Martinsville City Council meets here. Courtesy of City of Martinsville.
Martinsville City Council meets here. Courtesy of City of Martinsville.

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


Democrats still counting votes from 4th District firehouse primary. — Richmond Times-Dispatch.


Only bank in town of Fries is closing next year. — The Declaration.

Eco-friendly store to open in Abingdon. — WCYB-TV.

Ballad Health posts $9.3 million operating loss in first quarter of new fiscal year. — WJHL-TV. (See our background story: “Hospitals face ‘broad and serious’ threats as pandemic-related losses mount.”)

Law enforcement / education:

Martinsville police fire school resource officer who was involved in confrontation with middle school student. — Martinsville Bulletin and WDBJ-TV and WSLS-TV and WSET-TV.

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Lynchburg to host 2024 Professional Disc Golf Association world championships. — WSET-TV.


Follow weather journalist Kevin Myatt on Twitter at @kevinmyattwx and sign up for his free weather email newsletter. His weekly column appears in Cardinal News each Wednesday afternoon.

From Wednesday night: “Moisture already streaming across state line into Va. Early precip likely sleet, even a few wet snowflakes, but will go liquid with warmer air aloft by AM. Surface temps varying 30-34ish will determine if your spot has ice for a while. Most places Blue Ridge & west get a little.”

Also: Myatt is interviewed on the Cardinal News Update — Blue Ridge PBS.