altFifteen members of the Lynnville-Sully boys and girls track team proved they are among the best in Class 1A with a remarkable showing and lightning-fast finishes at the state track meet held May 22-24 at the Drake University Blue Oval.

For the first time since 1993, Lynnville-Sully athletes were crowned state champions, claiming the titles of the 100m (Meliek Meyer) and the boys 4x100 (Bailee Samson, Sage Ehresman, Caden Doll, and Meliek Meyer, shown at right). The speedy group ran the event in 43.92 seconds, the fastest time ran in school history and Class 1A this year. Meyer is also the 100m state champion.

L-S track stars were among place finishers in several other state events, including a third-place overall team finish for the boys team. The 2014 memorable and successful state track meet will go down in the record books for the L-S track teams.

The 4x800 girls’ eighth-place finish overall by Kasiah Ehresman, Cori Rice, Tara Vos, and Madison Rasmusson, and Lizzy Van Manen’s sixth-place discus throw are only the second and third events to score at state in the seven seasons L-S Coach Darin Arkema has been at the helm.

Junior standout Madison Rasmusson raced in four total events at state.

Darin Hofer was seventh in the 110m hurdles, the first L-S high hurdles medal in 10 years.

Following are all the results of all the Lynnville-Sully events at the state meet.

2014_track_3rd_in_stateBOYS - 3RD PLACE TEAM (shown at right)

• 100-meter dash: Meliek Meyer, 11.13, 1st | Bailee Samson, 11.56, 3rd
• 200-meter dash: Meliek Meyer, 22.56, 2nd | Bailee Samson, 22.79, 4th
• 110-meter hurdles: Darin Hofer, 15.64, 7th | Caden Doll, 15.99, 10th
• Shuttle hurdle relay: Caden Dunsbergen, Noah Engle, Darin Hofer, Caden Doll, 1:02, 10th
• 4x100 relay: Bailee Samson, Sage Ehresman, Caden Doll, Meliek Meyer, 43.92, 1st
• 4x200 relay: Payton Haack, Meliek Meyer, Brandon Dunsbergen, Bailee Samson, 1:32, 2nd
• 4x400: Payton Haack, Darin Hofer, Brandon Dunsbergen, Caden Doll, 3:37, 19th


• Discus: Lizzy Van Manen, 113'11 ", 6th
• 400-meter dash: Madison Rasmusson, 1:03, 17th
• 800-meter run: Madison Rasmusson, 2:27, 12th
• 1500-meter run: Alexa Vander Leest, 5:18, 17th
• 3000-meter run: Alexa Vander Leest, 11:28, 18th
• 4x400 relay: Kasiah Ehresman, Tara Vos, Cori Rice, Madison Rasmusson, 4:18, 18th
• 4x800 relay: Kasiah Ehresman, Cori Rice, Tara Vos, Madison Rasmusson, 10:13, 8th
• Distance medley relay: Lizzy Van Manen, Kasiah Ehresman, Cori Rice, Tara Vos, 4:37, 20th

2014_freedom_rock_washingA lot of activity is taking place around the Jasper County Freedom Rock in the Sully Central Park. An opportunity presented itself in May to allow the Freedom Rock to be painted the week of June 16. With that opportunity, the Freedom Rock committee has been working hard to finalize the memorial plans and get ready for Raymond “Bubba” Sorensen II to come to Sully to paint the rock. The site will be 24’ x 45’ and have the U.S., Iowa, and POW flags behind the rock. In front of the rock will be a 12’ x 14’ area for 663 pavers to be set. These pavers will be sold to families to place in honor of anyone that has served in the military service. The people do not need to have lived in Jasper County or Iowa. This is a memorial for service people and recognition of their service to our country. The pavers will be engraved with their name and service branch and whatever else will be allowed to fit. Watch for the order form in the Hometown Press, on the Sully website, and at area businesses on how and where to order and pay for these. Price will be $75 for the 4” x 8” and $125 for the 8” x 8”.

Activities for the week of June 2 are washing the rock (shown in progress by Gordon Yarrington June 3) and pouring concrete. The week of June 9, pavers (eventually to be replaced with engraved pavers) will be set in, flag poles set up, seating stones placed, landscaping, and set up tent over rock so painter can work rain or shine. Week of June 16, the rock will be painted, and the week of June 23 will be finishing painting the rock and removing the tent. During the week of June 30 will be finishing touches before the dedication at the Sully Fourth of July celebration. After July 4th, lights will be installed that will illuminate the rock and flags.

People are needed to donate towards this project. Some ideas are one of three flag poles at $800 each (one donated already), flags, seating stones are $290 (one donated already), five lighting fixtures at $800 each, and 17 yards of concrete at $100 per yard (eight yards donated already). Please contact, call, or stop one of the committee: Sheryl Van Wyk, Margaret Vander Weerdt, or Gordon Yarrington to let them know what you would like to contribute towards this veterans memorial. Once the project is completed, a permanent story board will be placed on site telling the story of how it came about with the list of donors to be included on it. The list of donors will also be published in the Hometown Press when the project is completed.

“Having gone on a Freedom Flight with my father last month,” Yarrington said, “this is so fitting to honor our veterans and to have the privilege to host the Jasper County Freedom Rock in Sully, Iowa. There is a video on the Sully website if you wish to see Bubba Sorenson and hear his story about the rocks in Iowa and his plan for each state and even the nation.”

Learn more about the artisit and the story behind the rock in this video

Check this link out for infomration about the county freedom rocks that have been and are being painted.

Summer story hours will be held at the Sully Community Library on Wednesdays - June 4, June 11, and June 18 from 10:00 - 11:00 am.  The finale will be held on Friday, June 27, at 2:30 p.m. with the Science Center of Central Iowa. Readers of all ages will enjoy this summer's reading program, "Fizz, Boom, Read!" as they be experimenting and exploring science.

All programs are free of charge.  Call the Library at 641-594-4148 with questions or check out the website at for more information.  Plan to join in all the fun!

Click to open the Registration Form

Join hundreds of runners and walkers on Friday, July 4, 2014, in Sully for the 19th Annual Sully Freedom Fun Run/Walk in connection with the town’s Fourth of July Celebration.  The one-mile run/walk will begin at 8 a.m. and the 5K run/walk will start at approximately 8:20 a.m. A kid’s run around the square will be at 9:10 a.m. for ages 8 and under. 

All the races will start and finish on the square in downtown Sully. Entry fees for the one mile are $10 if postmarked by June 20, $12 if postmarked by June 27, and $15 after June 27 to race day. Entry fees for the 5K are $15 if postmarked by June 20, $20 if postmarked by June 27, and $25 after June 27 to race day. T-shirts are only guaranteed for registrations postmarked by June 20. Registration table and packet pick-up begins at 6:45 a.m. on race day. Race day registration closes at 7:30 a.m. The kids' run is free, but parents must sign a waiver at the registration table by 9 a.m. Proceeds from this year’s race will go toward the Lynnville-Sully Cross Country Team and athletic fund.

A commemorative plaque will be given to the first three overall males and females in the 5K and to the overall male and female winners in the one-mile run. Age group medals for both male and female will also be given in the 5K.  Every participant also will be eligible for many door prizes. In order to get all awards out to participants, we ask that you please stick around after the race for the awards ceremony. 

Following the races and awards ceremony, runners are invited to take part in a freewill donation pancake breakfast put on by the Sully First Reformed Church youth group, as well as stick around for all of the activities Sully has planned for the day. There will be a parade, carnival games for the kids, and many more events. Please visit for a full event schedule. 

If you would like to register for either race or have any questions, please contact Darin Arkema 641-780-3335 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or www.facebook/SullyFunRun. Entry forms are also available at, or,  or  Online registration can be done at plans to join us for this year’s events in Sully.

Congratulations to all area students graduating from colleges, universities, and trade schools.

gradCongratulations to local graduates at the following events.

  • Lynnville-Sully High School Commencement will be at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, at the high school gymin Sully.
  • Pella Chrsitian High School Commencement will be at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, at the high school gym in Pella.
  • Diamond Trail Children's Center preschool graduation will be at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20, at Lynnville Friends Church.
  • Inspirations preschool graduation will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21, at Sully First Reformed Church.
  • Sully Christian School eighth grade graduation will be at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 24, at the school gym.

american-flagMany volunteers are needed to make the annual Fourth of July celebration happen in Sully.  Have an idea for a new activity?  Want to be a part of a great Sully tradition?  Everyone is invited to a July 4th planning meeting at the Sully Community Center at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, May 13 - come join us and bring your ideas and suggestions.

share_logoStarting May 31, there will be a new program in Sully that you may be interested in: SHARE Iowa, Inc. This program brings people together to build and strengthen community through volunteer service by providing access to good, nutritious food at affordable prices. Several years ago, this program was very successful in Searsboro and Prairie City and now it is back in the area. SHARE Iowa has sites in Newton and Grinnell. Starting May 31, Sully will be a distribution site.

SHARE Iowa is for EVERYONE. There are no age, income, or membership requirements. Living in Sully is not a requirement. The only requirement is that you provide two hours of volunteer service each month. Many area residents already volunteer many more hours coaching, at church, at service organizations, at school, etc. which they can report for this requirement.

SHARE Iowa offers nutritious food packages including meats, grocery items, fresh fruits and vegetables, and even desserts. There are several packages to choose from each month at up to 50 percent off supermarket prices and the pick-up site will be at Sully First Reformed Church one Saturday morning a month. You can pay with cash, check, EBT, or online using Pay Pal, debit card, or credit card.

Think of SHARE Iowa as a food co-op, some foods are name brand and some are private label.

How do you get started with SHARE Iowa? Check out the website for additional information about the program itself. This month, orders are due by May 16 to get your first order to be picked up in Sully on May 31.

For additional information or questions, contact Melinda Hardin at 594-3388 or by sending an inquiry to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for additional instructions for the Sully site.