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


Water authority to spend $13.5 million to remove ‘forever chemical’ from Spring Hollow Reservoir. — The Roanoke Times.

Bedford supervisors deny rezoning that would have allowed new subdivision. — Lynchburg News and Advance.

Lynchburg planners unanimously recommend Dearington neighborhood plan. — Lynchburg News and Advance.

Amherst Town Council appoints interim member. — Lynchburg News and Advance.

Tensions high on Nottoway electoral board. — Blackstone Courier-Record.

Two vie for Rocky Mount mayor. — Franklin News-Post.


Tourism survey reveals positives and negatives about Dan River region. — Danville Register and Bee.

Coal show exhibitors say business is booming. — Bluefield Daily Telegraph.

Bristol Casino grossed $14.3 million in August. — WJHL-TV.


Amherst County schools roll out electric buses. — Lynchburg News and Advance.

Virginia schools among top in country to use solar energy. — Richmond Times-Dispatch. (See background story: “A 10-year pipeline of solar jobs in coal country?“)

Nottoway school board bucks superintendent, reinstates Weekday Religious Education. — Blackstone Courier-Record.

Martinsville schools to perform mental health assessments on students. — WSLS-TV.