As a fundraiser for its Legacy Building Project, Sully First Reformed Church is hosting a Christmas Tour of Homes on Saturday, Nov. 29, which will feature five beautifully decorated homes in the Sully area. The tour will be 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tickets are available at the church in Sully, The Sanctuary in Pella, Stepping Stones in Grinnell, and Choices in Newton.  
Tickets are $12 in advance and will be $15 the day of the tour. The ticket includes tea time, the craft bazaar and bake sale at the church, and tours of the homes of Doyle and Linda Huyser, Randy and Nancy Huyser, Jerry and Linda Jansen, Melvin and Shirley Van Genderen, and Meldon and Eloise Vos. Soup, croissant sandwich, dessert, and beverage will also be available starting at 11 a.m. at the church for an additional $8 with everyone welcome even if they don’t participate in the home tour.
For more information, see the church’s Christmas Tour of Homes Facebook page or call the church at 641-594-2935.  Click here for a tour of homes map
We need your help!
Jasper County is currently updating the Jasper County Multi-Jurisdictional All-Hazard Mitigation Plan for all Jasper County communities, school districts and unincorporated areas in Jasper County.  A copy of the plan is posted on the Jasper County Emergency website at  Appendix B of the plan summarizes the results of the survey as of September 22, 2011.  
Upon completion, the plan will be presented to the communities participating in the plan for adoption and then submitted to Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEMD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for review and approval.
This survey questionnaire provides an opportunity for you to share your opinions and participate in the mitigation planning process.  The information you provide will help us better understand your hazard concerns and identify policies and projects that can help lessen the impact of future hazard events.  It is very important that every community participate in this survey. Click here for the HMGP Survey form.
Please help us by completing this survey and returning it to:
City Hall 
Jasper County Emergency Management 
1030 W 2nd Street S
Newton, Iowa
If you have any questions regarding this survey or would like to learn more about how you can participate in the development of the Jasper County Multi-Jurisdictional Mitigation Plan, please call 641-792-7555.
Christmas Decorating Contest is open to area homes and businesses with voting proceeds to benefit Sully Central Park and charities.
Help promote the Christmas spirit throughout the area and support good causes in the process with the first Lynnville-Sully Area Outdoor Christmas Decorating Contest. 
Here’s how it works:
REGISTER: To enter your home or business, go online and visit,, or (the link is

between Nov. 13-28. Enter your name, address, and the charity you want voting proceeds to go to.  

The cost to register is $10 (to cover administrative costs).
DECORATE: After registering, community members are encouraged to decorate their homes and/or businesses. Anywhere with an address is eligible.
VOTE: Registered addresses will be listed in the Hometown Press and online. The community is invited to view the decorated homes and businesses and vote for their favorites from Dec. 8-20. Each vote costs $1, and voting is unlimited. Voting can be done with credit card at the websites listed above or with cash at the Hometown Press or Van Wijk Winery in Sully.  The link to vote is

PROCEEDS: Half of the voting proceeds will go toward the continued development of Sully Central Park. The remaining half of the proceeds from the voting will be divided between the charities of the top three vote-getters (first – 50 percent, second – 30 percent, and third – 20 percent). The winners will be announced in the Hometown Press the last week in December.

2014_kuhlmannLynnville-Sully's Canyon Kuhlmann, a junior, raced in his second consecutive state cross-country meet in Fort Dodge on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014.

Battling not only tough competition in the Class 1A race, Kuhlmann also had to overcome crisp temperatures and gusty winds. A strong start and smart running put Kuhlmann in good position early in the race. The junior finished in 51st place overall, with a time of 17:59.

Although he was hoping to place better than last year (49th in 17:52) at the state meet, he did finished seventh from L-S's state-qualifying site, where he finished 10th. So he was better than three others a week later which his coach, Darin Arkema, said was something to be happy about.

Kuhlmann is the son of Kevin and Sandy Kuhlmann of Sully. The junior is no doubt already thinking about next year's cross-country season, said his coach, and how he can continue to improve for his final high school season.

rlfThe Sully Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) has $30,000 available for financing your business start-up or expansion project. The Sully RLF was established to improve the Sully economy by providing “gap” financing for small and emerging private business enterprise projects that may or may not increase property valuations or employment opportunities.

Any business located in the Jasper County portion of the Lynnville-Sully Community School District is eligible to apply. Refinancing, residential construction, specialized equipment not essential to the operation, and routine maintenance generally cannot be financed. Some possible uses of the Sully RLF are:
 • Acquisition of land, buildings, and equipment,
 • Building renovation, rehabilitation, or equipment installation,
 • Working capital for inventory and direct labor, and
 • Technical assistance for private business enterprises.

Loan amounts are subject to the availability of funds. The minimum loan is $2,000. Interest rates will vary with the prime rate and are set by the Sully RLF Loan Committee. Rates will range from 2-5% and typically will not exceed prime rate by more than 2%. The Sully RLF Loan Committee will determine the loan term, which will depend upon the project being financed.

If you are interested, contact the City of Sully (641-594-3493). Click here for additional information.

The Sully Night Out Committee will be hosting a family event on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 5-8 p.m. at the Sully Community Center. Sully Fall Family Fun Night will include a freewill donation meal served by the Killduff Hotshots 4-H Club, and free family bingo with prizes donated from several local businesses.

Everyone who attends will receive a ticket for the door prize drawing. Goalsetter Systems has donated a basketball rim table for the door prize. The winner of the rim table will be able to pick a Hawkeye, Cyclone, or L-S mascot logo. The prize drawing will take place at the end of the evening and the winner will not need to be present.

Participating in town events is a great way to get involved in the community and to meet and visit with your neighbors. Take the entire family and make some new friends!

Sponsors for the evening include: Sully Night Out Committee, Killduff Hotshots 4-H Club, Goalsetter Systems Inc., Hometown Press, Sully Development Inc., and Sully Business Association.


It was a week packed with activities for the 2014 Lynnville-Sully High School Homecoming held Sept. 29-Oct. 4.

From the spirited class competitions to the community-involved parade to the alumni events, Hawk pride was rampant with the theme "Hunting for a Victory" which played off the BGM Bears as the Friday night football game opponent. Fans braved the chilly low 30s to watch the L-S Hawks football team who lost to BGM, 35-0.


Members of the 2014 homecoming court shown are: Baker Zegers, Katy Sevcik, Jake Brand, Shelby Davis, King Nic Lirio, Queen Tierney Needham, Cori Rice, Blake Wehrle, Kristy Sevcik, and Noah Zylstra.

L-S PreK-8 Principal Teri Bowlin, L-S Superintenden Shane Ehresman, and L-S Director of Technology Shane Wheeler led the 2014 homecoming parade. All L-S students and many staff members participated in the parade. (Photos by Taylor Photography)