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Kara Dixon


Portsmouth, VA, United States

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Recent articles by Kara:

53-year career at Colonial Williamsburg brings accomplishments to upholstery expert

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) — Expensive and rare pieces decorate the walls and rooms at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. The building just finished a new expansion, and visitors flocked to the building Wednesday morning while torrential rain poured down outside. There’s plenty to look at inside the museums, including the upholstery exhibit, which features […] → Read More

Pandemic problems: Nonprofits need more skill-based volunteer help

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A local organization that helps connect nonprofit organizations with volunteers says it’s looking for people with diverse skill sets to lend their talents. VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads has had a busy year with filling the gap nonprofits need to help feed the hungry. “Because there was a huge rise in need […] → Read More

Design released for memorial honoring those enslaved at William & Mary

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) — Designs for a memorial project to honor African Americans enslaved at William & Mary are complete. The university made the announcement earlier this week and said they’ve reached their fundraising goal. It’s a yearslong process in the making, according to assistant professor of history and the Robert France Engs Director of […] → Read More

Algae bloom at Virginia Beach Oceanfront resulting in ‘foul smell’ and discolored water

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — An algae bloom at several spots at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront is resulting discolored and “foul-smelling water.” According to an algal bloom surveillance map from the Virginia Department of Health, there are currently four spots at the Oceanfront where the algae bloom was reported. According to a spokesperson with VDH’s […] → Read More

Local faith group leads prayer pilgrimage to Confederate monument sites

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Dozens of people braved the hot summer heat Tuesday to participate in a prayer pilgrimage to three Confederate monument sites in Hampton Roads. The group, Catholics and Friends, held the event for Black lives and racial equity. Originally starting at the site of the Confederate monument in Virginia Beach, the crowd […] → Read More

Police investigating fatal shooting on Sojourner Court in Newport News

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Newport News Police are investigating a shooting that happened Sunday night that left a man dead. The call came in just before 7:15 p.m. for a shooting in the 13200 block of Sojourner Court in Newport News. Police said that when they arrived on the scene they found a man, 39-year-old […] → Read More

Coast Guard urges owners to use labeling stickers on kayaks

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — The U.S. Coast Guard is asking for owners of kayaks to use labeling stickers on their vessels after responding to a number of unmanned kayaks. Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Taylor says they’ve recently seen an increase in the number of adrift kayaks. When this happens, they have to assume there’s […] → Read More

Newport News City Council votes to ban open carry weapons from city buildings

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Newport News City Council voted Tuesday night to ban open carry in city-owned buildings and property. Despite nearly 20 public speakers attending — some open carrying long guns and wearing “Guns Save Lives” stickers — City Council voted 6-1 to approve the ordinance, which also includes locations of city-sponsored special […] → Read More

Virginia minimum wage increasing in May 2021

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Workers in Virginia who earn minimum wage will officially see an increase in 2021. On Wednesday, Gov. Ralph Northam signed legislation increasing the hourly wage from $7.25 to $9.50. Northam was joined by other elected officials at the Skilled Trades Academy in Portsmouth, where they spoke about the difference this will […] → Read More

Community rallying to support others in Norfolk food desert

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — It’s been nearly a week since the lone grocery store in the St. Paul’s area of Norfolk shut its doors, making the community a food desert. But, those living in the community and its allies are stepping up to help those who need food. RELATED: Future closing of lone grocery store […] → Read More

Thousands of dollars worth of equipment stolen from Hampton youth sports organization

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — A Hampton Roads youth sports organization is asking for the community’s help to find out who stole thousands of dollars worth of their equipment. The Hampton Roads Hokies association has been around for about 10 years and provides football, cheerleading, and track to boys and girls between the ages of four […] → Read More

Future closing of lone grocery store creates food desert for St. Paul’s community

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The only grocery store in the St. Paul’s quadrant of Norfolk is closing its doors this week. Residents are concerned about the impact it will have on the community. According to city officials, they heard earlier this year that the Save-A-Lot off Church Street would close. Councilwoman Angelia Williams Graves says […] → Read More

The roots of Confederate monuments in Hampton Roads

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – Confederate monuments mean different things to people. Some say it honors their ancestors who fought on the side of the Confederate states during the Civil War, while others claim it reminds them of not only the oppression those Confederate states perpetrated against their ancestors but the struggle to get equal rights […] → Read More

Local veterans feed frontline workers while supporting small businesses

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A pair of local veterans are giving back to the community by helping those who are feeling the impacts of the coronavirus. Erick Madison and Brandon Alston started the E&B Giveback Foundation in April as a way to say thank you to local healthcare workers. “This is a service that […] → Read More

Colonial Williamsburg re-opening on Sunday

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) — Colonial Williamsburg is getting ready to open its doors to the public on Sunday as part of Virginia’s phase 2 re-openings. Historic areas such as the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, Governor’s Palace, the Capitol, and other areas surrounding Duke of Gloucester Street will allow visitors in for the first time […] → Read More

How employers can help employees cope with protests

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — As businesses begin to open back up amid the Coronavirus pandemic, protests against the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man by police, have swept across the country. A local professor says businesses will need to address this because of the emotional toll it could cause employees. “It’s been […] → Read More

Barbershops reopen with safety precautions in place

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Local barbershops are doing what they can to keep customers safe while also allowing them to come into their shops. Junius Thompson is the owner of Kappatal Cuts, which has three barbershops in Hampton Roads. They reopened on Friday and employees have been busy with many people calling in to set […] → Read More

Virtual job training workshops offered for those in need of employment

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A regional workforce council is offering free virtual workshops to help those who are unemployed find jobs. The Hampton Roads Workforce Council is offering the courses on a range of topics including resume creation, job search, career coaching, interview techniques and more. LaTonya English, who is the deputy director for Virginia […] → Read More

WWII veteran celebrates 94th birthday with parade

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — Family and friends of World War II veteran didn’t let the coronavirus pandemic stop them from celebrating his 94th birthday. Clarence Johnson, who was born on May 13, 1926, sat in front of his home with his wife, Darlene, as cars paraded by on Wednesday. “It makes that old heart pump […] → Read More

Local church sees record-breaking numbers for food pantry

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY)- Communities across Hampton Roads have stepped up to help those in need during the coronavirus pandemic, and that includes Calvary Revival Church in Norfolk. Before the pandemic, the church fed about 100 families through its food pantry. Now, they’re seeing record-breaking numbers. “Last week, we hit our record of over 600 households […] → Read More