COLUMBUS -- Derek and Cheryl Ferguson of Columbus announce the birth of their son, Alex Robert, Nov. 29, 2004, at Columbus Community Hospital. He weighed 8 pounds and 6 ounces and was 20 inches long. He has a sister, Emily, who is 21 months old. Grandparents are Dennis and Shirley Ferguson of Palisade and Robert and Fran Kaslon of Burwell. Great-grandparents are Roberta Werkmeister of Palisade, Louie and Helen Kaslon of Loup City and Don and Virginia Phelps, also of Loup City.