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Harper Grace was born to Mr. and Mrs. Eric Joplin

Mr. and Mrs. Eric Joplin of Jackson are parents of a daughter named Harper Grace, born April 7, 2022, at 3:10 p.m. at SoutheastHEALTH in Cape Girardeau. She weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces. First child.

Mrs. Joplin is the former Ciara Smith, daughter of Tim and Linda Smith of Murphysboro, Illinois. She is employed by First State Community Bank. Joplin is the son of Dean and Lisa Joplin of Lowndes. He is employed by SoutheastHEALTH.

Jay Forness covers education, county government and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Jackson for the past five years. He can be reached at

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