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REED CITY — After 45 years in law enforcement, the Reed City Police Chief has decided it is time to hang up his badge.Chuck Davis officially an-nounced his retirement at the Monday, Sept. 16 Reed City Council meeting and Sgt. Brian Koschmider was appointed as the acting chief until a new one is appointed by the council.Davis started with the Reed City Department a little more than 17 years ago after he had spent over 24 years with the Osceola County Sheriff’s De-partment.While at the sheriff’s depart-ment, Davis served as an officer for dispatch, corrections and transport. He eventually went on to take on the role of under-sheriff for five years.In his years with law enforce-ment, Davis has also served as an undercover detective for the State Police narcotics unit, was a state-wide internal investiga-tor for the Michigan Sheriff’s Association and has earned more than 75 law enforcement advanced certifications includ-ing narcotics, arson, evidence, crime scene and internal inves-tigations.After all that, Davis joined the Reed City Police Department in 2001 and became its chief just three years later in 2003.When reflecting on all he has done over the last 45 years, Da-vis said he was ready to start the next chapter of his life.“When I first came to the city, I didn’t really know what I was getting into. (...) It has been a very interesting ride with a lot of the things that have come through the city,” he said. “But I’m ready, I am really ready.”City Manager Ron Howell said the retirement announcement was sudden but understandable.“This announcement was but was kinda quick but I un-derstand,” he said. “With the chief’s recent medical history, he took off quite some time a year ago due to some medical is-sues, he came to the conclusion that it was just time to retire.”With Davis leaving, Howell said he will be looking for can-didates but it will take some time to find the right fit.“It will take some time to find someone to fill the position,” he said. “There were so many areas that he was involved in. He has made a real impact on the department and was ahead of his time in many areas. Pre-senting recommendations to the council will take some time and is not something I am taking lightly.”In the meantime, the city council appointed Sgt. Brian Koschmider as a temporary replacement to take over the po-sition for the next two to three months.“He took over for the chief while he was on medical leave a year ago,” Howell said. “He has proven himself to be able to hold the position, so it made sense to recommend him as the person to temporarily take over the department until a perma-nent chief is found.”As of right now, Koschmider has no interest in taking over the position full time.“I’m happy to assist the City as Acting Chief in the interim but at this time I have no plans to apply for the Chief position. I am content to serve the commu-nity from second in command, as the Sergeant,” Koschmider wrote in an email.Davis’ last day as the Reed City Police Chief will be Sept. 27 and Koschmider will take over starting Sept. 28.
Chief Davis set to retire later this month
After 45 years of law enforcement, Reed City Police Chief Chuck Davis announced his retirement at the Monday, Sept. 16 Reed City Council meeting.
Sgt. Brian Koschmider named to be acting chief until replacement is named
‘It has
been a very interesting ride with a lot of the things that have come through the city.’
Chuck Davis
Reed City Police Chief
REED CITY — There is a new Sheriff in town for Osceola County and he is excited to be a part of the community.Sheriff Ed Williams was sworn in on recently to start his position after be-ing selected to fill the posi-tion back in August.Williams was one of three candidates who in-terviewed for the newly opened sheriff position after former sheriff Justin Halladay resigned to take on a new job in the county as Commission on Aging Director.The selection committee made up of Osceola Coun-ty Clerk Karen Bluhm, County Probate Judge Tyler Thompson and County Prosecutor Tony Badovinac, chose Williams for his experience in the military and leadership background.“His qualifications and resume are quite impres-sive,” Thompson said. “His military training and his training over in Clare County set him up to run about anything.”Since starting as sheriff on Monday, Sept. 8, Wil-liams said he has been busy but could not be hap-pier with his new job.
Osceola County swears in Ed Williams as new sheriff 
Former Osceola County Sheriff Justin Halladay (left) hands over his badge to newly appointed Sheriff Ed William (right) on Thursday, Sept. 5.
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Church hosting family concert
REED CITY — Jennie Williamson will perform a family concert at Trin-ity Lutheran Church on Thursday, September 19.A meal at 5:30 p.m. will be followed by the concert at 6:30 p.m. AriSon recording artist Jennie Williamson brings an energy and ex-citement for Jesus through music. This event is for all ages.Admission is free but a freewill offering will be taken.
GFWC hosting open house
REED CITY — General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Michigan’s Reed City chapter is hosting a community open house on Thursday, September 19.The event will be held 6 to 8 p.m. at the Crossroads Meeting Center, located near the Secretary of State office.Women of all ages are invited to learn more about GFWC. For more informa-tion, contact Denise at 231-250-5602.
‘The Ghosts of Reed City’
REED CITY — The Cross-roads Theatre Guild is presenting “The Ghosts of Reed City,” a script by local playwrights Maureen and Phil Watson.Performances will be Fri-day and Saturday, Sept. 27-28 and Oct. 4-5, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 29 and Oct. 6, at 2 p.m. at the theater. Tick-ets are $10 at the door.For more information, call 231-465-4334 or email
Spectrum Health offers free fall classes
REED CITY — Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital is sponsoring three fall ses-sions of their Helping the Whole You series, begin-ning with “Internet Safety” September 19.The free classes are held from noon to 1 p.m., and a free lunch is provided. The classes are held at the Michigan Works office, 240 E. Church St.In September, trooper Brian Lucha with the Michigan State Police will educate attendees about an array of internet safety top-ics including:
• Danger signs and the
grooming process of preda-tors
• Giving out personal in
• Consequences of post
-ing material online
• Websites and apps to
avoidSpace is limited and those interested can register at call 231-592-4204.The October session Oc-tober 17 will feature Bailey Parmelee, a registered di-etitian, addressing “Nutri-tion as We Age.” Parmelee will discuss the important role nutrition plays in our lives as people get older.Dealing with Dementia will be the November ses-sion November 21. Denise Tinkham, a social worker from Reed City Hospital’s rehabilitation and nursing center will discuss types of dementia, early signs of dementia and offer tips on caring for someone with dementia.
Jam sessions
EVART — Osceola League of Arts and Human-ities (OLAH) holds a jam session the second Wednes-day from 2:30 to 5 p.m. and the fourth Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. every month.Bring your instrument, your voice, your dancing shoes or just your ears and  join in the free fun. the jam sessions are located at 207 N. Main St. Evart.For more information, call 231-734-9900.
Centennial Farm Fall Festival
REED CITY — The Osceola County and Sur-rounding Area Centennial Farm Group will host their Annual Centennial Farm Fall Festival on Sunday, September 22, at 1 p.m. at the Reed City Depot, 200 North Chestnut St. Bring a dish to share, your own table service, and a beverage of your choice. Bottled water will be pro-vided. Honor your Centen-nial Farm Family and stop for an afternoon in remem-bering them. Bring with you any kind of treasure of theirs to share. The main theme this year is “Work-ing Pictures” to include tractors, farm implements and old farm pictures. For more information, contact Wava Woods at 231-832-2897 or Jalayne Markey at 231-250-6243.
Action toward health
REED CITY — MSU Extension is hosting a se-ries of weekly classes on Chronic Pain Personal Ac-tion Toward Health (PATH) September 23 through Oc-tober 28.The six-class series with an emphasis on creating personal action plans, setting achievable goals, problem solving and deci-sion making to deal with chronic pain. Participants will learn how to deal with problems, exercise prop-erly, use medications and communicate with health professionals.Sessions are 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Mondays at the Reed City District Library, 829 S. Chestnut St. The course is free.For more information, contact Robin Eisenga at 231-832-6139 or
Reed City Little League meeting
REED CITY — Reed City Little League is meeting 6 p.m. October 13 at the Reed City Depot.The organization is in need of board members and volunteers for the up-coming term. Volunteers and members of the public are welcome to attend.
REDEEM Groups meet weekly
EVART — Healing is available through Christ-centered, life-transforming REDEEM Groups. These groups are for anyone desiring to deal with life’s hurts, habits or hangups of any kind (anger, addictions, abuse, fear, codependency, etc). The groups are guided, conversation-oriented, step-groups which use the materials and approach of Celebrate Recovery.A group for women and a group for men will start at Crossroads Community Church of Evart each Tues-day at 7 p.m.Please send a confidential message to Pastor Paul at (231) 515-2102 for more information or to indicate your interest. A $20 set of study booklets must be pur-chased by each participant.
Spectrum to offer diabetes prevention program
REED CITY — Spectrum Health is offering a free program to help commu-nity members diagnosed with prediabetes or those who may be at high risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.The Spectrum Health Diabetes Education team is facilitating a diabetes prevention program (DPP) session for the community to help make those life-style changes at Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital. Groups meet for a year  — weekly for the first 16 sessions, then monthly for six to eight months to main-tain the skills they have learned.For more information or to register for the program, call 231-832-6636.
Car seat safety checks
REED CITY — Life Resources of Northern Michigan is hosting several car seat safety checks in Osceola County by appoint-ment.Car seats reduce the chance of injury or death by nearly 70 percent, but only if the appropriate seat is used and installed properly.Upcoming 2019 car seat safety dates are:
• 4 to 8 p.m. Sept. 24 at
Reed City Fire Depart-ment, 523 Morse St.Prevention/Safety Days will be held:
• Noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 15 at
both fire departmentsRSVP for your safety check by calling 231-796-4919 or emailing
Spectrum Health offers diabetes support group classes
REED CITY — Spectrum Health holds a free month-ly diabetes support group to help and encourage those with diabetes.Reed City classes meet on the first Monday of each month from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the diabetes education building, across the street from Reed City Hospital, located at 4393 220th Ave., Reed City.The group meetings are open to those with diabetes and caregivers who wish to gain more information on the topic. Facilitators will lead discussions on blood pressure, heart-healthy eating, physical activity, food label reading and more.For more information or to register, call 231-832-6636.
Free vascular screenings available
REED CITY — Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals are offering appointments for free vascular screenings on the fourth Monday of every month.Individuals must meet two of the following risk factors in order to partici-pate in the screenings:
• 60 years of age or older• Diabetes• History of smoking• High cholesterol• High blood pressure• Immediate family his
-tory of Aortic Aneurysm
• Immediate family his
-tory of arterial disease before age 60If you have two or more of these conditions, you could benefit from a no-cost, pain-free vascular screening.Screenings will be in person with an ultrasound machine and a certified vascular sonographer. Advance appointments are
required for the screenings
and can be scheduled by calling 616-391-VASC.
Wexford-Osceola Habitat for Humanity meeting
REED CITY — The Osceola County Commit-tee of the Wexford-Osceola Habitat for Humanity needs your help. The com-mittee meets every second Wednesday of the month at 4 p.m. at the Lake-Osceola State Bank, 217 S. Chestnut Ave., in Reed City.We are always look-ing for board members, volunteers and helpful suggestions — everyone is welcome. No appointment necessary. For more infor-mation, call 231-775-7561.
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EVART — Terri Lynn Fritz, 55, of Evart (Hersey Township) passed away Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at her home.She was born August 1, 1964 to Glynn and Barbara (Handley) Rus-sell.Terri married Andy Fritz on July 30, 1990.She is survived by her husband, Andy; her fa-ther, Glynn (wife Su-sie); sisters-in-law, San-dy and Kimberly; brother-in-law, Rob Pas-solt; many aunts, un-cles, nieces and neph-ews.She was preceded in death by her mother and sister, Lisa Passolt.Terri wore many hats in her life, always giv-ing love and help to all. She was known as “the barn lady,” ran a spiri-tual help line with hus-band Andy, taught line dancing, and volun-teered at the Evart Li-brary until getting hired full-time two months ago (her dream  job).A memorial celebra-tion will be held on Sunday, October 6, from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Osceo-la County Fairgrounds building. Please bring a dish to pass if possible.
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EVART — Teen Chal-lenge of Western Michigan will be featured during the morning service at South Evart Free Methodist Church Sunday, Sept. 22, starting at 11 a.m. The pub-lic is invited.Teen Challenge is a residential ministry that offers help to those who are turning from an addic-tion through reliance on God. Current residents of the Muskegon-based West Michigan Teen Challenge will be sharing music and their own stories. They will be staying after to talk or answer questions and share stories.The South Evart Free Methodist Church is lo-cated at 1009 90th Avenue, about 4 miles south of town.There is a lunch after the service and the public is welcome to stay for that as well.
South Evart Church hosts Teen Challenge
Members of West Michigan Teen Challenge sing during a recent outdoor concert in Lake City. They will be doing the same Sunday at South Evart Free Methodist Church.
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