Births

Marcrum, Shannon welcome daughter
Randy "Levi" James Marcrum and Crystal Dawn Shannon of Soldotna announce the birth of their daughter, Isabella Grace, at 11:28 a.m. on Jan. 29, 2012 at Central Peninsula Hospital. She weighed 6 pounds, 13.3 ounces was 19 inches long. She joins brother Levi Alexander Shannon and Sophia Stigall. Her grandmother on her mom's side is Debra Baldwin of Soldotna and her grandfather on her dad's side is James Marcrum of Turlock, Calif.

Ernsts welcome another grandchild
Rev. Kyle and Ellee Mietzner of Greensboro, N.C. announce the birth of their daughter, Irene Selma Anne, on Nov. 2, 2011 in Greensboro. She weighed 9 pounds, 13 ounces and was 21 inches long. She joins sister Evangeline. Her grandparents are Randy and Carol Ernst of Nikiski and Dave and Becky Mietzner of Chattanooga, Tenn. Her great-grandparents are Meimi Irene Tauriainen and Selma Ernst of Nikiski, Bob and Lucy Schell of North Carolina, Joanne Mietzner of Illinois, and Fritz Mietzner of Arizona.

Larsen, Morris have a daughter
David Larsen and Kelli Morris of Soldotna announce the birth of their daughter, Khloe Ann Larsen, at 1:59 p.m. on Feb. 12, 2012 at Women's Way Midwifery in Soldotna. She weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces. She joins brother Colby.

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