U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia. Official portrait.

Here’s a round-up of headlines from other news outlets around Southwest and Southside.


More than 50 U.S. House members object to environmental permitting deal with Sen. Joe Manchin that would speed completion of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. — Virginia Mercury. (See background story on the political obstacles facing this deal).

Roanoke names first woman as fire marshal. — The Roanoke Times.

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner discusses changing formula so small communities can qualify for FEMA aid. — Bristol Herald Courier. (See background story on Hurley flooding and difficulties of qualifying for aid.)

Tazewell County supervisors to discuss adding places for electric car charging stations. — Bluefield Daily Telegraph.

State Sen. Steve Newman, R-Bedford County, to sponsor bill to untie Virginia from California emissions standards. — WSET-TV.


Halifax supervisors approve 1,533-acre solar project. — South Boston News & Record.

Pittsylvania residents express concern about solar farms. — Chatham Star-Tribune.

Roanoke tech entrepreneur Bonz Hart dies. — The Roanoke Times.

Airbnb in Danville’s River District to feature 7-foot-tall red elephant sculpture. — Danville Register and Bee.

Danville Area Training Center names new assistant director. — Danville Register and Bee.


Chief operating officer at William & Mary hired by Virginia Tech. — Richmond Times-Dispatch.


Blue Ridge Rock Festival is underway; will double population of Halifax County. — Halifax Gazette-Virginian and South Boston News & Record and WDBJ-TV.

Farmville town council discusses potential splashpad. — The Farmville Herald.