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Morning Buzz: January 8, 2021
Posted at 10:07 AM, Jan 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-08 10:07:40-05

1. Chick-fil-A is opening two new locations in West Michigan next week, one on Drake Road in Kalamazoo and another on Harvey Street in Norton Shores.

This will be Muskegon County's first and the company's second location in Kalamazoo County.

Both restaurants will collectively bring approximately 250 full and part-time jobs to the area. Both stores will open as a drive-thru only until state COVID restrictions are lifted.

Instead of giving the first 100 people free food, the company will instead surprise 100 local heroes with free Chick-fil-A for a year.

2. Craving a pronto pup? The Grand Haven Corn Dog Stand will hold its annual Winter Weekend next week.

You can get your fix from January 14-17. It will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. all four days.

The owner is asking everyone to maintain social distance while in line.

Money raised from the event will be donated to a local group in need.

The owner says he is hoping to see good weather and everyone's smiling faces.

3. The Plaster Creek Family Park in Grand Rapids is being recognized by the state.

The park, which is off Buchanan Avenue on the City's Southside, received a 2020 park design award. These are given out annually to local park projects.

Plaster Creek underwent several improvements back in August that includes an outdoor learning space for students at Burton Elementary.

The project is one of four planned partnerships between the city's parks department and Grand Rapids Public Schools.

4. The Grand Rapids Public Library is hosting another backyard stargazing seminar.

It's being
held virtually on Thursday, February 4 beginning at 6 p.m.

GRPM panelists will discuss how radio waves can help astronomers explore deep space.

Tickets are just $4 for the general public, $2 for members, and only one ticket is needed per household.

Capacity is limited, so you'll want to sign up early!

5. Better snag a Powerball Ticket! No one won Wednesday night's Powerball drawing leading to Saturday's jackpot jumping to at least $470 million.

Officials say this jackpot could be the 10th largest prize in the game's history and the highest it's been since March of 2019.

Back on Tuesday night, the Mega Millions Lottery Jackpot climbed to nearly half a billion dollars after no one matched all the winning numbers.

Nearly one billion dollars is up for grabs between the two lottery jackpots.