William Andrew Gowen was expected at Christmas, but waited until Jan. 3, 2017, to come into the new year. Dr. Lewis and his daddy assisted with the birth, which clocked in at 9:55 p.m. William Andrew weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and was 20.75 inches in length. He's pictured above with his parents, Savanna and Wes Gowen, and siblings Henry, 3, John, 5, and Caitlynn, 18 months -- all born at DCMH, as well. On the right his grandmother, Sheryl Loyer; Dorothy Loyer, his great-grandmother, is pictured on the left. The hospital put together a gift basket to welcome the first baby of 2017.
A collaborative effort between the Delta County Sheriff's Office and municipal law enforcement agencies throughout Delta County has resulted in a proposal for a 1 percent sales tax increase to fund public safety. A PowerPoint presentation titled "Back the Badge" is starting to make the rounds at city/town council meetings, service club luncheons and other events.