City looking to raise water rates

Water rates will be raised in Bloomfield. The Bloomfield City Council is looking at a plan to increase water rates to help pay for improvements to the city’s water system and the switch to Rathbun Regional Water Association.

The council is looking at a plan that would raise the minimum bill to $22.48, which would also include the first 1,000 gallons of water used. The council is also looking at an increase to $9.87 as a charge to customers for each 1,000 gallons of water used beyond the first 1,000 gallons.

The council has had one public hearing to discuss the matter and will have two more before the new rates become effective.

Posted on 28 Jul 2014 by Bdemo

Council sets special meetings

The Bloomfield City Council has scheduled two special meetings this week.

The first meeting will be held Monday night at 5 p.m. the council will meet in closed session to conduct performance reviews of City Clerk Carol Taylor, Police Chief Shawn Armstrong, DPW Ted Henderson and Taylor Helton as the recreation director.

The second meeting will be held Tuesday night at 6 p.m. The council will discuss amending the electric contract with Southern Iowa Electric Cooperative. SIEC General Manager Mark Aeilts will be on hand to help facilitate the discussion. 

Posted on 28 Jul 2014 by Bdemo


School lunch menus July 29--Cheese pizza, celery with peanut butter, orange slices, milk.


Bloomfield Senior Citizens Center menus for July 29--Salmon patty, baked potato, sour cream, brussels sprouts, homemade wheat dinner roll, peach crisp. Activities: Wii games at 9-11:30 a.m. Exercise at 9:30 a.m. Bingo at 12:45 p.m.

Posted on 28 Jul 2014 by Bdemo

Old Solders' and Settlers' Reunion continues Friday and Saturday

Addie Hunter was crowned queen of the Davis County Old Soldiers’ and Settlers’ Reunion Thursday night.

Jayla Garmon was named the first runner-up and Sadie Spargur was named the second runner up.

Friday night’s activities include a fun horse show beginning at 6 p.m. and Barnyard Billy will be on the concourse beginning at 6:30 p.m. The parade will be held at 7 p.m. The chair will be presented to the oldest soldier at 7:45 p.m.

Friday’s main stage entertainment will be the “Marengo Civil War Band” beginning at 8 p.m.

Saturday’s activities begin at 8 a.m. with the Bill Bassett Memorial Motorcycle Ride. The tractor ride and the petting zoo begin at 10 a.m. The baby contest, games for kids and adults begin at 1 p.m. followed by the frog jump at 3 p.m. The canoe carnival begins at 4 p.m. and mule show at 6 p.m.

 “Midnight Blue” will perform at 7:15 p.m.

Posted on 25 Jul 2014 by Bdemo

Supervisors to meet Monday

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

The board will consider utility permits from Rathbun Regional Water Association at 9 a.m. The board will also consider setting a public hearing for a road vacation, which includes a portion of Umber Avenue near Silver Trail.

The board will review the county conservation annual plan at 10 a.m. and will meet with CPC Diane Buss at 10:30 a.m.

Posted on 25 Jul 2014 by Bdemo



Tom D. McElderry

Tom D. McElderry, 65, of Waterloo, died Tuesday, July 22 at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home of pancreatic cancer.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 28 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Public visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Sunday at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway in Waterloo and for an hour before services on Monday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, American Cancer Society or Cedar Valley Hospice.

Condolences may be left at

Posted on 25 Jul 2014 by Bdemo


Baseball/Softball scoreboards

Jones named all-district

Jacob Jones was named to the first team of the Iowa Baseball Coaches Association Class 2A All-District Team for southeast Iowa.

Jones was a junior on the Mustang baseball squad and hit .356 as the Mustangs’ leadoff hitter. Jones was also 5-5 as a pitcher for Davis County.

Posted on 28 Jul 2014 by Bdemo

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