Jared and Melissa Lankford, of Verona, announce the birth of their second son, Jonathon Allan Lankford, born at 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 24 at Freeman Hospital in Joplin. The proud father is the sports editor at The Monett Times newspaper. Jonathon weighed six pounds, 11 ounces and measured 19 and one-half inches. Grandparents are James and Dixie Lankford, of Neosho, and Bobby Joe and Dorthy Shipley, of Elmore City, Okla. He was welcomed home by his 21-month-old brother, Ezekiel Joseph.