Welcome To Montgomery County, Raelee Grace


A Panama couple are parents of the winner of The Journal-News first baby contest, a contest that dates back to 1936.

Raelee Grace Petcher was born in HSHS St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield at 8:10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, to Jennifer and Samuel Petcher of Panama. The new arrival weighed eight pounds and five ounces, and was 19 and a half inches long. She has two older sisters, Renesmay, age five, and one-year-old Rozalynn.

Maternal grandparents are Dawn and Dennis Knutt of Panama, and paternal grandparents are Vicki and Jim Petcher of Hillsboro. Hazel Petcher of Hillsboro is the baby’s paternal great-grandmother.

The following merchants and financial centers have donated prizes to the winning infant and parents:

From Hillsboro, a $25 savings account from TCCU, a gift from Montgomery Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, a case of Gerber juice or strained baby food from Capri IGA, a gift from Hiller’s Heating and Cooling, a gift from Brown’s Insurance Agency, an infant eye exam from the Family Eye Care Association, a $10 gift certificate from Park-N-Eat, a one dollar U.S. eagle sterling silver coin from the First Community Bank of Hillsboro, a gift from CNB Bank and Trust, a gift from Hillsboro Tax and Accounting, a free tire rotation from FastFlo and a gift from Hayes Abrasives, Inc.

From Litchfield, a gift from Tri-County Beauty Academy, a gift from Joetta’s Personal Hair Care, a gift from Country Financial - Cory Evans, a gift from the First National Bank of Litchfield and a dozen cookies from Jubelt’s Bakery and Restaurant.

From Nokomis, a gift from UJ’s Convenience Store and a gift certificate from Sav-More Pharmacy. 

From Raymond, a gift from the Bank and Trust Company, a gift from the First National Bank and a gift from Marten Insurance. From Coffeen, Matrix products from Hair Designs by Tina Leefers.


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