Deadline for letters to Santa is Friday

The deadline to submit letters to Santa for publication in The Bloomfield Democrat is Friday, Dec. 15. Letters must be emailed to or hand delivered to the office by noon Friday.

Local Farm Bureau honored

Davis County Farm Bureau was recently honored during the annual meeting of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation. The Davis County Farm Bureau was recognized  with an outstanding designation from the state organization. The honor was bestowed on the local Farm Bureau organization based on its programs, policy implementation, communications and its ability to strengthen the local organization. The honor was presented to local Farm Bureau officials during the annual meeting in Des Moines on Dec. 5-6. 

Drakesville Betterment Committee to host Santa Saturday afternoon

The Drakesville Betterment Committee will host Santa Saturday afternoon from 1-4 p.m. on the Drakesville Oval. He will be at the Rusty Wagon Coffee Shop durng that time.

I CARE seeking donations

The local I CARE program is seeking donatioons to help fulfill the program's mission during this Christmas season. The program has more than 70 families and over 152 children that have been approved for the program so far. An additional 36 adults without children have also been apprvoed to receive food boxes. The goal of the program is to make sure each child receives at least one outfit and one toy along with the family's food box. The angel tree is still up an operational at Keith's Foods in Bloomfield. Donated gifts can be left in the drop box at Keith's Foods or delivered to the 4-H building on the Davis County Fairgrounds on Dec. 19. Cash donations may also be sent to I CARE, 301 Duffield St., Bloomfield, Iowa 52537

Supervisors to meet Monday

The Davis County Board of Supervisors will meet at 8:30 a.m. Monday. The Board will meet with Custodian Randy Norman at 8:50 and with Ryan Schock of the county engineer's office at 9 a.m. The board will consider utility permits for Rathbun Regional Water. The board will meet with John Schroeder to discuss permission to use the courtyard in July. The board will discuss a contract renewal for a HIPAA consultant. The board will also discuss a possible resolution regarding the Iowa State Association of Counties recommendation concerning the opioid epidemic and pending litigation. The board will conclude the meeting with a discussion about the employee handbook.

Library renovation nearing completion

The construction of the new library addition is nearling completion. Finish work is being done on the building and library board members are already in the process of purchasing equipment. Plans are to move back into the library by the end of January 2018. The library will reopen to the public in its new facility in early February. Plans are to open for 53 hours per week and be open from 10 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Students begin donation driven program to help less fortunate community members

Donations are being sought for the Mustang Closet, a new way students in need can obtain
items their family may not be able to afford. Students organizing the effort are hoping to be able to have
the closet opened before winter break. The Mustang Closet will offer canned and nonperishable food, along with clothes and hygiene products such as deodorant and toothpaste. Gently used items such as clothing, shoes and backpacks are also accepted. Students and community members may leave donations of any items at the high school office.

Council approves 4 job descriptions

The Bloomfield City Council approved four job descriptions at last week's council meeting. The descriptions for DPW, Community Development Director, administrative assistant to DPW and Community Development Director, and administrative assistant to City Administrator and Deputy Clerk were presented by CA Gary Boden and voted upon by the council. The positions reflect the proposed operations of the departments. Councilman John Hilbert made a motion to move forward with the proposed job descriptions, but made it clear the city is not ready to hire until the council is certain there is sufficient funding to fill the positions.

Findley House Museum walls stabilized

Construction workers from Pishny Restoration Services from Lenexa, Kan. began working last week to stabilize the walls of the Findley House Museum on the site of the Davis County Historical Society. Anchors are being installed to prevent further bowing of the exterior brick walls. The Historical Society says the next project will be to repoint the brick walls of the house.



Floyd Swaim

Floyd H. Swaim, 93, of Bloomfield passed away December 10, 2017 at the Ottumwa Regional Health Center in Ottumwa. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 16, at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Pastor Adam Steinbock and Rev. Aaron Swaim officiating.  Burial with military rites performed by Reed-Whisler Post #78 of the American Legion will be at the Bethlehem Cemetery in Davis County.  Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday with the family present to greet friends from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.  A memorial has been established to the Ronald McDonald House in Des Moines.  Online condolences may be left at

Allen White

Allen Monroe White, 85, of Bloomfield passed away on December 9, 2017 at the Bloomfield Care Center. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 14, at the Wagler Funeral Home with Rev. Tim Frasher officiating.  Burial will be at the West Grove Cemetery.  Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. on Thursday with the family present to greet friends from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home.  A memorial has been established to the family to be designated at a later date.  Online condolences may be left at

Tim Batterson

Timothy Monroe Batterson, 50, of rural Bloomfield, died at 6:38 a.m. December 10, 2017 at Ottumwa Regional Health Center. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Reece Funeral Home with Pastor Travis Decker officiating.  Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery in Bloomfield, with military services conducted by Walter B. Schafer Post #775 Veterans of Foreign Wars and O.B. Nelson Post #3 American Legion. Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Wednesday with the family present from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday. In lieu of flowers, it is requested that memorials be made to the family or for Share the Weight Blankets for autism.

Helen Harris

Helen Bernice Harris, 106, of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away December 11, 2017 at the Bloomfield Care Center. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, December 15, 2017 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield.  Burial will be at the West Grove Cemetery.  Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday with the family present to greet friends from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service.  A memorial has been established to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital.  Online condolences may be directed to



Baseball/Softball scoreboards

Mustang wrestlers to be in action Thursday

The Mustang wrestling team returns to action Thursday night with a home meet against Chariton, Albia and Centerville. Action begins at 5:30 p.m. and will feature both junior varsity and varsity matches.

Basketball teams to host Albia Friday

The Davis County basketball teams will host Albia Friday night in South Central Conference action. The junior varsity girls will begin action at 5 p.m. at the high school followed by the varsity girls and varsity boys games. The junior varsity boys will play at 5 p.m. at the middle school followed by the freshman boys and the freshman girls games.


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