Hi Cuba, I'm a new member to this blog, but I was born near Veliko Tarnovo, lived there for 16 years before moving to USA.
I do not know about the latest news or else in town, since I have lived in the States for a long time now. But my daughter lives in town, speaks English well and might be helpfull to you.
She is looking for a housesitting job as well-some people may need a person to stay at the property there to keep an eye on things.
In any case let me know and I could get you in touch with Tina, this is my daughter's name.