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The bull statues in front of Raging Bull Steakhouse in Warrensburg were ready for the Chiefs game on Jan. 19 as Kansas City hosts Tennessee in the AFC Championship game.

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It’s a girl!
WMMC nurse, surrogate births first baby of 2020 at WMMC

WARRENSBURG — It’s a girl. The first baby of 2020 at Western Missouri Medical Center was an extra special delivery when, Piper Jacobson, was born to Amy Jirka and Kyle Jacobson, California, via their surrogate, Page Wright, an LPN at Western Missouri Women’s Health Center.

Piper was born at 11:04 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, weighing 7 pounds, 11 ounces and was 19 inches long.

She is the daughter of Kyle Jacobson and Amy Jirka who were connected to Paige after they began their search for a surrogate.

“There is a lot of physical and emotional stress that goes into the surrogacy process but the moment when we saw Piper for the first time it was all worth it,” Amy and Kyle said. “We are so grateful that everyone at WMMC who made us feel like family and like we were Piper’s parents from the moment she was born.”

In honor of WMMC’s first 2020 baby, the parents were presented with a gift box from the Wishing Well Gift Shop valued at more than $130 on behalf of the WMMC Auxiliary and a floral arrangement from Corner Floral.

Piper, Amy and Kyle are back home in California, and Paige is in recovery after delivering Piper.

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WPD hosts promotion ceremony for five officers

WARRENSBURG — Five Warrensburg Police officers were promoted Dec. 17 at the Municipal Building, 104 S. Holden St.

“It’s the domino effect, as we call it,” Police Chief Rich Lockhart said before the promotion ceremony.

Mike Bilbruck was promoted to corporal.

Bilbruck graduated from Warrensburg High School and the Central Missouri Police Academy.

He started his law enforcement career at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, moving on to serve as the chief of police in Deepwater.

Bilbruck joined the WPD in 2015 as a patrolman, serving as a pointman on the Johnson County and Warrensburg SWAT team.

Bilbruck was selected for the Proactive Crime Unit when it was formed in 2017.

Bilbruck’s brother-in-law, officer William Blevins ,pinned him.

Andrew Frazier was promoted to corporal.

Frazier is a Warrensburg native and has served in the U.S. Army for almost 14 years.

Frazier has been with the WPD for five years, serving as a school resource officer for nearly three years and is a member of JAWS.

Frazier will serve as an SRO corporal, supervising the other SROs in the school district.

Sgt. Jason Gilbert pinned Frazier.

Cher Miller was promoted to corporal.

Miller graduated from the CMPA, joining the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department in 2005.

Miller joined the WPD in 2009 and became a detective with the department.

Miller’s husband, Jeremy, who serves on the Missouri State Highway Patrol, pinned her.

Carl Staas was promoted to sergeant.

He graduated from the CPMA and has spent the entirety of his career in law enforcement with the WPD.

Staas’ wife, Loran, pinned him.

Jeff Reynolds was promoted to lieutenant.

Reynolds is a Warrensburg native, graduating from Central Missouri State University, now the University of Central Missouri, in 1994.

Reynolds began at the WPD as an intern in 1992 and was later hired on as a reserve police officer.

He became a full-time police officer in 1993 and was promoted to corporal in 2000 and sergeant in 2004.

His family pinned him.

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Chilhowee hires new superintendent

CHILHOWEE — The Chilhowee School District has hired from within its district as the Board of Education named Joe Murphy, current principal, as the new superintendent for the 2020-2021 school year.

Murphy has been a long-time member of the community and school.

He graduated from Chilhowee High School in 1998.

Murphy attended Missouri Valley College and the University of Central Missouri where he graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Education with an emphasis in physical education.

He then attended the University of Missouri where he received his master’s degree in administration and is currently attending the University of Central Missouri working on his specialist degree with an emphasis in administration/superintendency.

Murphy started his career in education as an elementary physical education teacher and assistant basketball coach at Westminster College in Fulton for two years.

He taught two years in Clinton as elementary physical education teacher before residing in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as a coach and physical education teacher.

He returned to Chilhowee as basketball coach and teacher in 2010.

Murphy taught physical education and coached the boys and girls basketball programs before transitioning to the principal role in 2016.