The following project update was taken from the September newsletter of Inspirations Childcare and Preschool Center

We have color! The plumbing, wiring, and storm shelter are all done! The insulation will be going in the walls this week and the drywall will start going on. The general contractor states the completion date of December is still looking promising. We see God’s presence throughout the project and pray for continued guidance and blessings. We are still looking for a smaller circle table with 2 chairs for the staff lounge. If you have something you would be willing to donate, please let Dawn know.

They are also hoping to get some dirt work done and grass seed in before winter and the December opening.

Got clutter around the house?

The City of Sully is sponsoring a cleanup day on Friday, September 27 for Sully residents which will coincide with the city’s regular weekly garbage and recycle pick up. City residents should have all items at the curb by 6:00 am on the day of the pickup.

The following items are allowed:
White Goods such as air conditioner, dehumidifier, freezer, refrigerator, clothes dryer, clothes washer, dishwasher, kitchen range, oven/stove, microwave oven, furnace, thermostat, water heater, etc. will be accepted, but residents must have items placed at the curb and separated from other items. General bulk items: furniture, televisions, computer equipment, lawn furniture, grills, worn out clothing, bedding, scrap lumber, carpet, house wares, toys, bicycles, etc. All gasoline-powered equipment (must be drained of gas and oil): lawn mowers, weed eaters, tillers, snow blowers, etc. Items not accepted: paint, toxic materials, yard waste, tree debris, slate or asbestos shingles and siding, batteries, cleaning solvents, pesticides, fertilizers, propane gas tanks, waste oil, gasoline, diesel fuel, antifreeze and tires.

altalt The first Sully Night Out "Cruizin' the Square" was held the beautiful evening of Saturday, Aug. 24, from 5-8 p.m. with 42 vehicles on display on the west and north sides of the Sully square and approximately 350 people attending.

The Sully Night Out Committee was very pleased with the number of cars and the crowd at the event. They express big thanks to the Dutch Masters, Fast Trax Sports, Hometown Press, Sully Lions Club, Lynnville-Sully Music and Drama Boosters, Sully Development Inc, Sully Business Association, Dan Cross, and, of course, all who attended the event. The Sully Lions Club served corndogs, funnel cakes, and strawberry smoothies while the L-S Music and Drama Boosters served homemade ice cream sundaes with both organizations pleased with great sales. The Lions will use the proceeds for their usual local projects and the Boosters' proceeds will be used for their upcoming trip to Nashville, TN.

Dan Cross served as the DJ for the evening's festivities. Go-cart and tricycle obstacle courses were organized by Craig Maasdam of Fast Trax Sports. In the go-cart obstacle course, drivers had to turn left to go right. A corn kernel vote was held for the attendees to vote for their favorite car and the number-own award went to Doug Huyser's 1941 Willys. Winners of $50 Sully bucks were Saylor Van Wyk, daughter of Marlo and Stef Van Wyk, and Elizabeth Squires, daughter of Steve and Heidi Squires.

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Sully Christian School past and present staff members, students, and their families joined community supporters in the 100-year celebration of providing Christian education over the Labor Day weekend, Aug. 30-Sept. 1, 2013, with the theme “Rooted in Faith.” Even the temperature took part in the party with the mercury rising to 100 degrees on Friday, Aug. 30.

The official celebration began Friday, Aug. 30, with the school students, staff, parents, and grandparents treated by the Centennial Committee with lunch and games from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. A launch of 100 balloons (shown below) was part of Friday's celebration, along with the serving with birthday cake.

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Saturday, Aug. 31, free coffee and SCS Head Teacher Karen Hackert's famous donuts were served at the Sully Ballpark. A softball tournament was held with the Sully Christian Reformed Church team winning the league championship. Members of the team shown in the accompanying photo are: Front, Brian Ochsner, Samantha Collins, Jodi De Vries, and Landon Van Zante; back row, Duane Collins, Jason Lowry, Eric Fynaardt, Randy De Vries, Matt Van Maanen, Kevin Van Maanen, and Alex Van Wyngarden. The inflatable water slide with spraying water was a popular game for the kids, along with snow cones, cotton candy, and kettlecorn. Lunch was available at the concession stand, served by Angels in Aprons.

Sunday, Sept. 1, at 9:30 a.m., a celebration worship service was held in the Sully Christian School gym with alum Todd Zylstra leading the service.

School tours were given throughout the weekend and in the prize drawing, Tim Collins won an iPad.

Saturday night, a banquet and program was held with Dordt College President Emeritus Dr. Carl Zylstra as the featured speaker and Country Catering serving the meal. Zylstra's grandfather was on the original board that founded SCS.

The centennial verse “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness,” Colossians 2:6-7 expresses all the emotions of 100 years.

One hundred years ago, the founders of Sully Christian School had the desire to provide a Christian education for their children. They wanted an education for their children based on the word of God so that those strong roots of Christian faith would provide the foundation to live in Him, being strengthened in the faith. They stepped forward in faith so that their children could be taught in the Christian faith.

It is with overflowing thankfulness that friends and alumni look forward to celebrating those 100 years.

A “Centennial Book” is still available for $7.50 and can be purchased at the school.

The School Centennial Committee thanks everyone involved for the joyous celebration of thanking God for 100 years of faithfulness.

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2013_softball_stateThe Lynnville-Sully softball team capped off the 2013 season with a thrilling seventh-inning rally for a 4-3 win over Remsen-St. Mary’s on Wednesday, July 24, at the state tournament held in Fort Dodge. After a heartbreaking first-round loss on July 22, 6-5 to Don Bosco, the Hawks dominated the consolation bracket, beating the Janesville Wildcats 8-0 July 24 and then taking on St. Mary’s the same day. The Hawks went 2-1 at state, claiming fifth place, the highest an L-S softball team has ever finished. The team finished with an overall record of 38-6 and were ranked as high as sixth in Class 1A. The Hawks have no graduating seniors on the team, making the future of Hawk softball very bright. Above, the team with its fifth-place state tournament trophy is from left: Front row, Riley Rockwell, Kasiah Ehresman, Brenna Lanser, Madison Rasmusson, Haley Hood, Haley James, Kristal Beyer; back row, Coach Stacey Alberts, Coach Scott Alberts, Jade Van Rees, Shaylin Lukehart, Lysandra James, Rachel Van Wyk, Shelby Davis, Bayli Van Maanen, Becca Vos, and Coach Caitlin Cross.

The “heartbeat” of the city consists of elected and appointed officials.  Our elected officials are the Mayor and Council Members.  Our appointed officials are Library Board of Trustees, Board of Adjustment, Planning and Zoning Commission, City Clerk and Treasurer.

The mayor is the chief executive officer of the city and presides over council meetings and maintains order.  The mayor cannot vote on items before the council, but can veto an ordinance or resolution of the council.

The authority of the city resides in the city council.  The council votes on and passes motions, resolutions and ordinances.  Resolutions are statements of policy and ordinances are the laws of the city.  The votes of each council member are recorded in the minutes of a meeting.  The council also approves expenditures, the budget and budget amendments, contracts, city policies and zoning changes.  The City Clerk has many responsibilities that are set by the Code of Iowa.  Each city also appoints a city attorney to provide legal advice.

Collectively these officials come together and offer their time and talents for public service.  Each and every one takes the opportunity to represent the City of Sully with integrity, professionalism and making all decisions based on what is the very best for our community.

This election year there are 4 vacancies; Mayor and three Council Member positions that will be filled November 5, 2013.  The City of Sully is fortunate to have so many good people to offer their time and talent.  Do not be afraid to offer of yourself and become even more involved in the community.  If you are interested in becoming more involved, call the city office at 594-3493 for more details.  The campaign process as well as the election process is extremely date sensitive so please call now.

The business of city government presents a unique opportunity for individuals to resolve issues, accomplish goals and affect the future of your community.

The City of Sully has three (3) four-year term positions open for council members now held by Brent Vander Molen, Wes Van Wyk, and Lori Zylstra, as well as the two-year term position for mayor now held by Gordon Yarrington. Nomination papers for these positions may be picked up at either the city office or the Jasper County Auditor’s office beginning Monday, August 26 and must be returned to the City Clerk by 5:00 pm on Thursday, September 19, 2013. The election will be November 5, 2013.