The Iowa Department of Revenue has been made aware of a potential scam targeting Iowa taxpayers.  The scam begins through an automated phone call, which shows on caller ID as being from 515-281-3114.  That phone number is the Department’s general Taxpayer Services number; however, no automated phone calls can originate from that number.   
 
When answering the call, the taxpayer is informed they are eligible for a refund from the Iowa Department of Revenue.  The taxpayer is then asked whether the refund should be deposited into the account the Department has on file or if they’d like to donate the refund to an animal charity.
 
The Iowa Department of Revenue does not make these types of calls.  We believe this is an attempt to steal bank account or other personal information.   By fraudulently displaying the Department’s phone number on caller ID, the scammer is attempting to convince the taxpayer of the legitimacy of the call.
If you receive such a call, do not provide any information to the caller.  You may report the incident to the Iowa Department of Revenue or the Iowa Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division.
 
Iowa Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division:  https://www.iowaattorneygeneral.gov/for-consumers
The RISE Paving Project which includes pavement reconstruction on First Avenue from First Street to Fifth Street as well as pavement construction on West Second Avenue will proceed this spring as scheduled.
Blommers Construction, Inc. has notified the City of Sully they plan to begin project construction approximately April 1, depending on weather conditions, with 50 days for completion.
This project construction work may cause some inconvenience with access to First Avenue; however, it is the City's goal to complete this project as smoothly and as quickly as possible.  Should you have questions or concerns regarding this project, please contact a Council Member.

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Last month, the Sully Central Park Playground fund drive went over the halfway mark on the way to the $50,000 needed for the project. As of Mar. 5, 2015, $25,870 has been donated to the project. To donate any amount or to a specific playground item, forms are at both banks in Sully, Hometown Press, and this website. Checks need to be made payable to The Sully Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization. 

The Community Easter Egg Hunt hosted by Lynnville Heart of Worship will take place Saturday, Apr. 4. The event will take place at Old Settlers Grounds in Lynnville, rain or shine. There will be lots of candy, prizees, and fun. All kids age 10 and under are welcome.

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Lynnville-Sully High School's Josh Dunsbergen, freshman at 106 pounds, qualified for ths 2015 Class 1A State Wrestling Tournament. The first-time state qualifier was the only one among five L-S grapplers to advance from the Class 1A District 4 event in Pleasantville on Feb. 14. He qualifed at 106 ounds after placing second in his division. He beat North Mahaska's Tyler Strasser by a 4-2 decision and then fell to West Marshall's Hunter Pfantz by a 16-9 decision. 

In the opening round of Class 1A state wrestling on Feb. 19, Dunsbergen drew the fourth-ranked wresler at 106 pounds, Blake Bauer of Southeast Warren (shown in accompanying Randy Taylor Photo with Dunsbergen). Dunsbergen wrestled hard but fell 15-1 in the opening round. In the wrestleback, Dunsbergen faced Cody Fisher of South Winneshiek, losing 14-2. 

The young wrestler has three more seasons to  reach the state meet, and hopefully, on the podium.

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A new playset and swingset has been selected for Sully's Central Park. The goal is to complete its installation this spring. To make that possible, the Sully Central Park Playground Committee is taking donations and asking for your help. The project's financial commitment is $50,000. This will offset the costs associated with site preparation and the purchase of a new ADA-approved playset and swingset appropriate for 85-95 children ages 2-12. Donations can be made for specific playground equipment. Please see the contact information below to request this list of items. Non-cash help will be needed to help with the installation this spring. The project will need manpower and various types of equipment. If you are interested, please contact the Sully Central Park Playground Committee by calling 641-831-2983 or send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Jasper County Emergency Management announced recently the switch of the county wide alert system from CodeRED to the Wireless Emergency Notification Systems or WENS. WENS/Alert Iowa is a statewide mass notification and emergency messaging system which enables city officials with the ability to provide pre-recorded emergency telephone notification/information messages to public citizens in targeted areas or an entire city/county. The WENS platform enables officials to instantly communicate directly with landlines, cell phones, text-messaging, and email. Residents and businesses are encouraged to sign up for WENS to be sure they receive timely emergency notifications and weather alerts when issued.

Due to privacy restrictions, we were unable to transfer cell phone numbers from the CodeRED system to WENS. The new system’s database will include listings for landlines only. If you signed up your cell phone number with CodeRED and would like to continue receiving emergency notifications, you must register with WENS. You can do this by visiting the Jasper County Emergency Management website at www.jasperema-hls.org. If you need assistance, please call 641-841-1181.