Seligman newborn is First Baby of '09

Thursday, January 15, 2009
The Cassville Democrat's First Baby of 2009, Benjamin Rylie Corn, was born to Jason and Rebecca Corn, of Seligman, on Jan. 1. Benjamin's grandparents are Terry and Shirley Corn and LB and Opal Corn, all of Seligman, and Gene McKirch, of Rogers, Ark. Pictured above, in the front row, from left, are: big brother, Samuel, Rebecca and Benjamin. Back row: Jason and Benjamin's big brothers, Daniel and Thomas. Democrat Photo

Benjamin Rylie Corn, son of Jason and Rebecca Corn, of Seligman, has been named as the Cassville Democrat's First Baby of 2009.

Little Benjamin was born at 4:22 a.m. on Jan. 1 at Cox Monett Hospital. He weighed 7 pounds and 14 ounces and measured 19 inches.

"He's a little bundle of joy," said Rebecca. "He doesn't cry a lot. He eats a lot. He's a very, very good baby."

Benjamin was welcomed home by three older brothers, Daniel, 11, Thomas, 7, and Samuel, 2.

"I like him," said big brother Daniel.

Samuel, who is currently vying for attention from his parents due to the new addition, also admitted that he liked his new little brother. Thomas isn't quite sure what to think about Benjamin yet.

"All he does is sleep," said Thomas.

"That's good," Rebecca said with a smile.

Although she admitted being a little nervous about having a fourth son, Rebecca said she wouldn't have it any other way.

"I would never trade any of my boys for a million girls," said Rebecca.

Benjamin's proud grandparents are Terry and Shirley Corn and LB and Opal Corn, all of Seligman, and Gene McKirch, of Rogers, Ark.

As the winner of the First Baby contest, Benjamin and his parents will receive an assortment of gifts from area businesses who sponsored the annual contest.

Gifts include: a baby gift from Hutchens Construction; a baby ring from Tomblin's Jewelry and Gifts; a special surprise from Designs By Debbie; a $50 savings bond from First State Bank; a vehicle safety check-up from Country Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep; a surprise package from First Baptist Church of Cassville; a special baby surprise from Penmac; a surprise gift from St. John's Hospital-Cassville; a $25 gift certificate from Cassville Walmart Supercenter; a $50 gift card from Fastrip; a special gift from Barry Electric; a supply of disposable diapers from Security Bank; a $25 gift certificate from Whitley's Pharmacy; a $50 savings bond from Freedom Bank; a $25 gift certificate from Chez Notre; a special gift from Art Gallery and Studios in Cassville; dinner for two at May's Homestyle Meals; and a scrapbook and one year's subscription from the Cassville Democrat.

Benjamin is the Cassville Democrat's 14th "First Baby" winner.

Previous first babies include: Dominic Allan Lee Birchfield, Washburn, 2008; Jagger Lynne Miller, Cassville, 2007; Cosmo Kent Rhoads, Cassville, 2006; Kallistha Cabico Manuel Morrow, Monett, 2005; Ryan Alan Lawrence, Seligman, 2004; Robert Chisum Massey, Exeter, 2003; Andrew Joel Prier, Golden, 2002; Devon Lee Clevenger, Exeter, 2001; Sky Millenium Dill, Cassville, 2000; Jose Raymundo Castillo, Jr., Exeter, 1999; Kyle Blake Martin, Cassville, 1998; Levi Raymond Clevenger, Purdy, 1997; and Jacob Scott Hall, Cassville, 1996.

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