Some of the growth around Smith Mountain Lake. Courtesy of SML Chamber of Commerce.

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


Appalachian Power adds equipment to clean up Leesville and Smith Mountain lakes. — WDBJ-TV.

Natural gas industry says no need for state methane emission regulation. — Virginia Mercury.

Public safety:

With federal inmates gone, Piedmont Regional Jail weighs options. — The Farmville Herald.


What a U.S. debt default could mean for thousands of families in Virginia. — WDBJ-TV.


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