The Lynnville-Sully Community Education Foundation is establishing a database of Lynnville-Sully High School alumni. Please submit your information online. Go to www.lshawks.org, click on the Education Foundation tab, then L-S Alumni and Staff, and complete the electronic form. You may also print a paper form and send it in. Submit your information soon to hear about what is going on at Lynnville-Sully and to be updated on upcoming alumni events as well as receive a quarterly newsletter.

The upcoming storm spotter course is open to anyone who is interested in learning more about, or refreshing their storm spotting skills.
  • WHAT: Storm Spotting Course
  • WHERE: Jasper County Community Center, 2401 1st Ave E, Newton, IA
  • WHEN:  April 7th   STARTS at 6:30 P. M. 
  • WHO:  Put on by The National Weather Service, Johnson, IA.
Hosted by the Newton Amateur Radio Association Inc. 
For more information contact:  Chuck Wagoner at 641-792-3520

The Sully Library funding will be considerably less starting this summer. Donations can be made to The Sully Foundation to aid the library services. A nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization established in 1983, The Sully Foundation's purpose is to improve the quality of life thorugh community betterment. Besides the library, remember The Sully Foundation for tax-free donations for community projects such as central park rejuvenation, community events, and playgrounds when planning your personal donations or memorial fund of loved ones.

Send donations to PO Box 121, Sully, with a note about the project you wish your donation to benefit. For questions, contact Rod Jansen-secretary-treasurer, Teryl Ver Ploeg-vice president, or Margaret Vander Weerdt-president.

A neighborhood meeting will be held at the Sully Community Center located at 318 Sixth Avenue on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss a proposed construction project which includes pavement reconstruction on First Avenue from First Street to Fifth Street as well as pavement construction on West Second Avenue. Objectives of this meeting include:

• Sharing of information regarding project development.
• Proposing probable timelines and construction sequencing.
• Informing residents of the area of what they can expect for disruptions and nuisances while construction is taking place.
• Providing a forum in which public input can be gathered regarding issues such as access, local drainage and other special needs which may have an affect on project design.

It is the City’s goal to complete this project as smoothly as possible through open communication and community involvement.

2014_Inspirations_2332Inspirations Childcare and Preschool moved to its new location at 1005 2nd Street in Sully on Dec. 30, 2013, and began operating from the building a week later. Everyone in the community is invited to its open house on Thursday, Jan. 30 (rescheduled from Jan. 16 due to inclement weather), from 6-8 p.m. to see the transformation that has taken place. A dedication prayer will take place at 7 p.m.

Since 2007, Inspirations Childcare and Preschool has been serving area families and children by providing care and educational opportunities within the building of Sully Christian School. The childcare center operated out of three rooms in the school. The building suited the center well at the time; however, as time progressed, so did the need and desire to expand.

After much thought and prayer, the board members of Inspirations voted to move forward with relocation and renovation plans at 1005 2nd Street in Sully. The property was purchased in February 2013, and work began to transform the residential property into an inviting and accommodating childcare and preschool location . Inspirations Director Dawn Allbee reports the center utilized the expertise and labor of local contractors to create a sprawling, fully-equipped, spacious, and welcome place for children to play and learn while parents and guardians are at work.

Inspirations was licensed to care for 46 children at its former location within Sully Christian School where the children were split up into three rooms – an infant room, two- and three-year-old room, and the preschool room. Among the many benefits of the new building, the center is now able to utilize an entirely new room, the one- and two-year-old room. The additional space and accommodations allow Inspirations to increase the number of children it serves to 61. The number of staff members on the payroll also increased, and Allbee notes another staff member is expected to be added at the end of January.

“There are so many positives to the new building – being able to accommodate more families in the community, provide more jobs for the community, having the rooms we didn't have before, a bigger playground area including a separate area for the youngest kiddos, and being close to the main road for accessibility,” said Allbee.

Other benefits of the new center include a fully-equipped kitchen where the Inspirations staff  can prepare and serve nutritious meals and snacks from their own fully-equipped kitchen that provides plenty of storage and work space. Each children’s room, which is identified by the color of the accent wall, features ample storage space. Also, the new center boasts a separate director’s office that will also serve as a storm shelter with its fully-encased cement walls and ceiling, a 2014_Inspirations_2327comfortable staff lounge area, handicapped-accessible restroom with laundry area, and exits out of every children’s room.

The project has been a labor of love by so many. Allbee said, “As with any construction project, there were times of ups and downs, but everyone was enjoyable to work with. We have appreciated everything everyone has done. Construction workers, staff members, parents, board members, supporters from the community – they have all put in a lot of hard work to make this come together. We are excited to continue to provide high-quality childcare in the community in a high-quality building! God has been good through the whole project!”

A nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization established in 1983, The Sully Foundation's purpose is to improve the quality of life thorugh community betterment. Remember The Sully Foundation for tax-free donations for community projects such as community events, library, parks, and playgrounds when planning your personal donations or memorial fund of loved ones. 

Send donations to PO Box 121, Sully, with a note about the project you wish your donation to benefit. 

For questions, contact Rod Jansen-secretary-treasurer, Teryl Ver Ploeg-vice president, or Margaret Vander Weerdt-president.

fredom_rockMonday, Dec. 2, was moving day for the Jasper County Freedom Rock from pasture to Sully Central Park. The 7'x9'x10' rock from the Glenn and Thelma Vanderpol farm about two miles south of Sully was moved to the park to be painted as the Freedom Rock of Jasper County. Champion Crane Service Inc. of Des Moines and Earthworks Inc. of Sully moved the rock to town, and it will have a security camera to deter vandalism. The Vanderpols donated the rock, which will be painted as the Freedom Rock for Jasper County by Ray "Bubba" Sorensen II of Greenfield in 2014.

Vanderpol said he spent lots of time on the rock in the pasture on his farm where he also grew up. "I knew it was a big rock because it was a foot high by four or five feet across, but I had no idea until it was dug up just how big it is. I rested on it a lot when sticking thistles years ago for my dad!" Vanderpol said.

"I appreciate what my father did in Korea and all service men/women from every town, city, and farm. There are a lot of people in Jasper County who live in rural areas and smaller communities who were/are service people and what better way to re recognize them," said Sully Mayor Gordon Yarrington. "My prayer for the Freedom Rock is to honor the families of the men and women of Jasper County who have given their all for their country and for the ones who have served and are currently serving. Thank you to each and every one who has served, is serving, and will serve in the future in the name of our freedom."