The Richmond Times-Dispatch (RTD) is the leading newspaper in Central Virginia. Though the RTD has a website, the best way to search for articles back to 1985 is by using this link to the database Access World News. For tips on using this database, watch the brief "Local News with Access World News" video at the bottom of this page. The print version of the RTD is available in Cabell Library for the current week only.
The Library of Virginia has an index online, simple subject only, covering 1940's-1985.
Articles dating from the 1920s - 1980s are indexed in the Freeman File; the Freeman File is available in Cabell Library's Special Collections and Archives (4th floor).