Council to discuss city budget Thursday night

The Bloomfield City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday night. The agenda calls for the council to discuss the budget for the 2016 fiscal year. 

Posted on 29 Jan 2015 by Bdemo

Public urged to contact legislators about school funding

Davis County Superintendent Dan Maeder said earlier this week that the Iowa Legislature needs to take measures to adequately fund Iowa’s Schools.

Maeder is urging taxpayers to contact their state legislators and urge them to do something about allowable growth funding so that local taxes won’t have to go up.

Maeder is also concerned because Davis County Schools spends approximately $300,000 more than other districts on transportation. Because of that, the district has less money to spend on educating its students compared to other districts.

Wednesday’s Bloomfield Democrat features a story about the issue and how the local school district is affected.

Representative Curt Hanson may be reached at and  Senator Mark Chelgren may be reached at

Posted on 29 Jan 2015 by Bdemo

Mustangs to face Clarke Friday night

The Davis County Basketball teams will all travel to Clarke Friday night for South Central Conference games. Action begins at 5 p.m.

The junior varsity boys' game begins at 5 p.m. followed by a girls’ varsity game and a boys’ varsity game. The freshman boys’ and girls’ games will be held in the middle school gymnasium. 

Posted on 29 Jan 2015 by Bdemo

SIEC gives back through Community Support Fund

Southern Iowa Electric Cooperative announced this week that it has given back more than $11,700 to the community during its first year of a Community Support Fund Program.

The program gives employees the choice of donating to the community support fund program through a “paid time off Leave” program. Employees may also volunteer to serve on committees and learn about community needs.

Wednesday’s Bloomfield Democrat features a story about the program and what they have been able to do for the communities they serve. 

Posted on 22 Jan 2015 by Bdemo

Marshall dies in accident

Mariah N. Marshall, 17, of Bloomfield was killed early Saturday morning when a pickup truck she was riding in was involved in an accident on 160th Street northeast of Bloomfield. The Iowa State Patrol released the accident report Saturday afternoon.

The accident occurred at 1:19 a.m. Saturday morning on 160th Street. The Iowa State Patrol’s report stated that a 2003 Ford pickup driven by Rocky D. Lee, 19, of Floris was eastbound on 160th Street and traveling at an excessive rate of speed. The vehicle crested a hill causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle. The truck entered the north ditch and began to roll. The vehicle also crossed a creek and came to rest in an upright position after crossing the creek.

Three individuals were ejected from the vehicle. Marshall died as a result of her injuries. Amanda J. Carr, 16, was transported to the Davis County Hospital as a result of injuries she sustained as a passenger in the vehicle. Lee was also transported to the Davis County Hospital as a result of his injuries.

Two other passengers, Hunter S. Collins of Blakesburg, 20, and Austin T. Ridgeway, 19, of Lancaster, Mo., were taken by helicopter to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City as a result of their injuries.

Iowa State Patrol officers report the accident is still under investigation and that charges are pending as a result of the crash.

Posted on 24 Jan 2015 by Bdemo

Jail open house is success

Davis County Sheriff Dave Davis and Chief Deputy Josh O’Dell were pleased Saturday with an open house they held to show residents the condition of the current jail facility. Approximately 50 people showed up to take the tour and see the conditions of the jail and law center facilities.

Future open houses are being planned for the facility so that others can come get a look at the deteriorated facilities and learn the reasons why the county is being pushed by state jail inspectors toward building a new facility. 

Posted on 26 Jan 2015 by Bdemo

Fair board, others raising funds for new ice cream machine

The Davis County Fair Board along with several 4-H clubs and the Davis County ASA Softball organization are currently actively involved in a fundraising effort to purchase a new ice cream machine for the kitchen in the Davis County Fairgrounds. The fair board’s current machine has ceased working and a new machine will cost several thousand dollars to purchase.

A fundraising soup supper and will be held Jan. 31 in the 4-H building. Anyone wishing to donate may also contact Marcia Bear at 641-777-6174.

Posted on 26 Jan 2015 by Bdemo

Hotel-motel tax receipts reach new record high for 2014

The City of Bloomfield has set a new record with its receipts of the hotel-motel tax during 2014. The city collected $47,039.37 in hotel-motel tax revenues during the year.

Money will be distributed later this winter. Based on city ordinance, 50-percent of those funds will be distributed toward tourism and economic development projects. The remaining 50-percent equaling $23,500 will be put into the city’s general fund and will be earmarked for recreational purposes.

Those wishing to submit Hotel/Motel Tax Funding Requests to the city must do so by March 1. The requests may be dropped off or mailed to City Clerk, 111 W. Franklin St., Bloomfield, IA 52537. Application forms are available on the city’s website: For further information , call Taylor at 641-664-2260.

Posted on 27 Jan 2015 by Bdemo

Weighted blankets made for children

Wednesday’s Bloomfield Democrat features a story about volunteers from local churches who made weighted blankets to help children with sensory disorders.

Other top stories:

*The Davis County Secondary Roads Department repaired or replaced 15 bridges last year.

* Davis County School Superintendent Dan Maeder discusses school funding needs from the Iowa Legislature.

*This week’s edition includes a salute to the Davis County Soldiers currently serving in the military.

*In sports read about the successes of the Mustang basketball and wrestling teams. 

Posted on 28 Jan 2015 by Bdemo



Mariah Nerice Marshall

Mariah Nerice Marshall, 17, of Bloomfield, Iowa died Jan. 24, 2015. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 at the Mark Baptist Church with Pastor Steve Houser officiating. Burial will be at the Hopkins Cemetery in Davis County.

Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday with the family present to greet friends from 5-8 p.m. at the Wagler Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to her family and Davis County Dollars for Scholars for a scholarship in her name. 

Posted on 26 Jan 2015 by Bdemo


Baseball/Softball scoreboards

Lloyd Hepker

Lloyd Hepker, 85, of Kirksville, Missouri and former resident of Bloomfield died January 27, 2015 at the Twin Pines Adult Care Center in Kirksville. 

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, January 30, at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Pastor James Bolin officiating.  Burial will be at the West Grove Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the time of the service on Friday. 

A memorial has been established to the American Cancer Society.  Online condolences may be directed to

Posted on 29 Jan 2015 by Bdemo

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