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Aesia Toliver


Virginia Beach, VA, United States

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VB adult softball league starts Friday amid pandemic

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — The coronavirus sidelined many sports leagues this year, but one local softball league is making a comeback. Virginia Beach Parks and Rec sports management coordinator Jane Jagodzinski says they’ve been working months on their guidelines and having them approved through everyone, from city leadership to the health department. “It is […] → Read More

Virginia business owner says no Democrats allowed on his charter boat

Jake Hiles says with the country being so polarized right now he doesn’t want to have to suppress his views while taking people out on his boat. → Read More

Virginia Minority Business Commission meets with local business owners

RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia’s Minority Business Commission helps with policy input and operational guidance to Virginia’s General Assembly as well as localities throughout the commonwealth. It was recently created in an effort to address the opportunities and challenges that may help or hinder the growth of minority business owners. “This is the first of […] → Read More

Man in coma after being injured at VB Oceanfront

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Alexander Donley says a group of his friends came to visit the Oceanfront from Tysons, Virginia, recently — but the visit ended in tragedy. On Saturday evening, Donley says he and a couple of friends were out in the water when they noticed a crowd forming on the sand near […] → Read More

Church asks for community donations to fix storm damage

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — On Thursday morning, construction crews with Serve Pro were outside First Baptist Church at Lamberts Point putting up a fence and working on cleaning up the fallen glass and bricks. Ultimately, Pastor Anthony Paige says a large tarp will be placed on top to prevent rain from getting inside the building. […] → Read More

White supremacist flyers dropped in the driveways of two Hampton Roads cities

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Fabiola Curran and her husband live off Gambol Street in what they say is a diverse community. Sunday morning, as Curran began walking her dog, she noticed something unusual in her driveway. Weighed down by birdseed in a plastic bag was a flyer for a hate group. Printed on the […] → Read More

ODU community marches for justice Thursday

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Marching for justice, students, police officers, community members, faculty, and staff joined together at ODU’s campus Thursday afternoon. “We are fighting for equality. We’re fighting for justice. We’re fighting for our people, for 401 years of what’s been going on. It’s no more. We will not take it. We will not […] → Read More

VB thrift shop works hard to stay open among increase in donations

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — You can once again search through racks of hidden treasures at JCOC Community Thrift off of South Plaza Trail in Virginia Beach. The store’s owner and operator, Lisa Engelhardt said that the months they were closed were extremely tough. “We didn’t know if we were going to survive, we still […] → Read More

After planning to permanently close, Norfolk gym reopens against all odds

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Women’s Workout and Fitness Center off East Little Creek Road has been around for 30 years. It’s the only women’s gym in the area — but on May 26 the owner, Laurie Walsh, had to make a tough decision. Walsh, who was too emotional to go on camera, says because of […] → Read More

Norfolk gym prepares to welcome back members starting Friday

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Time to wipe the dust off and start pumping some iron at Fitness Norfolk off West Virginia Beach Boulevard. Friday is the big day — the doors can now open and gym members no longer have to work out from home. “It was really sad to close our doors, but we’re […] → Read More

Newport News mayor hands out masks to community members amid pandemic

NEWPORT NEWS, Va (WAVY) — An Achievable Dream Academy off 16th Street in Newport News has proven to be one of the busiest Newport News Public School’s food distribution sites in the city. Each day these folks hand out meals to about 300 families with students in need. “This is one of our normal food […] → Read More

VB quilt shop stays afloat because customers are making their own masks

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — You can find fabric of every color and pattern at Sarah’s Thimble Quilt Shoppe off West Great Neck Road in Virginia Beach. All the options mean you can get pretty creative when picking out the fabric you want to use to make a mask. Shop owner Sarah Norman says when […] → Read More

VB thrift store forced to close permanently because of coronavirus pandemic

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A place that once sold used treasures is now shutting its doors. “When we first heard about the struggles at Second Chance Thrift, our hearts were broken because we’ve just appreciated them as people and compassionate carers of animals,” said Baldwin. Second Chance Thrift was started over 10 years ago […] → Read More

Fire at NC church believed to be arson

PERQUIMANS COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) — It’s going to take a lot more than the governor giving the go-ahead for one North Carolina church to reopen its doors. The Perquimans County fire marshal and sheriff’s office are investigating after they say Spirit and Truth United Methodist Church was purposely set on fire. Officials say it happened […] → Read More

Suffolk couple gifted free roof replacement

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Robert and Sherri Sykes have raised their family in their Suffolk home. However, a leaky roof that’s too expensive to replace has caused them multiple headaches. That’s where Wholesale Roofers General Manager Aaron Blackwell came in. “A lot of people are going through a lot of hard times. In business, we’re […] → Read More

Portsmouth high school teachers appreciated with drive-thru cookout

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — It’s Teacher Appreciation Week, and administrators at one Portsmouth high school got creative. The principal at Woodrow Wilson High School, Timothy Johnson, says normally around this time they have a luncheon for the teachers. However, because of social distancing they decided to switch it up — and the cars came rolling through. […] → Read More

Salvation Army Hampton Roads in need of donations on Giving Tuesday

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Giving Tuesday is normally the Tuesday right after Thanksgiving. It’s a time when community members are encouraged to make charitable donations around the holidays. But now, a national movement has brought Giving Tuesday back earlier this year as the country tries to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. The Salvation Army Hampton […] → Read More

154-year-old historic Chesapeake church’s stained glass windows broken with stones

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — Churches were forced to close their doors over a month ago to stop the spread of COVID-19. Unfortunately for Gabriel Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church in Chesapeake, someone took that as an opportunity to vandalize it — not just once, but four times. “There were like six holes in one window and […] → Read More

Local auto repair shop announces giveaway for free car collision repair or paint job to front line workers

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — While business has been slow for Bay Custom Auto since people aren’t driving their cars as much, the business wanted to take this extra downtime to help out some front line workers in the community. Bay Custom Auto has three locations in the area, one in Chesapeake and two in […] → Read More

Chesapeake teen uses 3D printer to make mask tension relievers for front line workers

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — Many people across Hampton Roads have been making masks and sending them to those in need. One 15-year-old, Nathan Babcock, took things a step further for those who wear them for long periods of time. “Just from that resting on the ears over time it starts to wear on them and […] → Read More