Born at 4:23 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at HSHS St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield, Darin Eugene Romano Jr. won the historic Journal-News first baby contest.
The son of Regina and Darin Romano Sr. of Coffeen, the new arrival weight nine pounds and 6.8 ounces and measured 21 inches long. He has two big sisters, 10-year-old Athena and six-year-old Lilly.
Maternal grandparents are Ronald Little and Dusty Cox of Jerseyville, and paternal grandparents are Paul and Felicia Sebeschak, Sandy Arnet and Jerome Romano. Maternal great-grandparents are Bill F. Cox Jr. of Jerseyville.
Baby Romano is the 85th winner of a first baby contest that dates back to 1936. He was delivered by Dr. Ben Cady, who delivered his second straight winner and has delivered first baby contest winners in four the past six years.
The following merchants and financial centers have donated prizes to the winning infant and parents:
From Hillsboro, a $25 savings account from the Bank of Hillsboro, a gift from Edgemont House of Flowers, a $10 gift certificate from Park-N-Eat, a gift from Hiller's Heating and Cooling, a $25 savings account from TCCU, a gift from the Salvation Army, an infant eye exam from the Family Eye Care Association, a $5 gift certificate from John's Pharmacy, a $25 gift card from McDonald's, a free tire rotation from FastFlo, a one dollar US eagle sterling silver coin from the First Community Bank of Hillsboro, a gift from Brown's Insurance Agency, a case of Gerber juice or strained baby food from Capri IGA, a gift from Montgomery Nursing and Rehabilitaion Center and a gift from Jorn Sign Company.
From Litchfield, a gift from Cory Evans-Country Financial, a gift from First National Bank, a gift card from Coffee Xpresso, a large two topping pizza from Pizza Man, a gift from the Bank and Trust Company, a gift from Joetta's Personal Hair Care, one dozen cookies from Jubelt's Bakery and Restaurant, a $20 gift certificate from Wendy's, a haircut from Tri-County Beauty Academy and a gift from Glik's.
From Nokomis, a gift certificate from Sav-Mor Pharmacy and Gift Shop.
From Raymond, a gift from First National Bank and a gift from Marten Insurance.
From Coffeen, Matrix Products from Hair Designs by Tina Leefers.