Back to Basics run is Saturday

The annual Back to Basics Run/Walk will be held Saturday morning at the Mutchler Community Center.

A one-mile fun run will begin at 8 a.m. followed by a 5K and a five-mile run, which begin at 8:30 a.m.

Anyone wishing to register and participate may still do so Saturday morning between 7:15 a.m. and 8 a.m. at the Mutchler Community Center.

Proceeds from this year’s run will go to benefit the Davis County Trails Council’s efforts to build a trail between the Mutchler Community Center and the McGowen Recreation and Wildlife Area. 

Posted on 22 Aug 2014 by Bdemo

Council didn't discuss parking restrictions

The Bloomfield City Council did not discuss a proposed parking change on Locust Street in front of the high school. The issue was listed wrong on the agenda. Instead the council agreed to move the public hearing to the first meeting in September.

In other action, the council approved the final reading of an ordinance to change the zoning of property owned by Tom and Sue Skinner. The council also approved the final reading of an ordinance amending water rates. The minimum bill will increase to $27.48. The price per 1,000 gallons of water is increasing to $9.87. 

Posted on 22 Aug 2014 by Bdemo

Supervisors to meet Monday

The Davis County Board of Supervisors will meet at 8:30 a.m. Monday morning. The board will meet with custodian Russell Lundstrum and secondary roads personnel at 8:50 a.m. and 9 a.m. The board will consider a utility permit from Southern Iowa Electric Cooperative at 9 a.m.

The board will meet with CPC Diane Buss at 10:30 a.m. and will host a staff meeting at 1:30 a.m.

Posted on 22 Aug 2014 by Bdemo


School lunch menus for Aug. 25--Breakfast: French toast with syrup. Lunch: Cheeseburger on whole grain bun, honey glazed carrots, romaine side salad with lite dressing, strawberries and pears, milk.


Bloomfield Senior Citizens Center menus for Aug. 25--Beef macaroni casserole, peas, spinach Mandarin orange salad, Italian dressing, banana. Activities: Wii games at 9-11:30 a.m. Cards at 12:45 p.m.

Posted on 22 Aug 2014 by Bdemo

Franklin Street update

DPW Ted Henderson reported that driveway accesses are being poured along Franklin St. from the Country Club to Pine Ridge Rd.

He also reported that the Pine Ridge and Country Club driveway intersections with Franklin St. would be opened Friday. Residents along that stretch of Franklin St. will be allowed to park on the street until the driveway accesses are cured.

Monday, workers will be tearing out concrete on Franklin St. from the Hillcrest Ave. to Brown St. intersections, weather permitting.

At that time, residents of Morningside, Hillcrest, and Parkview will need to exit the neighborhood on Pine Ridge. They will then be able to drive through the Country Club to Country Club Drive to access city streets.

Posted on 15 Aug 2014 by Bdemo

Teachers undergo ALICE training

Teachers and school staff spent time last week learning better strategies for dealing with dangerous situations within the school district’s facilities. Deputies Josh O’Dell and Josh Sinnott helped facilitate training for the ALICE program.

Wednesday’s Bloomfield Democrat features a story about the program and what school staff did to become better prepared for a disastrous situation.

Other top stories:

*The Alan Bodkins family recently opened the North End Grill and is using teamwork to make it successful.

*Butch and Lois Abel-Preister are investing in the rehabilitation of two buildings on the west side of the Bloomfield square.

*Hospital board learns the facility started out the year well financially.

*Wednesday’s Bloomfield Democrat also features photos and news from the Iowa State Fair. 

Posted on 20 Aug 2014 by Bdemo

City of Bloomfield looking at ways to improve energy efficiency

A report issued last week shows energy efficiency is the least-cost strategy to limit the growth of electric rates in Bloomfield.

At a special meeting at the Iowa Theatre on Aug. 13, which was requested by the Bloomfield City Council, the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities (IAMU) presented the results of a study IAMU conducted as part of an Energy Independent Community Grant.

The study reviewed the technical and financial feasibility of Bloomfield becoming as energy independent as possible. The study found that the least-cost strategy for lowering customer bills is to invest in energy efficiency. Projections show over a ten-year period, energy efficiency programs could reduce kWh consumption by 23 percent.

To learn more about the study, pick up a copy of Wednesday’s Bloomfield Democrat or check it out at

Posted on 20 Aug 2014 by Bdemo

Country Club urging caution by motorists driving through facility

Officials at the Bloomfield Country Club this week are encouraging Bloomfield residents to slow down when they use the Bloomfield Country Club to get back and forth from their residences into town.

Country Club Manger Molly Piper urged residents to remember that the Bloomfield Country Club’s facilities are not a public street.

The driveway through the country club is also not wide enough for two vehicles to pass one another in some spots so driving with a reduced speed is necessary for safety reasons.

Motorists also need to slow down and use caution because of golfers both on foot and riding in golf carts that drive much slower than other vehicles.

Posted on 21 Aug 2014 by Bdemo



Robert Paul Bissell

Robert Paul Bissell, 82, of Pulaski died Aug. 22, 2014 at his home surrounded by family.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 at the Wagler Funeral Home with Pastor Tom Shipley officiating. Cremation will follow the service.

Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. on Tuesday with the family present to greet friends from 9:3- a.m. until the time of the service. A memorial has been established to his family. Online condolences may be directed to

Posted on 22 Aug 2014 by Bdemo

Anna Downing

Anna Downing, 70, passed away at her home in Fayette, Mo. Aug. 18, 2014. 

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield, Iowa with Rev. Bill Hornbeck officiating. Burial will be at the Troy Cemetery. 

Visitation will be from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Friemonth-Freese Funeral Home in Fayette, Mo.  Memorials are suggested to the grandchildren’s college fund. Online condolences may be directed to

Posted on 21 Aug 2014 by Bdemo

Edward Wayne Woollums

Edward Wayne Woollums, 78, of rural Drakesville passed away Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 at Good Samaritan Society in Ottumwa. 

Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 at the Bloomfield Christian Church with Pastor Jack Knox officiating. Burial will be at the IOOF Cemetery.

Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Friday with the family present to greet friends from 6-8 p.m. at the Wagler Funeral Home. Memorials have been established to the Bloomfield Christian Church and Good Samaritan Society of Ottumwa.  Online condolences may be directed to

Posted on 20 Aug 2014 by Bdemo

John Milton “Mick” Finn II

John Milton “Mick” Finn II, 74, of Bloomfield, died August 18, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.

Visitation with family present to greet friends will be from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield. Burial of the cremains will be at a later date at the Bethel Cemetery in McCoy, Ore.

A memorial has been established to the Wounded Warrior Project. Online condolences may be directed to

Posted on 18 Aug 2014 by Bdemo


Baseball/Softball scoreboards


Posted on 16 Jul 2014 by Bdemo
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Posted on 16 Jul 2014 by Bdemo