Tim Hicks/ Managing Editor

History mystery: Virginia man seeks clues on 19th century Williston inventor

One Virginia man's passion with maritime history, marine archaeology and genealogy has led him to Williston.

Bill Waldrop, of Chesterfield, Va., is a yeoman diver and history enthusiast. Interest in a diving bell, invented by Philologus Loud Sr., led Waldrop to Williston, where Loud spent his final years before dying there in 1905.

Waldrop is hoping some descendants of Loud are still in the Williston area and can provide him with further clues, stories or documents about the Williston inventor.

Budget cutbacks trickle down to Axis 1

Doing more work with less resources is a mantra that many businesses and government agencies are getting to know all the better with the slowing economy.

It's a situation that has trickled down to Axis 1 of Barnwell as well.

During this year, Axis 1 has laid off seven employees. Two of the layoffs occurred within the last two weeks, said Cheryl Long, the agency's director.

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