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


School lunch menus Jan. 28--Breakfast: Chocolate chip muffin. Lunch: Orange chicken, steamed broccoli, rice, baby carrots, Mandarin orange, pineapple and milk.


Bloomfield Senior Citizens Center menus for Jan. 28--Chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes, broccoli, banana half and a chocolate chip bar. Activities: Wii games at 9-11:30 a.m. Cards at 12:45 p.m. 

Posted on 27 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



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

Karol Jane Collins

Karol Jane Collins, 72, of Bloomfield, died January 22, 2015 at the Hospice House in Ottumwa. 

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 26, at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Pastor Charles Courtney officiating. Burial will be at the IOOF Cemetery in Bloomfield.

Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. on Sunday with the family present to greet friends from 3-5 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to her family.  Online condolences may be directed to

Posted on 23 Jan 2015 by Bdemo


Baseball/Softball scoreboards

Monday night Basketball scores

Girls’ game
Davis County........48
Boys’ game

Davis County........47
Davis County will host Albia in a full slate of South Central Conference games Tuesday night. Action begins at 5 p.m. with the junior varsity boys’ game. The varsity girls’ game begins at 6:15 p.m. followed by the varsity boys’ game. The freshman boys and freshman girls games will be played at the middle school beginning at 6:15 p.m.
Posted on 27 Jan 2015 by Bdemo

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