Matthew Darrel Rice, the first baby born in Texas County in 2008, held by his parents Wes Rice and Tracy Van Wagner. TCMH CEO Wes Murray, right, and TCMH Auxiliary members, left to right, Madge Elmore, Barb McCall and Julia Bryan presented a large number of donated gifts and gift certificates to the new baby.

The first baby born in 2008 at Texas County Memorial Hospital arrived at 2:20 a.m. Jan. 2. Matthew Darrel Rice is the son Tracy Van Wagner and Wes Rice of Bucyrus.

Dr. William Wright of the TCMH Family Clinic in Houston delivered baby Matthew. He weight 10 pounds, six ounces and was 21 inches long.

Matthew joins his one and half year old brother, Benjamin.

Barb McCall, Madge Elmore and Julia Bryan, representatives of the TCMH Auxiliary, presented armloads of gifts and gift certificates to Matthew and his parents after his birth. Businesses and individuals throughout the county donated the gifts.

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