Map by Robert Lunsford.

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

Politics:

Charlotte County supervisors issue conditional use permit for 21,000-acre Randolph solar project. — South Boston News & Record. (Background story: “Is Virginia at a solar crossroads?“)

Pittsylvania County planners approve two solar projects. — Chatham Star Tribune.

International City/County Management Association censures Amherst County administrator, says he engages in political activity by attending Libertarian convention and seeking appointment to state redistricting commission. — Lynchburg News and Advance.

Report estimates cost of eliminating odors from Bristol landfill at $15 million. — Bristol Herald Courier.

Increase in panhandlers sparks concern in Danville. — Chatham Star Tribune.

Economy:

Danville casino operator holds outreach event for minority-owned businesses. — The Danville Register and Bee and WDBJ-TV.

Firefighter opens restaurant in Glade Spring as a tribute to first responders. — Bristol Herald Courier.

Ballad Health announces it’s consolidating two hospitals in Norton. — WCYB-TV and Kingsport Times-News.

Culture:

Blue Ridge PBS brings first-ever all-digital TV station to Southwest Virginia. — The Roanoke Times.

Rookie Altavista police officer saves man’s life on third week on job. — Altavista Journal.

Emory & Henry hires softball coach. – WCYB-TV.

Danville’s Malik Clements slated to start for Winnipeg Blue Bombers in Canadian Football League showdown of undefeated teams. — Winnipeg Free Press. (Background story: “Aspiring dentist from Danville first aims for football career in Canada.“)