Santa Claus is coming with treats for good boys and girls who can visit him at Great Western Bank in Sully from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 13, sponsored by the Sully Lions Club. 

The Faithwalkers youth group will be holding its annual soup dinner at The Gathering Place new addition at Sully First Reformed Church from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. For a freewill donation, tne menu will include grilled cheese sandwiches, chili, chicken, and potato soups, fruit and cream pie, juice, and coffee. IMPACT junior high youth group will hold a bake sale at the same time and place.

Hometown Press will have an open house 10 a.m.-noon with  refreshments, door prizes, and gifts for its fifth anniversary.

Sully Christian School will have an open house toy drive, free cookie decorating for kids and adults, and a kids craft from 10 a.m. to noon at Synergy.

From 10 a.m.-noon, Craig Maasdam will have the old DeJong/Brand Hardware Store open for people to see his restoration progress.

Businesses with Christmas open houses with goodies and/or door prizes will be (signs posted on the doors at participating businesses):

Allycuts (8 a.m.-noon), 

Casey's General Store (8 a.m.-noon),

Coffee Cup Café (6-11:30 a.m.),

First State Bank in Sully (8-11 a.m.),  

Great Western Bank in Sully (10 a.m.-noon) with Santa sponsored by Sully Lions Club,

Hometown Press (10 a.m.-noon),  

Key Cooperative Lumber Department (7:30 a.m.-noon) ,

Sully Community Locker (9-11 a.m.),

Sully Plumbing & Heating (9-11 a.m.)

Sully Speed Co. (9 a.m.-noon),

Synergy hosting Sully Christian School (10 a.m.-noon toy drive, free cookie decorating for kids and adults, and kids craft), and

Van Wijk Winery (9-11 a.m.).

Since the lighted parade won't be happening in 2014, a Saturday holiday event in Sully will be held especially so Santa can bring goodies to area children and residents can visit some of the area businesses.

Area schools will have the following winter programs.

Sully Christian School: Monday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. at the school gym.

Diamond Trail Children’s Center: Thursday, Dec. 11, 6 p.m. at Lynnville Friends Church. 

Pella Christian High School: Christmas Music Concert Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. at the high school.

Inspirations: Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. at Sully First Reformed Church main auditorium.

Lynnville-Sully School: Thursday, Dec. 18, grades K-2 concert at 6 p.m. followed by middle school-high school concert at 7 p.m.

The public is invited to attend and enjoy all programs.

Snow Plowing and/or ice control operations shall commence under the direction of the Public Works Director.  In his absence, the Street Committee will confer with the Mayor to determine when and where operations will begin in accordance with the following criteria:
a) Snow accumulation of 2-inches or more;
b) Drifting of snow that causes problems for travel;
c) Icy conditions which seriously affect travel; and,
d) Time of snowfall in relationship to heavy use of streets (i.e. weekday a.m. and p.m. commuter periods).
Snow and ice control operations are expensive and involve the use of limited personnel and equipment.  Consequently snowplowing operations will not generally be conducted for snowfall of less than 2 inches; this will be determined by the KCCI School Net internet site.
Snow will be plowed in a manner so as to provide access as soon as possible and to minimize any traffic obstructions.  The City Square will be plowed first and completed by 5:30 a.m., this snow shall be placed in the park.  The snow shall then be pushed where the discharge shall go onto the ditch.  Streets and cul-de-sacs are initially plowed with a single pass to open all routes as soon as possible.  It is the Public Works Department’s goal to have the entire street system cleaned after a “typical” snowfall in approximately 24 hours.  Depending on snowfall conditions and duration of the storm, streets will not always immediately be able to be completely cleared of snow.
Generally, operations will continue until all routes are passable.  Widening and cleanup operations may continue immediately or on the following work day depending on conditions and circumstances.  Safety of the plow operators and the public is important.  Therefore, snowplowing and/or removal operations may be terminated after 10-12 hours to allow personnel adequate time for rest.  There may be instances where this is not possible depending on storm conditions and other circumstances.  Operations may also be suspended during periods of limited visibility, significant winds or severe cold so as to not jeopardize the safety of city employees and equipment.  Any decision to suspend operations shall be made by the Public Works Director and the Mayor based on the conditions of the storm.  The City will still provide access for emergency fire, police and medical services on an “as-needed” basis during a major snow or ice storm.
The City is concerned about the effect of salt and sand on the environment and will limit its use for that reason.  Therefore it is the policy of the City to utilize salt and sand at locations where there are hazardous or slippery conditions.  This provides for traction but is not intended to provide bare pavement during winter conditions.  The City will not be responsible for damage to grass caused by salt and sand and therefore will not make repairs or compensate residents for salt and sand damage to turf areas in the right-of-way.
Snow plowing and ice control operations can cause property damage even under the best of circumstances and care on the part of the operators.  The major types of damage are to improvements in the City right-of-way, which extends approximately 10’ to 15’ beyond the edge of the street location.  The intent of the right-of-way is to provide room for snow storage, utilities, sidewalks and other city uses.  However, certain private improvements such as mailboxes, landscaping and other private installations are located within this area.
Mailboxes—Mailboxes should be constructed sturdily enough to withstand snow rolling off a plow or wing.  While the installation of mailboxes on the city right-of-way is permitted, the mailbox owner assumes all risk of damage except when a mailbox is damaged through contact by a plow blade, wing, or other piece of equipment.  If a mailbox is damaged due to direct contact by snow plowing equipment, the City, at its option, will repair or replace the mailbox at a cost not to exceed $50.00.  Damage resulting from snow rolling off a plow or wing is the responsibility of the resident.
Landscaping— Property owners should assume all risk of damage for landscaping, including nursery and inanimate materials that are installed or encroach on City right-of-way.  The City assumes no responsibility for damage incurred to these non-permitted elements as a result of snow plowing and ice control activities.  In addition, inanimate materials such as boulders, timbers, etc. are a hazard and can cause damage to plow equipment.
Other Private Installations – The City will assume no responsibility for underground lawn sprinkling systems, exterior lighting systems, underground electronic dog fences or any other non-permitted features privately installed in City right-of-way.
Ongoing snow and ice control efforts require the use of the entire City right-of-way, city parks and easement areas for storage of plowed snow.  Depending on the volume of snow, available storage within the right-of way can become limited and/or create sight obstructions.  Since it is financially impossible and impractical to remove snow from all intersection corners, the City, at the Public Works Director’s direction will “wing plow” snow banks along the right-of-way.  This winging operation results in snow being pushed father back onto the right-of-way area.
One of the most frequent and most irritable problems in removal of snow from the public streets is the snow deposited in driveways during plowing operations.  Snow that accumulates on the plow blade has no place to go but in the driveway.  Snowplow operators make every attempt to minimize the amount of snow deposited in driveways, but the snow can still be significant.  Based on the priorities and staffing level, City personnel do not provide driveway cleaning.
Snowplow operators make every effort to remove snow as close to the curb line as practical and to provide access to mailboxes for the Postal Department.  However, it is not possible to provide perfect conditions and minimize the damage to mailboxes with the size and type of equipment the City operates.  Therefore, the final cleaning adjacent to mailboxes is the responsibility of each resident.
Complaints regarding snow and ice removal or damage will be taken during normal working hours and handled in accordance with the City’s complaint procedures.  Complaints involving access to property or problems requiring immediate attention will be handled on a priority basis.  Response time should not exceed twenty-four (24) hours for any complaint.  It should be understood that complaint responses are to ensure that the provisions of this policy have been fulfilled and that all residents of the City have been treated uniformly.
If you questions or comments regarding snow removal or the snow removal policy, please contact a city council member.
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.