator program. — Bluefield Daily Telegraph.

Roanoke retirement community experiments with food-serving robot to make up for staff shortages. — WDBJ-TV.

Culture:

Jamey Johnson will play Roanoke’s Dr Pepper Park in October. — WSET-TV.

Homelessness in Roanoke declines but count of those living outdoors projected to reach record highs. — Roanoke Rambler.

Growing number of Confederate flags in Danville sparks concern. — WSET-TV.