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Assistant Finance Director Verdillo retires

Assistant Finance Director Lydia Verdillo has retired from the Town of Vinton effective August 31, 2022. “Lydia Verdillo was hired as a Financial Analyst in the Finance Office in 2005 while I served as Treasurer/Finance Director,” said former Vinton Town Manager Barry Thompson. “Lydia proved to be a very hard working and meticulous team player on the Finance Team. She mastered the town’s payroll, accounting and tax systems as well as helped improved the day-to-day operations of the Finance Department. Lydia always welcomed challenges and new projects. She assisted me in establishing good accounting practices for the Town and establishing a finance procedural manual for the finance department as well as being a key liaison with our auditors for our annual audit. Lydia’s hard work and work ethic resulted in her being promoted to Assistant Finance Director.
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Police officers promoted, beloved pharmacist recognized at Town Council meeting

Emotions were running high at the Vinton Town Council meeting on September 6—and for only the best of reasons. Two dedicated Vinton police officers, Scott Hurt and Michael Caldwell, were promoted from sergeant to lieutenant and council recognized Sam Cundiff, a pillar of the community, upon his retirement. Council Chambers were filled with families and friends of those being honored. It was a poignant evening.
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WBHS cadets plant flags to remember 9/11

Cadets in the Navy National Defense Cadet Corps have placed 2,977 flags in front of William Byrd High School in observance of September 11, 2001. “This year marks the 21st year of the tragic events that took place on September 11, 2001,” said Naval Science Instructor David Perrin, USN (retired). “Nineteen terrorists who were members of Al-Qaeda hijacked four commercial airplanes. In a coordinated attack, the hijackers intentionally flew two of the planes into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, and a third into the Pentagon. Learning about the other hijackings, passengers, and crew members on the fourth plane launched a counterattack, spurring the hijacker pilot to crash the plane into a field in Pennsylvania.

Volleyball girls beat Abingdon in three sets

The William Byrd girls picked up their second volleyball win of the season last week when they defeated Region 3D rival Abingdon in three sets. The Terriers won 25-13, 25-16 and 25-22 in Vinton. Byrd got a good serving night from Ava Ashworth, who had four aces on the night...


The William Byrd girls will host Abingdon tonight after picking up their first win of the season Tuesday night. The girls beat Cave Spring in straight sets in Vinton. After opening with two state contenders, Hidden Valley and Glenvar, the Terriers were anxious to get back on the court Tuesday against the Knights, once the top dog in the Roanoke Valley. Byrd jumped out to a 25-17 win in the first set, then took the second 25-21. The third set went down to the wire but Byrd won 26-24 to send a big crowd home early with a well-earned victory.


The William Byrd golfers will get their turn to host the Blue Ridge District this. week as the regular season tour comes to the Blue Hills golf course. The six district teams will play a round on Tuesday, September 6, at the Roanoke County course. The district teams played at...

Dogs cool off at the Lancerlot with Dog Days of Summer

Temperatures on Saturday, August 27, were in the 90’s in Vinton, but the Lancerlot helped solve that problem for pups and their owners with the “Town of Vinton Dog Days of Summer.” This was the third year for the “coolest dog event of the summer,” and a huge crowd of dogs and their owners turned out to play, slip, and slide on the ice rink and swim in the outdoor swimming pool.

County introduces Navy National Defense Cadet Corps program at William Byrd

The Vinton community celebrates its military veterans and honors those who currently wear the uniform. We have the Vinton War Memorial and the High Ground Veterans Monument to extend tribute to those who have served or are serving. Families here seem eager for their children to learn and embrace traditional values of citizenship and patriotism. That is why many have been delighted to learn that Roanoke County Public Schools introduced a new Navy National Defense Cadet Corps (NNDCC) program at William Byrd High School this school year.


The William Byrd cross country team will be at Patrick Henry High in Roanoke today for a scrimmage as they prepare to open the 2022 season. Today’s run at PH will be a two mile relay, beginning at 4:30 pm. The first official race will be next Wednesday, August 31, when the Terriers compete in the “Bengal Clash at the River” at the Smith River Sports Complex in Martinsville, hosted by Bassett High School. That will include a middle school race at 4:30 pm, a varsity girls race at 5 pm, a varsity boys race at 5:30 pm and a mixed junior varsity race to conclude the action at 6:15 pm.


After last year’s winless season there’s nowhere to go but up for the William Byrd football team, and the Terriers are planning to take the first step in that direction Friday night. Byrd will open the 2022 season with high hopes as they travel to Bedford to take on Liberty High.

Patrick named Top Terrier at WBHS

Justin Patrick has been named Top Terrier at William Byrd High School for the 2022-2023 school year. The Top Terrier Award is a coveted award and a proud tradition at WBHS, started by Principal Tammy Newcomb in the 2016-2017 school year in her first year as principal. The chosen student...

Bonsack welcomes new faculty members for 2022-2023 school year

Bonsack Elementary School has welcomed several new faculty members for the 2022-2023 school year. Kathryn Foley has been named as a remediation teacher at the school. She is originally from Salem and a graduate of Salem High School. She majored in English at Mary Baldwin College and is licensed to teach grades PK-6. She earned her Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision (grades K-12) from the University of Virginia.

W.E. Cundiff starts the school year with eight new staff members

W.E. Cundiff is starting off the 2022-2023 school year with eight new members of the faculty and staff. Laura Bray will be working as an instructional assistant at Cundiff. She is a native of Vinton and graduated from William Byrd High School with the Class of 2010. She is studying at Liberty University and has three years of experience in the field of education.

Spotlight on Town Staff—Jason Davison

Jason Davison has been working for the Town of Vinton since October 2008. His position is Crew Leader in the Public Works Department and certified Town Arborist. Davison says he loves his job and the opportunity to complete special projects in the town. One of his hobbies is coaching youth soccer. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Alicia, and children Lillian, Madelyn, Jason Jr., and Jonah. He is originally from New Jersey.