As a new year and a decade arrive, local and area business owners are offering a warm welcome to the first baby born in 2020 within the West Carroll School District.

Area business owners are once again joining with the Carroll County Mirror-Democrat and the Savanna Times-Journal to sponsor the "First Baby of the Year Contest," showering good wishes and gifts upon some lucky babe and his or her parents. Prizes range from free meals and massages to gifts any new baby needs.

Parents must reside in the West Carroll School District to be eligible for the contest. They also must notify the Mirror-Democrat or the Times-Journal within 48 hours of the baby's birth.

Information about the baby's arrival, including the parent's full names and addresses; the name of the attending physician; the day, hour and minute of the child's birth; the baby's name, weight, length and sex must be submitted to the Mirror-Democrat, 815-244-2411, or the Times-Journal, 815-273-2277.

Information may also be emailed to or

Gifts for the West Carroll School District's first baby of 2020 and the parents include:

$25 Visa gift card from the Savanna-Thomson State Bank, smoke alarm and a gift basket from Herrell Electric, 16-inch pizza from Charlie's II, $25 Visa gift card from TBK Bank, gift card and JJ & Freddie's onesie from JJ & Freddie's at Sievert's, one-year subscription to the Mirror-Democrat or Times-Journal, $25 savings account from the Mount Carroll Banking Center.

Large one-topping pizza from Manny's Pizza, diapers, wipes and baby supplies from CGH Mount Carroll Medical Center, children's book from the Mount Carroll District Library, $25 gift certificate from Mount Carroll Home Center, $25 savings account from Blackhawk Area Credit Union, two chicken strip baskets from Dairy Queen Grill & Chill, $10 gift card from Sullivan's Food, baby centerpiece from Sassy Stems.