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New year, new babies

Steven and Lisa Joyce of Covington are parents of the first baby born at Newton Medical Center for 2014. Ezra Paul Joyce was born at 12:33 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, weighing 8 pounds and 1 ounce and measuring 20 inches long. He was delivered by Janice Joiner, a widwife under Dr. Cathy Larrimore. Ezra is the youngest of five siblings. Pictured from left to right: 10-year-old Annabelle, Steven (father), 2-year-old Silas, Lisa (mother), 8-year-old Addison and 11-year-old Josiah. (Staff photo: Jessicah Peters)

Steven and Lisa Joyce of Covington are parents of the first baby born at Newton Medical Center for 2014. Ezra Paul Joyce was born at 12:33 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, weighing 8 pounds and 1 ounce and measuring 20 inches long. He was delivered by Janice Joiner, a widwife under Dr. Cathy Larrimore. Ezra is the youngest of five siblings. Pictured from left to right: 10-year-old Annabelle, Steven (father), 2-year-old Silas, Lisa (mother), 8-year-old Addison and 11-year-old Josiah. (Staff photo: Jessicah Peters)

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Breanna Luti and Vince Elder (who was at work while the picture was taken) of Covington had the honor of bringing in the first baby of year in Rockdale County. Breanna delivered her 20 inch, 8 pound, 13 ounce baby named Collin Matthew Luti at Rockdale Medical Center at 1:00 a.m. on Jan. 1. Collin’s older brothers and sister are 4-year-old, David, 3-year-old Alexa, and 2-year-old Aiden. (Staff Photo: Julie Wells)

A new year brings with it new hopes, dreams and possibilities. Two Newton County families have had an extra special beginning to 2014.

Collin Matthew Luti was the first baby born in 2o14 in Rockdale County. He was born at 1 a.m. Wednesday at Rockdale Medical Center to Covington residents Breanna Luti and Vince Elder, expanding their family to six.

It took a little longer for the first baby of the new year to make his appearance in Newton County, but when he did, he was greeted by his four siblings. Ezra Paul Joyce was born at 12:33 p.m. Wednesday at Newton Medical Center to Steven and Lisa Joyce.