(Tim Jaynes, Staff)
Victoria Taylor kisses her New Year's Day baby, Dasia Renee Alon Hairston, at the Missouri Delta Medical Center this morning. The New Year's baby was born at 11:55 a.m. Jan. 1, weighing 6 pounds and 9 ounces and was 18 inches in length. Melissa and John Atkinson of Bernie welcomed John Atkinson IV as the first baby born for the New Year in Cape Girardeau. John IV was born at Southeast Missouri Hospital at 4:29 p.m. Jan. 1, weighing in at 7 pounds, 8 ounces.