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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.

Citizens of Sully:

The amount of landfill fees paid by the City has been steadily increasing and if this trend continues we may have to increase fees. Therefore, the Council would like to remind citizens of Sully’s trash collection guidelines.

  • Curbside trash collection is provided to all single-family, duplex and multi-family residential units as long as the dwelling does not receive trash service from a dumpster or other common collection container.
  • One 35-gallon container of trash weighing up to 65 pounds will be collected each week from each residence. 
  • A tag must be purchased for each additional bag or container of trash in excess of 35 gallons per week. Tags may be purchased at the Sully city office and the Sully Community Library for $10 per pack of five tags.
  • A tag must be attached to each trash bag or placed on the top item inside each trash container so that the tag is visible. DO NOT attach the tag directly onto the trash container or lid. 
  • Excess trash without a tag WILL NOT be collected. 
  • Trash is collected each Friday. The fee for trash service is $8.50 per month. This fee will apply even if trash service is not used. 
  • Place trash at the curb before 6:00 am on Friday morning. All containers should be removed from the curb promptly following collection. 
  • Do not place large items such as carpet, air conditioners, major appliances or items that do not fit into a bag or trash container at the curb for normal weekly collection. Arrange for disposal of large items separately or bring them directly to the landfill. 
  • Yard waste is not considered trash and will not be collected as part of the weekly trash collection service. 

Recycling service is also available and the cost is included in the trash service fee. Recycling is very easy and the Council encourages everyone to participate because all recycling efforts help to minimize our landfill weight and therefore help control price increases.

  • Curbside recycling collection is a residential service provided to each household.
  • Collection of recyclable items coincides with weekly trash service. 
  • Place recyclable items at the curb in a separate spot from your trash. 
  • Use open containers that allow collection workers to easily identify recyclable items. Examples to use would be recycle bins, storage tubs without the lid and laundry baskets – do not place recyclable items in trash bags or plastic sacks that are tied shut. 
  • All recyclables except glass can all be left in one container – no sorting needed. 
  • Basically, all paper can be recycled. Plastic containers with codes 1 through 7 printed on the bottom are acceptable but they must be rinsed out. Cardboards that can be recycled include cereal boxes and pizza boxes, as long as they are clean. Lids and paper do not have to be removed from tin cans in order to be recycled. 

Midwest Sanitation of Pella provides these services and will be notified of these guidelines and will be instructed to leave all excess trash at the curb if the required tags are not attached. As landfill fees increase recycling is more critical because the less trash picked up, the less landfill fees the city has to pay. We ask for your cooperation on this matter; otherwise trash fees may need to be increased.

~ Sully City Council

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.