Supervisors to meet Monday

The Davis County Board of Supervisors will meet Monday at 8:30 a.m. The board will conduct its weekly discussion with Custodian Randy Norman and County Engineer Ryan Schock. The board will discuss decorations in the courtyard and the employee Christmas party. They will hear committee reports, and will hold a closed session at 11 a.m. to discuss personnel issues. The board will also meet with Sherifff Dave Davis and Deputy Josh O'Dell and Civil Deputy Renetta Blew in regard to the employee handbook.

City council to meet Wednesday night instead of Thursday

The Bloomfield City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday night. The council will consider the appointment of Roger Wuthrich to the library board and will consider construction payments for work performed on the library renovation. The council will consider an assumption of guarantee for payment of taxes WHG Management. They will also consider liquor licenses, the annual fiscal year 2017 financial report, discuss traffic signage at Madison and Franklin Streets, consider a five-year gas purcahse by Clayton Energy and consider an electric facility infomation non-disclosure agreement between the city and Iowa State University. The council will consider video streaming for the large conference room in the library and will consider a utlity pole inspection proposal.

Friends restore car for Jerry Gilbert

Deep friendships are truly a blessing in times of tragedy and illness, and no one knows that better than Jerry Gilbert of Bloomfield. Gilbert is suffering from brain cancer, but had the special privilege of attending his favorite car show, the Tin Dusters Fall Color Run in Quincy, Ill., in October, after friends Brownie Brown and Robert Burress rebuilt his 1939 Ford Deluxe convertible. The car was severely damaged in an accident in 1999, but due to the injuries Gilbert's wife suffered in the accident, Gilbert had not been able to rebuild the car himself. Read the heartwarming story in this week's Bloomfield Democrat.

Vote totals higher in this year's election

The number of voters in this year's Bloomfield City Election more than tripled over 2015 voter totals. A total of 704 ballots were cast in all three Bloomfield wards this year. In 2015, only 231 ballots were cast citywide. Darin Garrett secured 392 votes over Jake Bohi's total of 265 to win the at-large position on the City Council. Scott Moore defeated incumbent Jeff Anderson 165-83. Dan Wiegand defeated incumbent mayor, Chris Miller, 423-239. The measure allowing the Bloomfield Public Library board to select members outside the city limits passed with a 94 percent margin. For details on the election, see this week's Bloomfield Democrat.

Aging homes, lack of construction cause housing woes

A study conducted by the University of Iowa's School of Urban & Regional Planning in early 2017 found the key housing issues in Bloomfield are its aging housing stock and the lack of residential housing construction in the last few decades. The study also found the condition of rental properties was worse than owner-inhabited housing. The study suggested the city of Bloomfield may want to consider initiatives to improve the quality of its rental housing stock. More information on the status of Bloomfeild's housing can be found in the article in this week's Bloomfield Democrat.

Community choir being formed

Singers are being recruited to form a Davis County Community Choir to present a Christmas Concert Thursday, Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m. at the Iowa Theatre. The choir will perform a Christmas Cantata entitled
“And Glory Shone Around,” which includes familiar Christmas Carols, new Christmas music, and narration telling the Christmas story. Singers will be asked to purchase their own music for $10 and be able to keep the music following the performance. Rehearsals will be held at the Kay Burchette Cultural Center and are tentatively scheduled to begin on Nov. 19. Additional information can be obtained by contacting Lyle Stirling at 641-208-6012 for further information.

Soldier addresses needed for care package project

The American Legion Auxiliary is requesting addresses of soldiers currently serving overseas that have local ties in order to send them care packages for Christmas. The packages will be sent out before Dec. 1 so that they have enough time to reach their recipients by the holiday. Members of all branches are invited to participate. There is no cost to the recipient or family members. To provide an address, call American Legion Auxiliary president Sue Spilman at 664-2223 or leave them with employees at the Legion Hall.

Applications for energy assistance being accepted

Applications are now being taken for the 2017-2018 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. This program is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services through the Iowa Department of Human Rights/DCAA. Davis County Sieda Community Action at 203 S. Madison in Bloomfield will be taking applications from November 1, 2017 through April 30, 2018. The assistance is based on household income, household size, type of fuel, and other factors. The Davis County Sieda Resource Center is open Mondays and Fridays, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. For further information and income guidelines, contact the Davis County Resource Center at 664-1911.



Robert Willcoxson

Robert Willcoxson, 80, of Bloomfield, passed away November 15, 2017 at the Bloomfield Care Center.  A memorial service will be held at the Bloomfield Christian Church at a later date.  Wagler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  Further details about the service will be in next week's Bloomfield Democrat and on

Donna Sloan Strait

Donna Sloan Strait, 62, daughter of Helen and the late Irvin Sloan, passed away at her home in Florissant, Colo., Nov. 15. Services are being planned and will be held in Colorado.

Donna Mae Francis

Donna Mae Francis, 85, of Bloomfield passed away November 14, 2017 at the Bloomfield Care Center. No public service is planned. A private family graveside service will be held at a later date at Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Ottumwa.  Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield is in charge of arrangements and online condolences may be directed to



Baseball/Softball scoreboards

Meet the Mustangs to be Friday

The Davis County A-Club will host the winter edition of Meet the Mustangs Friday afternoon and evening. The new bowling team and the wrestlign team will each host an open practice Thursday afternoon from 4-5:30 p.m. The bowling team will be at the Davis County Lanes while the wrestling team will host that practice in the wrestling room south of the high school gymnasium. The evening portion of the program begins at 6:30 p.m. in the gym and is open to the public. The pep band will perform at 6:30 p.m. followed by the high school and middle school school boys' basketball teams, which will be introduced and will go through some practice drills. At 7:15 p.m. the winter color guard will perform a routine. The cheerleaders will perform at 7:30 p.m. The wrestling teams will be introduced at 7:40 p.m. followed by the bowling team at 7:45 p.m. Introductions for the girls' basketball teams begin at 7:50 p.m.


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