Lynnville-Sully Superintendent Shane Ehresman was recently at a Sully Betterment Committee meeting when talk of how people and businesses from the L-S community are recognized for the services they provide was discussed. They discussed how local businesses are recognized for their contribution to the community one night at half time of a basketball game but decided that there should be something else done for the individuals who are making or who have made valuable contributions to the community.

Ehresman recently approached the L-S newspaper staff about creating a feature article that would periodically appear in editions of the Hawk Talk throughout the year recognizing an individual for their contributions to the L-S community as a “community difference maker”. After some coordinating and discussing between the Hawk Talk editorial board and Ehresman, a plan for the feature has been put together and the Hawk Talk editorial board is aiming to feature a community difference maker as early as next month.

Nominees for this honor should be people who are or who have positively impacted the L-S community. Upon the reviewing of nominations, the Hawk Talk editorial board will make the final selection of an individual to feature. The article will be featured in editions of the Hawk Talk periodically.

If you have any questions about this honor, process, or wish to nominate a deserving individual of the L-S community, please email the Hawk Talk editorial board at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it including a brief statement about what you believe the person you are nominating has done that qualifies them as community difference maker.

Household hazardous waste items can be brought to the Newton Sanitary Landfill beginning April 1, 2014. Customers need to contact the landfill at (641) 792-3866 to set up an appointment to bring their items.

How to know if items are hazardous? Look for words such as DANGER, WARNING or CAUTION on the product label. Other key phrases to look for are: "Harmful if swallowed", "Do not use near heat or flame" or "causes severe burns on contact" when in doubt please contact the landfill.


Four Division I ratings were awarded to Lynnville-Sully High School speech contestants on Mar. 1 and earned them advancement to the state speech competitoin on Mar. 15: From left, Isaac Collins, Dillon Van Manen, Macy Lanser, Haley James, Naomi Shinkle, and Talon Woods (not pictured). They will compete at North Scott High School in Eldridge. They will compete in musical theatre, improvision, and two prose.


The Lynnville-Sully High School girls basketball team ended their season at the state tournament where they lost 38-34 in a game that went down to the wire against Colo-Nesco. They fell in the quarterfinal game on Monday, Mar. 1, ending their season with a 21-4 record and second place in the SICL. The team qualified for the state tournament for the third time in four years. Five seniors guiding the girls team to the state tournament were Cassie Cullen , Lyndsay Terpstra, Rachel Van Wyk, Jade Van Rees, and Becca Vos. Members of the girls basketball team shown with the state qualifying banner are: Front, Tierney Needham, Kasiah Ehresman, Madison Rasmusson, Brenna Lanser, Jelissa Rozendaal, Marissa Vos; back, Coach Jerry Hulsing, Bayli Van Manen, Rachel Van Wyk, Jade Van Rees, Lyndsay Terpstra, Becca Vos, Cassie Cullen, Lysandra James, Shelby Davis, and Coach Jeff Corbett.


The boys basketball team finished its season second in the SICL Conference. Two seniors on the team were also the top two scorers, TJ Cunningham and Darin Hofer. Members of the 2013-14 team are, front: TJ Cunningham, Baker Zegers, Nic Lirio, Ben Trettin; middle: Canyon Kuhlmann, Kyle Van Dyke, Coach Nick Harthoorn, Darin Hofer, Jake Brand; back: Coach Kurt Harthoorn, Caleb James, Sage Ehresman, and Coach Joel harthoorn.


Lynnville-Sully's Caden Doll, a senior wrestling in Class1A 160-pound weight bracket of the IHSAA State Wrestling Tournament, ended his high school wrestling career with a win and standing on the podium. It was his second trip to the state meet. The senior demonstrated the quiet poise and dominance he has exuded all season on the mat and finished his senior season with a 45-4 record, seventh-place finish in Class 1A and 100-plus career wins.  The Hawks had qualifed four for districts.

The Lynnville-Sully Community Education Foundation is establishing a database of Lynnville-Sully High School alumni. Please submit your information online. Go to, 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