Say hello to a local snowplow driver, social district delayed: Jackson headlines Jan. 1-6
JACKSON, MI – Driving a Jackson County snowplow through a blizzard is a challenging task one woman is proud to tackle head-on. ‘This job isn’t for everybody.’ Meet a woman who drives a Jackson County snowplowLinda Presley woke up at 4 a.m. last year. Couple celebrates the new year with first 2022 baby born in Jackson hospitalA Jackson County family is starting 2022 with a healthy baby -- the first born at a Jackson hospital in the new year. At about 2:54 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 1, deputies from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a vehicle crash on Churchhill Road near Baseline Road in Rives Township in northern Jackson County. For more than 20 years, disAbility Connections, Rotary Club of Jackson and Jackson Breakfast Rotary have teamed up to build more than 250 ramps for Jackson County residents who need them.mlive.com
New Aldi store is coming to Jackson’s east side this year
JACKSON, MI – Discount supermarket chain ALDI is coming to the east side of Jackson this year. ALDI is opening in the former Kroger store at 3021 E. Michigan Ave. in Blackman Township. The new store is expected to open later this year, said Ryan Fritsch, ALDI’s Webberville Division vice president. “Our new location in Blackman Township will make shopping at ALDI even more convenient, especially for our shoppers that live or work in the east side,” Fritsch said. The new ALDI will also feature open ceilings, natural lighting and environmentally friendly building materials, Fritsch said.mlive.com
Rockin’ for the Hungry drive aims to tackle food insecurity in Washtenaw County
ANN ARBOR, MI - Food Gatherers, local radio station ann arbor’s 107one and Kroger are joining forces to help alleviate hunger in Washtenaw County this holiday season. The 2021 Rockin’ for the Hungry fundraiser will benefit neighbors facing food insecurity during the food and fund drive, which aims to virtually raise funds for 1 million meals for Washtenaw County residents. Community members can tune in to 107.1 FM to hear interviews with Food Gatherers staff, community leaders and partners and updates on the drive. “The pandemic created a perfect storm of operational challenges and increased need for food banks and food pantries everywhere. A silent auction featuring music memorabilia provided by ann arbor’s 107one will be available online during the event.mlive.com
Man accused of trying to kidnap girl from Kroger sent for competency exam
NOVI, MI -- A competency exam has been ordered for a 24-year-old Dearborn man who is accused of attempting to kidnap a girl from a Kroger store in Novi last month. During the hearing, Mangone’s attorney, Melissa Krauskopf, requested a competency examination be conducted on Mangone, according to C&G News. Judge Robert Bondy granted the exam and said the results would factor into a separate request made by Mangone to represent himself in court. Bondy said he was not ready to answer that until the exam results were returned. Police said the girl’s mother fought Mangone off two times as he tried to grab the girl, but he was unsuccessful.mlive.com
Executives warn customers to brace for continued shortages and price hikes in 2022: 'I half-jokingly tell people, "Order your Christmas presents now"'
"The logistics industry does not see 2022 as having any less disruption in supply chains than in 2021," the president of UPS said on Sunday.news.yahoo.com
Tyson recall: Walmart, Target among stores pulling chicken products
Walmart, Target, Kroger, Publix, H-E-B and Wegmans are among the retailers that sold Tyson Foods’ recalled chicken products. The retailers each posted recall notices on their websites after Tyson Foods’ announcement Saturday that it was voluntarily recalling approximately 8.5 million pounds of frozen, cooked chicken products for possible listeria contamination. The recall includes Tyson branded fully cooked and frozen products and private label products for restaurants, including Jet’s Pizza, Casey’s General Store, Marco’s Pizza and Little Caesars. The CDC advises businesses to not serve or sell the recalled products. A full list of the recalled products is posted on the USDA website and Tysonfoods.com.mlive.com
Nervous workers struggle to adjust to new mask policies
An abrupt relaxation of mask policies has left workers at some retail and grocery stores reeling as they try to sort out what the new environment means for their own safety and relationship with customers. Kroger, the country's largest grocery chain, became one of the latest to announce that, starting Thursday, workers and customers can stop wearing masks in states where mandates are no longer in effect. Other companies that have adopted similar changes include Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Macy's, Costco, Home Depot, Trader Joe's and Target, following updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control.news.yahoo.com
Oakland County lottery club shares how they plan to spend $1B Mega Millions jackpot
NOVI, Mich. – The news of who won the $1 billion Mega Millions jackpot is swirling around the Kroger in Novi. It’s where someone belonging to the four-person Wolverine FLL Lottery Club bought the winning ticket back in January. On Friday, an attorney for the group announced how they’re going to spend their money. READ: Lottery club claims Michigan’s largest jackpot in historyAdThe group took the lump sum option, putting the grand total at $776 million. Kroger will get $50,000 for selling the winning ticket and plans to donate the money to the Food Bank Council of Michigan.
4 people in Michigan won January $1.05B Mega Millions prize
In this Feb. 26, 2021, photo provided by the Michigan Lottery, attorney Kurt Panouses poses with a check on behalf of the winners of a Mega Millions lottery jackpot in Lansing, Mich. Four people in a suburban Detroit lottery club have won a $1.05 billion Mega Millions lottery jackpot and will share $557 million after taxes. (Michigan Lottery via AP)DETROIT – A four-member suburban Detroit lottery club won a $1.05 billion Mega Millions jackpot and will receive $557 million after taxes, officials said Friday. After taxes, the $776 million payment was reduced to about $557 million, the Michigan Lottery said. The $1.05 billion jackpot was the largest in Michigan Lottery history and the third-largest in the United States. Mega Millions is played in 45 states as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Oakland County lottery club claims $1B Mega Millions jackpot
NOVI, Mich. – The wait is over: The winners of the largest lottery prize in Michigan history have claimed their billion-dollar jackpot. A four-member Oakland County lottery club, named Wolverine FLL Club, held the winning lottery ticket drawn on Jan. 22 for the $1.05 billion Mega Millions jackpot -- the largest prize in Michigan Lottery history, Michigan Lottery reports. The group’s winning ticket -- with numbers 04, 26, 42, 50, 60 and the Mega Ball 24 -- was purchased at a Kroger in Novi. According to officials, the national and world record for a lottery jackpot is $1.58 billion. The largest lottery prize ever won by a Michigan player was a $337 million Powerball jackpot won back in 2012, officials said.
Vaccine delays leave grocery workers feeling expendable
Even when grocery workers are prioritized, they still face long waits. "The politicians and the health departments have been singing the praises of grocery workers but now they have been silent.”Major food retailers say they are doing their part to get their workers vaccinated. But for many grocery workers, the realization that they won’t be eligible any time soon adds to the sense of being expendable. Over the past two months, there have been 137 COVID-19 outbreaks in Southern California grocery stores, and 500 Houston grocery workers have been infected, according to the UFCW. The union knows of 124 grocery workers who have died since the start of the pandemic.
Kroger to donate $50,000 from Michigan lottery ticket commission to food bank
Kroger announced Tuesday it will be donating its $50,000 lottery ticket commission to the Food Bank Council of Michigan to support the Food Security Council. This is after a $1 billion Mega Millions lottery ticket was sold to a lucky customer in January at a Kroger in Novi. Nearly 11,000 businesses in Michigan sell lottery tickets and receive a commission if they are the business selling the winning ticket. “Kroger is committed to our mission of feeding our communities,” said Rachel Hurst, corporate affairs manager, The Kroger Co. of Michigan. “Strong partnerships with both the State of Michigan and the Food Bank Council of Michigan are integral in driving our mission forward.”More: Michigan Lottery newsRead: A Look at Michigan’s largest lottery wins
A Look at Michigan’s largest lottery wins
NOVI, Mich. – When someone comes forward to claim the $1 billion Mega Millions prize, they will make history in Michigan. The winning Mega Millions ticket was sold in Novi at the Kroger on Grand River Avenue and Beck Road. Before Friday’s win, the highest winner was in 2012 when Donald Lawson won $337 million playing Powerball. Under Michigan law, the winner of a multi-state lottery -- like Mega Millions -- has to identify themselves when they win. If the winner knows they’re a winner, the rest of the world will soon know too.
Novi Kroger shoppers abuzz over $1 billion winning Mega Millions ticket
NOVI, Mich. – Buzz at a Novi Kroger grew Saturday as news spread of the store’s sale of the winning $1 billion Mega Millions ticket. It could’ve been anyone in the country, but the $1 billion Mega Millions jackpot is going to someone who likely lives by the Kroger located near the intersection of Grand River Avenue and Beck Road. The Mega Millions top prize had been growing since Sept. 15. “I think I would donate a lot of it,” said one Kroger shopper. I’d help people in need.”The odds of winning a Mega Millions jackpot are one in 302.5 million.
$1 billion Mega Millions winning ticket sold at Novi Kroger
NOVI, Mich. – Everyone is talking about one of the largest lottery jackpots in history -- and someone in Metro Detroit is the winner. The winning Mega Millions ticket was sold in Novi at the Kroger on Grand River Avenue and Beck Road. The lucky player’s winning ticket matched all numbers drawn Friday night, they are 04-26-42-50-60 and the Mega Ball is 24. “I would definitely take multiple payments,” said Emma Putti. We reached out to Kroger and a spokesperson released the following statement: “Kroger congratulates the individual who purchased a winning Mega Millions lottery ticket at our location in Novi, Michigan.”Now the store also gets some money for selling the winning ticket.
Morning Briefing Jan. 23, 2021: 2 women fatally shot in Clinton Township, $1 billion Mega Millions lottery ticket sold at Novi Kroger, broadcasting giant Larry King dies
One winning ticket was sold in Michigan for the $1 billion Mega Millions jackpot, making it the third-largest lottery prize in U.S. history. According to the Michigan Lottery, the winning ticket was bought at Kroger located at 47650 Grand River Avenue in Novi. Local 4′s Priya Mann was live at the Kroger in Novi Saturday morning where one winning ticket was sold. The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 546,468 as of Friday, including 14,070 deaths, state officials report. Here’s a look at more of the data:New Today: Coronavirus in Michigan: Here’s what to know Jan. 23, 2021
Winning ticket of $1 billion Mega Millions lottery sold at Kroger in Novi
DETROIT – Local 4′s Priya Mann was live at the Kroger in Novi Saturday morning where one winning ticket was sold for the $1 billion Mega Millions jackpot, making it the third-largest lottery prize in US history. The winning numbers drawn Friday are: 4, 26, 42, 50, 60 and a Mega Ball of 24. In a release issued Saturday the Michigan Lottery stated it will not know the identity of the winner until that person contacts the Lottery. The Kroger store is located at 47650 Grand River Avenue in Novi, according to the Michigan Lottery. Details: Lottery player who purchased ticket at Kroger in Novi wins $1 billion Mega Millions jackpot
Lottery player who purchased ticket at Kroger in Novi wins $1 billion Mega Millions jackpot
DES MOINES, Iowa – Someone in Michigan bought the winning ticket for the $1.05 billion Mega Millions jackpot, which is the third-largest lottery prize in U.S. history. The winning ticket was purchased at a Kroger store in the Detroit suburb of Novi, the Michigan Lottery said. The Mega Millions top prize had been growing since Sept. 15, when a winning ticket was sold in Wisconsin. Friday night's drawing came just two days after a ticket sold in Maryland matched all six numbers drawn and won a $731.1 million Powerball jackpot. Three tickets for a $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot were sold in January 2016, and one winning ticket sold for a $1.537 billion Mega Millions jackpot in October 2018.
Michigan State Police hands out gift cards at Kroger in Commerce Township
COMMERCE TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Michigan State Police and Kroger teamed up on Wednesday to give shoppers a Christmas surprise of gift cards in Commerce Township. An MSP trooper dressed as The Grinch and roamed through the store handing out $4,000 worth of gift cards. Watch the report in the video above. View more: Community news
5 Michigan businesses fined for COVID-19 safety violations -- Here’s what state says they did
(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)Five Michigan businesses have been fined for violating COVID-19 safety rules and putting workers at risk, state officials said. Here are the five businesses, including how much they were fined and what the violations entailed. Not developing and enforcing policies and procedures for employees to report when they are sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID19. Reason for inspection: Employee complaintClick here to view the full citation document. Not posting signs at the store entranceReason for inspection: Employee complaintClick here to view the full citation document.
What it’s like to get a $25 rapid COVID-19 antibody test at a Kroger pharmacy
Kroger pharmacies offer rapid COVID-19 antibody tests for $25. There are also instances of the antibody test coming up with a false positive or false negative result. People who wear personal protective equipment (PPE) at work should continue to wear PPE, even if they test positive for antibodies to the virus. Don’t Antibody test results should not be used to determine if someone can return to work. READ: Here’s where you can get a free COVID-19 test in MichiganQuestions about coronavirus?
Rare Krugerrand placed in St. Clair Shores Salvation Army Kettle for 8th year in a row
ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. – It happens every year, at the same time, same location. A Secret Santa for the Salvation Army didn’t let the pandemic get in its way. READ: Mystery person drops coin worth $1,300 into Metro Detroit Salvation Army kettleFor the eighth year in a row, someone dropped off a South African Gold Krugerrand into a Red Kettle at the Kroger store near 9 Mile Road and Jefferson Avenue in St. Clair Shores. It’s worth more than $2,000. The fundraiser gathers money for charities across Metro Detroit, and is more important than ever during the uncertainty of the pandemic.
Fund drive raises more than 49K emergency food boxes for hungry Washtenaw County residents
ANN ARBOR – The annual Rockin’ for the Hungry fund drive by Food Gatherers, ann arbor’s 107one and Kroger raised 49,083 emergency food boxes for residents experiencing food insecurity in Washtenaw County. The final number shattered the initial goal of raising enough funds for 30,000 emergency food boxes. The 5-day fund drive went virtual for the first time this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. “The emergency food boxes will be distributed by our partner pantries throughout Washtenaw County and each box provides a week’s worth of meals for one person.”Since March, Food Gatherers’ partner agencies have reported a visitor increase of 30%-300% -- nearly half of whom have never had to seek food assistance before. Students from Community High School raised more than $82,000 for this year’s Rockin’ -- their largest-ever gift to the fundraiser.
Annual Rockin’ for the Hungry fund drive in Ann Arbor goes virtual
ANN ARBOR – With Thanksgiving just around the corner, Food Gatherers, ann arbor’s 107one and Kroger are preparing for their annual fund drive Rockin’ for the Hungry, which kicks off each year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving -- also known as Giving Tuesday. The coronavirus pandemic has caused many residents in Washtenaw County to go hungry for the first time in their lives. “While Rockin’ may look different this year, one thing remains the same, no one in our community should go hungry,” Eileen Spring, President and CEO of Food Gatherers said in a statement. This year, Rockin’ for the Hungry aims to virtually raise enough funds for 30,000 emergency food boxes to help keep plates full in the community. Here’s how:Online: www.foodgatherers.org/rockinBy phone: call 734-606-0753By text: text ROCKIN to 734-888-9676By mail: checks made out to Food Gatherers (write Rockin’ in the memo line) can be mailed to PO Box 131037, Ann Arbor, MI 48113Related reading:
Toilet paper limits, empty shelves are back as virus surges
NEW YORK – Looking for toilet paper? Supermarket chains Kroger and Publix are limiting how much toilet paper and paper towels shoppers can buy after demand spiked recently. And Amazon is sold out of most disinfectant wipes and paper towels. The biggest supply issue seems to be paper products: 21% of shelves that stock paper towels and toilet paper are empty, the highest level in at least a month, according to market research company IRI. Amazon said its working with manufacturers to get items such as disinfecting wipes, paper towels and hand sanitizer in stock.
Eastern Michigan University to offer no-cost mobile flu vaccination clinics through Dec. 8
ANN ARBOR – The Eastern Michigan University Center for Health Disparities Innovations and Studies will be offering mobile flu vaccination clinics Nov. 14-Dec. 8 in partnership with the statewide Asian Community Toward Innovative Visionary Environment Coalition. “Flu vaccinations are more important than ever before this year to minimize the transmission of influenza during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Tsu-Yin Wu, CHDIS director, said in a statement. “We are increasing flu vaccine awareness, enhancing access to vaccinations, and improving connections between health care providers and underserved Asian and Arab American communities.”✉ Like what you’re reading? Clinics will be held in areas with limited acccess to flu vaccination and flu education resources for Arab and Asian Americans. Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the clinics are free to the community.
Kroger pharmacies to offer rapid COVID antibody testing with 15-minute results
All Kroger pharmacies are expected to offer rapid COVID-19 antibody testing by the end of November, officials said Thursday. Kroger pharmacies across the U.S. are preparing to offer rapid COVID antibody testing to customers by the end of November. Individuals who are not currently experiencing COVID symptoms, but think they may have previously contracted the virus, are eligible to undergo testing at Kroger pharmacies. Officials say the rapid antibody testing is already available at some Kroger stores in Michigan and California. Individuals are encouraged to speak with their primary care physician about COVID testing needs.
Thanksgiving feast or famine? Turkey industry left to guess
Many turkey farmers are worried their biggest birds won't end up on Thanksgiving tables. Fewer people at Thanksgiving tables means many families will buy smaller turkeys, or none at all. That leaves anxious turkey farmers and grocers scrambling to predict what people will want on their holiday tables. It’s a gamble, because the birds gain a lot of fat and flavor in their final few weeks, but she figures customers will want smaller birds. Butterball — which typically sells 30% of America’s 40 million Thanksgiving turkeys — said it’s expecting more gatherings, but it’s not convinced people will want smaller turkeys.
Patio heaters, appliances in high demand as coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic stretches into fall
As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues into the fall season, patio heaters and indoor appliances are in high demand. Staying safe during the pandemic while still seeing friends and family members is forcing people to stay outside and socially distance. With fall here and winter not far behind, people are spending money to stay warm outside. Patio heaters are in high demand and becoming harder to find. Krispy Kreme rewards members can score a free original glazed donut with their free cup of coffee on Tuesday.
Kroger to invest $95 million and create 250 jobs in Romulus through new customer fulfillment center
ROMULUS, Mich. – Kroger, one of America’s largest grocery retailers, and Ocado, a world leader in technology for grocery ecommerce, on Monday announced Romulus as the latest location for a Customer Fulfillment Center. “Kroger’s decision to invest $95 million and create 250 new jobs in Romulus further demonstrates that Wayne County is a global leader in logistics and fulfillment industries,” said Warren Evans, Wayne County Chief Executive. The location confirms a previous announcement stating Kroger and Ocado would construct a CFC in the Great Lakes Region. The CFC model – an automated warehouse facility with digital and robotic capabilities – will be used to serve customers across the region. “We are delighted to welcome the Kroger fulfillment center to Romulus, building on the city’s status as a logistics and fulfillment hub,” said Romulus Mayor LeRoy Burcroff.
Kroger stores to host hiring events across Michigan
The Kroger Co. of Michigan is looking to hire 1,000 people across the state. An in-person hiring event will take place between noon and 5 p.m. on August 4 at all Kroger stores. Candidates are asked to visit the service desk to leave their name and phone number, and then remain in their car until they are contacted by a hiring manager. The company is also planning a two-day virtual hiring event amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. MORE: Michigan News
Walmart latest retailer to require customers to wear masks
Last week, Starbucks announced that customers who visit its company-owned café locations in the U.S. will be required to wear face coverings. Costco Wholesale Club was one of the first major retailers to require face coverings for customers at all of its stores. “I think Walmart's decision will give cover to other retailers to require masks," said Michael J. Hicks, an economist at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Social media is full of videos capturing clashes between those who are asked to wear masks, and employees who are under orders to make sure people wear them. About half of U.S. states require masks in public places, according to the RILA.
Heres where you can get tested for COVID-19 in Washtenaw County right now
Washtenaw County released a list of ongoing and pop-up community testing sites for this week. Tests for residents are being offered through Washtenaw County Public Health in partnership with Michigan Medicine, Packard Health, Kroger and Ypsilanti Community Schools. Heres where you can get tested:Ongoing testing sitesPerry Early Learning Center (550 Perry Street, Ypsilanti Township)Drive-up and walk-up testing is available 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. This site is supported by Packard Health and Ypsilanti Community Schools. Ford Elementary School (2440 E. Clark Road, Ypsilanti Township)Drive-up and walk-up testing is available 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.