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Augusta County: Augusta Health welcomes first baby of 2024

Rebecca Barnabi
Courtesy of Augusta Health.

Hazel Jane Cruse was welcomed at 2:42 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 1, as the first baby of the new year born at Augusta Health.

Hazel weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces, and measured 19.5 inches long.

Her parents are Macie Raynes and CJ Cruse of McGaheysville. Hazel Jane is named after her maternal great grandmother.

All are doing well and looking forward to the new year as a family.

Rebecca Barnabi

Rebecca Barnabi

Rebecca J. Barnabi is the national editor of Augusta Free Press. A graduate of the University of Mary Washington, she began her journalism career at The Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star. In 2013, she was awarded first place for feature writing in the Maryland, Delaware, District of Columbia Awards Program, and was honored by the Virginia School Boards Association’s 2019 Media Honor Roll Program for her coverage of Waynesboro Schools. Her background in newspapers includes writing about features, local government, education and the arts.