Foundry closes doors

The Bloomfield Foundry closed its doors late last week. Employees were sent home and haven’t been called back.

Other top stories.

*The Davis County Hospital Board accepted the resignation of Hospital CEO Deb Herzberg.

*The Iowa Supreme Court has overturned the conviction of Patrick Ryan Nicoletto who was convicted on a charge of sexual exploitation by a school employee.

*The Davis County Trails Council spent last weekend beginning work on clearing a path for the proposed trails.

*In sports, read about the successes of the Davis County track, tennis and golf teams.

Posted on 16 Apr 2014 by Bdemo

Students begin Easter break Thursday

Wednesday will be the final day of classes in the Davis County Community School District this week due to the Easter break. Students and staff will return to classes on April 22.

Posted on 16 Apr 2014 by Bdemo


Bloomfield Senior Citizens Center menu for April 17--(Easter Dinner) Glazed pork chop, baked fresh sweet potato, broccoli, banana cream pie. Activities: Wii games at 9-11:30 a.m. Exercise at 9:30 a.m. Peek-a-boo poker at 12:30 p.m.

Posted on 16 Apr 2014 by Bdemo

Nicoletto conviction reversed

The Iowa Supreme Court Friday filed an opinion in the sexual abuse case against Patrick Ryan Nicoletto of Bloomfield.

Supreme Court justices reversed a conviction against Nicoletto, which was issued by a Davis County jury.

Justices stated Nicoletto was not subject to prosecution under the Iowa Statute used in Nicoletto’s conviction. That statute involved treating Nicoletto as a school employee, licensed professional or administrator. The court determined that coaching with just a coaching authorization was not enough to consider Nicoletto a school employee and reversed the conviction.

The decision released Friday morning stated that all Iowa Supreme Court Justices except Judge Edward Mansfield and Judge Thomas Waterman agreed that Nicoletto’s conviction should be reversed.

Posted on 11 Apr 2014 by Bdemo

Herzberg resigns

The Davis County Hospital Board of Trustees voted Thursday night to accept the resignation of CEO Deb Herzberg effective Monday, April 14. The vote came after approximately two hours in closed session.

Board members closed the meeting by asking for community support during the transition to come.

Chairman Tom­ Prosapio said, “We have an exceptional staff that provides exceptional healthcare to this community, and we need your support going forward.”

In a prepared press release Friday morning, the Davis County Hospital Board will immediately begin the search for a new hospital CEO with the assistance of the Mercy Health Network in Des Moines. 

Posted on 11 Apr 2014 by Bdemo

Firefighters respond to fire call on Bloomfield Square

The Bloomfield Fire Department was called to Copy Cuppin’ Keyboard Thursday night around 10 p.m.

Firefighters arrived to find smoke in the building.

Upon further investigation, firefighters found a pile of smoldering sawdust in the backroom of the building, which was responsible for causing the smoke.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the smoldering sawdust and clear the building of the smoke with minimal damage to the building. 

Posted on 11 Apr 2014 by Bdemo

Quilt block contest begins

The Davis County Fair Board announced its theme for the quilt block contest to be held at the fair in July. The theme will be “Summer Bouquet.”

Packets and rules can be picked up at the Davis County Recorder’s office, Upholstery & Sew forth and North Side of the Square Insurance. Contest deadline is June 20.

Posted on 14 Apr 2014 by Bdemo

Supervisors sign proclamation

The Davis County Board of Supervisors Monday signed a proclamation declaring April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. The proclamation was one of many activities being held this month by the Davis County Council for the Prevention of Child Abuse.

A Lenten Bible Study will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Bloomfield Christian Church in recognition of the local efforts. A coloring contest for ages 14 and under is being sponsored by MPA Computers in recognition of the month’s activities. 

Posted on 14 Apr 2014 by Bdemo

Volunteers sought for jail feasibility committee

The Davis County Sheriff’s Office is looking for community members to assist with a feasibility study on the Davis County Jail. The committee will look at options for remodeling and updating the current facility versus building a new facility.

The committee will meet at least four times over the next two to three months. Once the study is complete the committee will turn its findings over to the Davis County Board of Supervisors along with a recommendation as to how to proceed with jail updates needed to meet state jail inspections.

Anyone wishing to be a part of this committee is asked to contact the Davis County Sheriff’s Office by calling 664-2385 by April 25. 

Posted on 15 Apr 2014 by Bdemo

Supervisors to meet in closed session Wednesday

The Davis County Board of Supervisors will hold a special meeting on April 16. The meeting is set to begin at 1 p.m.

The agenda calls for the board to hold a closed session under Iowa Code Section 21.5(1)(C) to discuss matters that are presently in litigation.

That is the only item listed on Wednesday’s agenda. 

Posted on 15 Apr 2014 by Bdemo



Ruth Ailene Smith

Ruth Ailene Smith, 85, of rural Bloomfield, died April 14, 2014 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

A private memorial service will take place at a later date. Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield is in charge of arrangements and online condolences may be directed to

Posted on 16 Apr 2014 by Bdemo

Billie L.Wright

Billie L. Wright, 88, of Cedar Rapids and formerly of Bloomfield, died Monday, April 14, 2014, at Colonial Manor in Amana.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 18 at the Wagler Funeral Home with Pastor Tim Frasher officiating. Burial will be at the IOOF Cemetery in Bloomfield. 

Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday, with the family present to greet friends from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Legion in Bloomfield.  Online condolences may be directed to

Posted on 16 Apr 2014 by Bdemo

MaryElla Harrelson

MaryElla Harrelson, 74, of Alamogordo, New Mexico, formerly of Milton died at her home on April 11, 2014, after a long battle with cancer. The body has been cremated and a memorial service will be held in Pulaski at a later date.

Mrs. Harrelson is the mother of Jeff Harrelson of Floris and the sister of John Howard of Bloomfield.

Posted on 16 Apr 2014 by Bdemo

James Rysdam

James Rysdam, 81, of Drakesville, Iowa died April 14, 2014 at the Hospice House in Ottumwa.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Pastor Donna Olinger officiating.  Burial will be at the Drakesville Cemetery.

Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. on Wednesday with the family present to greet friends from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home.  Online condolences may be directed to

Posted on 15 Apr 2014 by Bdemo


Thursday sports schedules

The Lady Mustang golf team travels to Fairfield Thursday for a non-conference meet. Action begins at 3 p.m.


The Mustang boys’ tennis team will host Albia Thursday afternoon in a South Central Conference meet. Action begins at 4:15 p.m.


The Lady Mustang tennis team travels to Fort Madison Thursday for a non-conference meet. Action begins at 4:30 p.m.

Posted on 16 Apr 2014 by Bdemo

Lady Mustangs are fourth at Centerville

The Lady Mustang golf team finished fourth in the Centerville Invitational Tuesday afternoon. Davis County carded a 442 team score in the 18-hole tournament.

Blair Bodkins led the effort with a 109. Briley Dixon shot a 110 and Bailey Spurgeon shot a 112. Skylar Yahnke finished with a 118. 

Posted on 16 Apr 2014 by Bdemo

Mustangs finish fourth

The Mustang boys’ golf team finished fourth Tuesday afternoon in the Albia Invitational Tournament. Davis County ended the tournament with an 18-hole team score of 360. Logan Faler led the team shooting an 80 for the tournament. Chris Davidson shot an 85 and Kody Smith shot a 95. Drew Wetterich rounded out the team scoring with a 101. 

Posted on 16 Apr 2014 by Bdemo

Henderson and Hill honored

Madison Henderson and Tony Hill were inducted into the Davis County Track Hall of Fame Tuesday night during the Mustang Relays. Henderson is a 2008 graduate while Hill graduated in 1975, both were honored during a short break in the action.

The Mustang boys’ track team won first place in the team standings of Tuesday night’s meet. They beat Fairfield by one point.

The Lady Mustang track team finished second overall behind Pekin who won the team championship. 

Posted on 16 Apr 2014 by Bdemo

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