This will be my last article for the City of Sully’s website, and as I end this segment of time, I just want to say it was a joy to work with each group and individual in Sully throughout the last 22 years serving as your mayor. There were three projects that I wanted to do in my next term in Sully, and I have been blessed to see two out of the three put into motion and the third a good possibility. 

  1. To see the Freedom Rock set in place in the town square. This will have special meaning to so many people as a place to gather and remember the people who have served and are serving in the service. What a drawing item for Sully to have and represent Jasper County.
  2. 1st Avenue USDA Loan approved through Sully Telephone to fund the city’s portion of this project.
  3. The possibility of 1st Street being picked for a CIRTPA Grant and a USDA Loan approved through Sully Telephone to fund the city’s portion of this project. 

The vision for Sully will continue to be what we can do to continue to grow and build our community. We have to look to the future to keep the schools so the community thrives. How do we bring tourism into the city so more dollars are used in the local businesses? The Freedom Rock, Coffee Cup Café, and Van Wyjk Winery are three examples of places that will draw people off the highway into our community.  

Future vision must not be lost, or we will become stagnate and stay at the current status quo. More enrollment will be required in our school systems by the state in future years. The Janco expansion is one that will help grow Sully and bring families into our community! These types of visions and companies giving us the opportunity to offer them our services will be critical.  

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you as your mayor and working with you and for you the past 22 years. Sully is home to my family, and I am proud of the community!  Gordon Yarrington

The Sully Central Park in Sully has been named one of 10 finalists competing for a Working Together, Making It Better grant sponsored by Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company.

Grinnell Mutual invites the public to vote for its favorite community project finalist on Facebook at www.facebook.com/myGrinnellMutual. With help from its Facebook fans, Grinnell Mutual will distribute a total of $3,500 between three of the non-profit organizations.

Established in 1983, The Sully Foundation is a non-profit organization with the purpose of improving the quality of life through community betterment.  The Sully Foundation has a two-year plan to revitalize the heart of its small central Iowa community – the Sully Central Park.  Grinnell Mutual’s Working Together, Making It Better funding is sought to renovate, construct, and expand the park facilities as part of the Sully Central Park Revitalization initiative.

“People living and working in rural areas know what it takes to make a community a better place,” said Director of Advertising and Community Relations Barb Baker.

Working Together, Making It Better recognizes the efforts of those people working hard across rural communities to make them vibrant. Their efforts make their communities better.  Working Together, Making It Better is Grinnell Mutual’s way of celebrating community collaboration and recognizing innovative community projects.

“Anyone can vote for a project,” said Baker. “Each vote on Grinnell Mutual’s Facebook page will help decide which projects will receive grants through Working Together, Making It Better.”

Additional finalists include:
• CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), Circuit Court of Fulton County in Rochester, IN
• Cultivate Iowa of Des Moines
• Full Speed Ahead and SLAM Dunk of Angola, IN
• Lake Mills Summer Food and Fun of Lake Mills
• Langford Public Library Mother Goose Storytime and Summer Reading Program of Langford, SD
• Let’s Go Fishing of Winona, MN
• Luverne Street Music of Luverne, MN
• Northeast Nodaway Partners in Education Foundation of Parnell, MO.
• The Big Day of Serving in Lima, OH

Voting is now open. To vote, visit Grinnell Mutual’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/myGrinnellMutual. Voting ends Tuesday, Nov. 26. The three finalists with the most votes will receive $2,000, $1,000, and $500, respectively.

altThe Lynnville-Sully football team traveled to BGM on Monday, Nov. 4, to take on the number-one ranked team in Class A, the BGM Bears, in the second round of playoffs. Determined, ready, and armed with a strong showing of supportive fans behind them, the Hawks took to the field. The score was tied early in the second quarter and the Hawks were within one touchdown, 14-7, when the Bears successfully faked a field goal that led to a touchdown. With a change of momentum by the Bears, the Hawks fought hard and never gave up but came up short, losing 35-7 and ending the 2013 season. The Hawks graduate 13 seniors and ended with an overall 6-5 record. Photo shows members of the Lynnville-Sully Hawk football team proudly raising the 2013 state playoffs trophy they earned following the second-round loss to the number-one ranked team in Class A, BGM.

altMiles and miles of running throughout the past seasons culminated last weekend in the highest team finish at state for a Lynnville-Sully girls cross-country team since 1996, when the girls team was state champions. The L-S girls gave it their all in a fifth-place team finish at the state meet in Fort Dodge on Saturday, Nov. 2. The Hawks had four girls finish in the top 45 runners in the girls’ third appearance at state in the past four years. Additionally, L-S’s lone boy at the meet, sophomore Canyon Kuhlmann, finished 49th out of 128 finishers with a time of 17:52. Above, L-S girls who ran at the state meet and Canyon Kuhlmann (in front) are pictured with Coach Darin Arkema: From left, Alexa Vander Leest, Cori Rice, Karli Roozeboom, Tara Vos, Kasiah Ehresman, Arkema, Line Ascanius, and Lizzy Van Manen. At the state meet to support their cross-country teammates were, from right, Kristine Jaennette, Kristy Sevcik, and Alexis Hardenbrook.

The Sully Night Out Committee will be hosting a family event on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Sully Community Center. Sully Fall Family Fun Night will include a freewill donation chili/soup supper served by the Killduff Hotshots 4-H Club, and free family bingo with prizes donated from several local businesses.

Everyone who attends will receive a ticket for the door prize drawing. Goalsetter Systems has donated a basketball rim table for the door prize. The winner of the rim table will be able to pick a Hawkeye, Cyclone, or L-S mascot logo. The prize drawing will take place at the end of the evening and the winner will not need to be present.

The menu for the evening includes: Chili, chicken noodle soup, finger sandwiches, relish tray, a variety of pies and desserts, lemonade, coffee, and water.

Participating in town events is a great way to get involved in the community and to meet and visit with your neighbors. Take the entire family and make some new friends!

Sponsors for the evening include: Sully Night Out Committee, Killduff Hotshots 4-H Club, Goalsetter Systems Inc., Hometown Press, Sully Development Inc., and Sully Business Association.

For more details, contact Julie at 641-594-3200 or j This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, was city election day in Iowa, and residents in Sully and Lynnville headed to the polls to cast their ballots and make their voices heard.

Write-in candidate for Sully Mayor, Brent Vander Molen, defeated Mayor Gordon Yarrington, 126-85. Yarrington had served as Sully Mayor for 22 years and was the only name on the ballot. The 31.7 percent voter turnout was one of the largest in recent years. A total of 214 ballots were cast out of 675 registered voters, according to unofficial election results from the Jasper County Auditor's Office.

Van Soelen, Vos, and Van Wyk elected to Sully City Council by write-in

Several residents publicized via social media, flyers, and newspaper advertising that if elected by write-in, they would serve on the Sully City Council for the next four years as there were no names on the ballot. Unofficial vote totals for the top three elected were  newcomers Brett Van Soelen with 167 votes and Diane Vos with 125, along with current councilmember Wes Van Wyk with 85 votes. Other write-in totals were: Darin Morvant, 62; Melinda Hardin, 43; current councilmember Brent Vander Molen, 26; and scattered write-ins, 47. Those elected by write-in have until 5 p.m. on Nov. 22 (10 days after the ballot canvass by the Jasper County Board of Supervisors on Nov. 12) to resign the position, in writing, if they do not wish to serve on the council.

Vote totals will become official after the election canvass by the Jasper County Board of Supervisors at their meeting on Nov. 12.

The City of Sully was awarded a RISE Grant by the Iowa Department of Transportation Commission at its Oct. 8 meeting held in Mason City.  The Sully City Council had approved applying for assistance under the Revitalize Iowa’s Sound Economy (RISE) program at its Aug. 12 meeting. With the recent announcement of the Janco Industries business expansion, the City of Sully determined it was necessary to address street improvements for businesses in the business park and along 1st Avenue.

The RISE Grant funds will help defray the city’s costs for the street improvements to 1st Avenue and West 2nd Avenue and a new truck turning intersection at the intersection of 1st Street and 1st Avenue. The total cost of the street improvements is estimated at $403,150. The RISE Grant will pay $195,000 or 50 percent of the project cost, whichever is the lesser amount. Sully Councilmembers Chad Fikse and Wes Van Wyk, Sully Development representative Teryl Ver Ploeg, and Garden & Associates engineer Brad Uitermarkt represented the City of Sully at the IDOT meeting.

“Congratulations for all the hard work that went into the successful approval of the Rise Grant for 1st Avenue and the street into the business park,” said Sully Mayor Gordon Yarrington. “What’s so great about this is we are getting our tax dollars back to use locally, and it’s good that the City of Sully is looking at these avenues to pay for local projects.”

“I appreciate the opportunity to continue to work with Sully, and I’m glad to see they were successful in receiving the RISE Grant for the business park project,” Uitermarkt, the city’s engineer, said.

Originally, the grant application also included one of two portions of graveled streets left in the City of Sully, 1st Avenue south of 5th Street.

“Due to the fact that the lots there were already developed and not part of the Janco project, the DOT took them out of the grant process,” Uitermarkt said.

The City of Sully will now have to decide whether to include the 600 feet of 1st Avenue south of 5th Street estimated at $130,000 and the other graveled street in Sully, 325 feet of 7th Street, and associated storm sewer improvements near Sully Construction in the southwest corner of Sully estimated at $275,000 and how to finance paving of the two streets.

The proposed timeline for the project is: RISE Grant application – September 2013 (completed), project survey and design – December 2013 through January 2014, project bid letting – February 2014, and project construction – May through July 2014.