It’s a boy: first baby of the new year born in Faulkner County

Parents Katie Grable and Anthony Tippin are shown with Aidan, the first baby born in Faulkner County in 2012. Delivery nurse Jackie Scharn-Pleskac, RN, is also pictured along with family members Ronnie Grable, A.J. Tippin, Juanita Tippin and Daniel Tippin. PHOTO PROVIDED BY CONWAY REGIONAL

Aidan Lang Tippin receives the honor of the first person born in Faulkner County this new year. 

He entered the world at Conway Regional Medical Center to greet his parents, Katie Grable and Anthony Tippin, at 12:34 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012.

At birth, he was 6 pounds 14 ounces, and 20 inches in length.

Aidan’s delivering physician was Paul McChristian, MD, a Conway obstetrician and gynecologist. 

Aidan Tippin’s father, Anthony Tippin, said that his son’s arrival was free of unwanted surprises and complications though he, himself had to rush to attend the birth.

“They got down there ahead of me,” Tippin said. “I had to rush when I heard (Katie) was in labor. Her brother took her to the hospital.”

The family resides at Perry in Conway County, about half an hour from Conway. 

Aidan’s parents said they chose to monitor Katie Grable’s pregnancy with the help of a Conway doctor, Dr. Keitha Dewitt Holland, after hearing “good things” about her.

Aidan Tippin was at home with his family Tuesday, which includes his 4-year-old big brother, A.J.

“He’s taking really well to him, trying to be a protective bigger brother. He likes the idea of it,” Anthony Tippin said. 

Aidan’s grandparents are Juanita Tippin, Ronnie Grable, Anita Wilson and Randy Tippin. His great-grandparents are Danny L. West, Betty West, Louise Grable and Cookie Farris. 

The family received about $300 in gifts along with the honor of bringing in 2012, courtesy of Conway Regional’s Labor and Delivery department, Conway OB/Gyn Clinic, Conway Women’s Health Center, Dr. Michael Wood and Dr. Arthur Jones.

(Staff writer Courtney Spradlin can be reached by e-mail at or by phone at 505-1236. To comment on this and other stories in the Log Cabin, log on to Send us your news at


Tue, 04/25/2017 - 20:28

School board in Arkansas opts to open meetings with prayer

HARRISON, Ark. (AP) — One of two northern Arkansas school boards has opted to pray before meetings after receiving a letter of complaint from a foundation that monitors matters regarding church and state.

Read more
Tue, 04/25/2017 - 19:18

McCollum’s Column: Another nice evening at Dickey-Stephens

Serving a baseball batch of “David Appetizers,” assorted musings while watching the University of Central Arkansas play Little Rock University on a gorgeous sunny evening at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock.

Read more