Fire destroys rural Davis County home Wednesday

Firemen spray water on a house fire Wednesday night to knock down the flames. The home was completely destroyed in in the blaze.

Fire departments from Bloomfield, Pulaski, Floris and Drakesville were called to a house fire at 13436 Lily Avenue, Wednesday night. The call came in around 6 p.m.

Fire engulfed the home owned by Martha Boer, quickly rendering it a total loss before firefighters could get the fire under control. 

Posted on 24 Apr 2014 by Bdemo


School lunch menus for April 25--Breakfast: Pancake on a stick. Lunch: French toast with syrup, sausage patty, tater tots, fresh veggie medley with dip, fresh fruit, blueberry buckle, milk.


Bloomfield Senior Citizens Center menu for April 25--(Birthday Dinner) Roast pork, mashed potatoes, gravy, spinach, strawberry banana gelatin, cake and ice cream. Activities: Wii games at 9-11:30 a.m. Bingo at 12:30 p.m.

Posted on 24 Apr 2014 by Bdemo

Council approves street construction bid

The Bloomfield City Council approved a bid of $1,714,277 Thursday night for the reconstruction of Franklin Street from the square to the Bloomfield Country Club. JDM Contracting out of West Point won the bid and will begin the project this summer.

Sandy Mason was appointed to the Bloomfield Library Board and Ryan Snyder’s proposed Eagle Scout project for Weaver Park was also approved.

Posted on 18 Apr 2014 by Bdemo

Supervisors to meet Monday

The Davis County Board of Supervisors will meet Monday at 8:30 a.m.

The board will meet with custodian Russell Lundstrum at 8:50 a.m. They will meet with secondary roads at 9 a.m. and will meet with CPC Diane Buss at 10:30 a.m. to discuss technical assistance payments to Wapello County for a jail diversion program. 

Posted on 18 Apr 2014 by Bdemo

School board to meet Monday night

The Davis County Community School Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

The board will begin its meeting with a closed session to discuss matters presently in litigation.

The board will consider contracts, resignations, expenses for Everyday Math curriculum, school lunch prices, an extension of a contract to a food vendor, a resolution to participate in an instructional support program and a discussion about a proposed bus stop for the Moulton-Udell School District. 

Posted on 21 Apr 2014 by Bdemo

Volunteers needed to help with GPS mapping

Lynn Fellinger of the Davis County Wellness Coalition is in need of volunteers to assist in doing GPS mapping of the town on April 29.

The mapping is being done to determine safe routes for the “Walking School Bus” project.

The Wellness Coalition for this project secured grant money several weeks ago in an effort to establish safe-walking routes free of hazards for students and the public in general.

Those willing to volunteer should contact Fellinger at

Posted on 21 Apr 2014 by Bdemo

School board discusses open positions

The Davis County School Board learned Monday night the district is working to replace eight staff vacancies before the 2014-2015 school year.

The board approved the transfer of Michelle Grove to the high school business department but learned that school officials were going to re-evaluate Grove’s middle school position before hiring someone to fill that position. Classroom skills such as keyboarding may be moved into the lower elementary grades since kids are using computers at a much younger age.

The board approved replacement materials for the elementary math curriculum, approved a food vendor agreement and voted to raise school lunch prices by 25 cents. 

Posted on 22 Apr 2014 by Bdemo

Sheriff expresses concerns about sex abuse against children

Davis County Sheriff Dave Davis expressed concerns last week with the growing number of sex abuse cases that his office is investigating. Between January of 2000 and the present, 41 individuals have been charged and arrested for sexually abusing minors in Davis County. A total of 168 felony charges have been filed on those individuals.

The story in Wednesday’s Bloomfield Democrat provides an in-depth look at the problem Davis and other local law enforcement officers are dealing with.

Other top stories:

*A fence dispute has Camp Wapello’s main gate closed off and has limited access to the camp.

*The Bloomfield City Council approved a $1.7 million street-paving project for Franklin Street.

*Check out a salute to several remarkable working women who are featured in this week’s newspaper. They are included in our annual special feature.

*In sports, find out which track athletes qualified for the Drake Relays. 

Posted on 23 Apr 2014 by Bdemo



Lydia Jean Payne

Lydia Jean Payne, 80, of Pulaski, Iowa died April 22, 2014 at Good Samaritan Society in Keosauqua, Iowa. 

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 25, 2014 at the Pulaski Mennonite Church in Pulaski, Iowa with Pastor Darrell Zook officiating.  Burial will be at the Pulaski Cemetery. 

Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday with the family present to greet friends from 6-8:00 p.m. at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield. A memorial has been established to the Pulaski Mennonite Church Building Fund.  Online condolences may be directed to

Posted on 23 Apr 2014 by Bdemo


Thursday sports schedules

Boys’ tennis travels to Albia for a meet that begins at 4:15 p.m.


The Lady Mustang tennis team will host Chariton in a meet that begins at 4:15 p.m. The meet will be held at the tennis courts behind the middle school.


The Mustang Invitational Golf Tournament scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday afternoon has been postponed until Friday, April 25. The tournament will be played at the Bloomfield Country Club

Posted on 24 Apr 2014 by Bdemo

Golf team finishes second

The Lady Mustang golf team lost a dual meet to Fairfield Tuesday at the Bloomfield Country Club. Fairfield shot a team score of 229 while Davis County finished with a 246.

Davis County returns to action Thursday with a meet at Chariton. Action begins at 4:15 p.m.

Posted on 24 Apr 2014 by Bdemo

Birchmier to compete at Drake Relays Thursday

The Davis County boys’ and girls’ track teams will have athletes competing in the Drake Relays in Des Moines over the next three days.

Kate Birchmier begins competition with the shot put at 3:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

The rest of the events will take place on Friday at Drake Stadium. Check this week’s Bloomfield Democrat for a full schedule of Davis County events competing at Drake. 

Posted on 24 Apr 2014 by Bdemo

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