altThe weather was perfect for the Sully Fourth of July parade and all the other events held with a huge crowd attending. 

The Lynnville-Sully Class of 1963 was set to celebrate their 50th class reunion on July 6 and had a six-part entry in the parade which won the overall grand prize. Judy Ver Steegt and Eleanor Jansen carried the banner. Paul Hackert and Virgil Terpstra were int he 1963 Chevy pickup. Riding the 2013 Chevy pickup were Melvin and Shirley Dunsbergen, Bryce Vander Kamp, and Gary  Vander Wilt. Doug Watson, Curt Macy, and Gene Vos rode an Oliver tractor. Riding the 2013 Ford pickup were Larry Renaud, Donna Bruinsma, Dian Van Dalen, Dianne James, Jan De Goey, and Marilyn Van Soelen. The sixth part of the entry was a 1963 Chevrolet convertible with Dwight Vander Leest and David Figland in side.

Other parade winners were;

Large Floats:

1. First State Bank

2. Sully Christian School

3. Zuidema family

Small Floats:A

1. We Are the Present-Megan Van Zante and Denali Conover, We Are the Past-Alexy Convoer as Statue of Liberty, and Klayton Van Dyke as Uncle Sam, We Are the Future-Krystal Van Dyke as mom and children, We The People-Everyone.

2. Ben and Jack Vos of Pellawho are grandsons of Eldon and Brenda Nikkel of Sully

3. Lynnville Heart of Worship


1. Stella Turnbull

2. Danica De Geeter

3. Zylstra family


1. Doug Veenstra with 1970 JD 112 patio series tractor

2. Jamie Van Kooten and family with 1972 JD 5200 self-propelled forage harvester, 2012 JD self-propelled forage harvester, and JD pedal tractor

3. Verlan Brand with 1955 Farmall 200 with two-point hitch, 1969 New Idea one-row cornpicker Model 323-one of last ones made, and 1958 McCormick wagon owned by LeRoy Van Maanen


1. L-S Class of 1958

2. Stan Harms

3. Jordan Vander Molen


1. Lynnville Saddle Club

2. Terry Nikkel family

3. Horn Family

Watch for more results and pictures for the 2013 Fourth of July. 

The city has heard talk of wanting a police officer to patrol the streets of Sully. There were plenty of responses on the community survey last year as well as plenty of word of mouth that people think this is a need. So again the city has been looking into what it would take.  
We found the city of Wayland, Iowa pays their officers a salary of $90,000 a year for 40+ hours a week. They are a community of just under 1,000 people. Even with two officers working roughly 100 hours a week; that still leaves 68 hours a week that no officer is on duty. The officers would also have to spend some time in court facing those people wishing to fight tickets. So the hours without a patrol happening are going up, or you are hiring more officers. While the officers are in court defending the tickets you will also be paying a city attorney to be assisting them.  
You also have to consider the cost of having one or two police vehicles. In 2009 the city of Topeka, Kansas paid $42,000 per Dodge Charger police car. Then you add in the fact that some type of holding cell would be needed, and that we would still be paying the county for their dispatch service and your total runs up quickly. 
So our current situation with the Sheriff's office: We currently pay $22,600 a year for them to patrol for us. This is our cost for all services, facilities, and vehicles. With a new Sheriff and team in place they are changing up the way Sully is patrolled. We have heard from the Sheriff's Office that they are not getting calls/complaints from Sully. They assume if they aren't hearing from us that things are fine. If people would call in, the Sheriff says they could start to develop patterns of when problems are happening as well as a better idea of what to look for while in town. It's hard for us to evaluate the services we have in place when they are not being utilized. 
We ask you to start calling in any problems you observe. The non-emergency number for the Jasper County office is 641-792-5912. Put it in your cell phone contacts and call when you see a problem. Depending on their location, an officer could be just minutes away!

By Margaret Vander Weerdt, Hometown Press, Sullyalt

                Janco Industries, Inc., located at 101 1st Street on the west edge of Sully, will be expanding its business on lots 12-15 of the southwest corner of the Sully Business Park after considering local options as well as those in nearby cities. The project will be completed in two phases, according to owners Joel and Deann Jansen and Susan and  Mike Jansen (shown in photo.. The first phase to be completed in 2014 will involve constructing a 50,000-square foot facility to perform manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution operations and a 9,000-square foot two-story office. The Jansens plan to begin construction this fall and will soon select a contractor for their project estimated at $2.5 million. The first phase will add five to 20 full-time employees. A completion date is undetermined for the second phase to construct an additional 30,000-square foot facility and add an estimated 30 employees. This project leaves only lot 5 available in the business park.

                A key to the expansion in Sully was the approval by the board of Sully Telephone Association at its May meeting for Janco’s Rural Economic Development Loan (REDL) for $1 million from the United States Department of Agriculture. The City of Sully’s project package for Janco was approved at its June 10 regular meeting and includes four items:

1. Economic Development Grant of $102,330 to purchase the property in the Sully Business Park; 2. TIF Rebate Agreement for 10 years for the property taxes generated from the property valuation increment for the construction of a 59,000-square foot office and manufacturing facility; 3. TIF Development Grant for added full-time employees at $1,500 each over 34 employee-basis as of Mar. 31 and new employees must be retained for two years as determined annually on June 30 for the next 10 years; and 4. The City of Sully will submit a RISE Grant with 20 percent match to pave West 2nd Avenue to the Janco property line and also upgrade 1st Avenue.

                Janco Industries is a family-owned, specialized metal fabrication company founded more than 40 years ago by Ron Jansen when he opened a truck repair and equipment shop called Star Auto Company. After doing business as Janco Industries under Star Auto Company, Janco became its own corporation in 1999. Following Ron’s retirement, his sons Joel and Mike purchased the company and currently service such diverse industries as construction, agriculture, and recreational.

alt                In August 2010, Janco purchased Handy Industries in Marshalltown. Handy is known for making high-quality motorcycle lifts, truck tailgates, and shop accessories. All the metal fabrication of Handy's products is done in the Sully-based manufacturing facility until the point where it is welded. At that point, it is shipped to the Marshalltown facility to be powder coated, assembled, and packaged.


“America – Past, Present, and Future” is the theme of the annual Fourth of July Celebration in Sully for 2013. Events will be held starting Thursday, July 4, and continue through the long weekend, with at least two Lynnville-Sully High School class reunions also scheduled.

                It takes many people to make the annual celebration happen, and many come back year after year for the traditional celebration in Sully. Everyone loves a parade and it’s not too early to plan your parade entry. No pre-registration needed for the kiddie parade. Pre-registration would be helpful for the big parade (use form below or at but is not required.

                PLEASE, NO PARKING AROUND THE SULLY SQUARE. Many Freedom Run participants and other out-of-town guests see cars parked and then they park too. If you need to unload supplies, please do so in the least amount of time possible.

                HANDICAPPED PARKING at Key Cooperative Lumber Dept.

                Kybos/Restrooms east of the post office.

The schedule of events is:

Thursday, July 4:

7 a.m.-3 p.m. Fly-In at Sully Airport, weather permitting.

7-9:30 a.m. Faithwalkers Breakfast at Sully Community Center. Menu includes pancakes, sausages, scrambled eggs, coffee, and juice.

7 a.m.-4 p.m. Photography Contest Display in Sully Community Center.

7 a.m.-1 p.m. Sully First Reformed Church Silent Quilt Auction in council room at Sully Community Center, proceeds for the church’s new addition.

7 a.m.-1 p.m. Vote for Sully's cutest baby at the display in front of the Hometown Press office on the east side of the Sully square, proceeds for central park revitalization.

8 a.m. Morning Coffee and Donuts sponsored by Sully Business Assn. and served by the Garden Thyme Club at the Deep Rock Station.

8-10 a.m. 18th Annual Fun Run, one-mile and 5K, starting and ending on the west side of the Sully square with proceeds for L-S Cross Country and Athletic Fund.

8-10 a.m. and 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sully First Reformed Church addition open house at 807 3rd St.

8:30-9:45 a.m. Registration for the Parade at Sully First Reformed Church. Kiddie Parade entries meet by the Deep Rock Station.

9-10 a.m. and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Carnival Games and Inflatables in Sully Central Park sponsored by Inspirations Childcare and Preschool of Sully.

9-10 a.m. Martial Arts Demonstration around the gazebo area featuring jiu-jitsu and taekwondo demonstrations.

9:45 a.m. Flag Raising, southwest corner of the square.

10-11 a.m. Parade through downtown Sully with Grand Marshal, cars, tractors, floats, bikes and trikes, and more. Kiddie entries of bikes, trikes, etc. will join the parade from the Deep Rock Station when parade officials give them the signal. Parade route is from Sully First Reformed Church’s south parking lot at 807 3rd St., west on 3rd Street to the northeast corner of the square, south on the east side of the square, around the south and west sides of the square, to one block north of the square, and right (east) on 2nd Street three blocks to the church’s north parking lot.

NEW 11 a.m. EWI Nickel Scramble (three age groups of kids finding as many nickels as they can in timed event in the square).

11 a.m.-1 p.m. Coffee Cup Cafe will be open to serve meals.

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free Van Kooten Barrel Train Rides.

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Meal served by Sully Lions Club in tent located in central park, tent seating available. Proceeds to benefit Sully Lions ongoing projects.

11 a.m. (immediately after the parade) Coed Sand Volleyball Tournament at Sully Ballpark, register up to six players for coed teams by July 1, call Angie Ver Ploeg, 594-3210.

Noon-dusk Softball Tournament at Sully Ballpark, contact Kevin Van Maanen, 641-780-3863 by July 2.

Noon Area Firefighters’  and Kids' (ages 5-12) Waterfights, near fire station.

1-3 p.m. Music in the Community Center, magician and more.

1 p.m. Antique Tractor Pull, north of city public works building in the business park.

7-10 p.m. Van Wijk Winery music/deck party (winery open house all day 7 a.m.-5 p.m.).

9:30 p.m. or dark Fireworks Display launched in southeast part of Sully (rain date: July 5).

Friday, July 5:

6-9 p.m. Van Wijk Winery dinner and a movie (winery open house all day 8 a.m.-6 p.m.)

Saturday, July 6:

8:15 a.m. Tractor Ride assembling on the north side of Sully square for ride to Gilman and back to Sully.

8 p.m.-midnight Van Wijk Winery music/dance (winery open house all day 7 a.m.-5 p.m.)

Sunday, July 7:

1-4 p.m. Van Wijk Winery open for those who want to kick back and relax.

5:30-6 p.m. Coffee and cookies at central park.

6 p.m. Community Worship at Sully Central Park, take lawn chairs, worship led by Pastor Brian Ochsner of Sully Christian Reformed Church (rain location: Sully Christian Reformed Church).

The annual Lynnville Days event will be held in downtown Lynnville on Saturday, June 15, 2013. The Lynnville Historical Society Taste of History usually held in the fall will be combined with the event June 15.

Several new events this year besides the addition of the historical society Taste of History will be the Heart of Worship 5K run/walk starting at 8 a.m. at the bank, a farmers' market 8 a.m.-noon at Riverside Junction, and a Bill Riley Talent Show at 3 p.m. at Lynnville Olds Setts Park sponsored by ZIP IN.

From 8-10 a.m. will be free breakfast by Chris' Cakes, sponsored and served by First State Bank of Lynnville and Sully. Lynnville businesses will have open houses with door prizes and free gifts from 8 a.m. to noon.

Vote for Lynnville's cutest baby under the bank awning from 8 a.m.-noon. The Lynnville Library will hold a storytime and craft from 9-10 a.m. The car show will be 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the bank parking lot. Following the singing of "The National Anthem" at 10 a.m., the parade will be held at 10:15 p.m. followed by kids games, bounce house, dunk tank, and petting zoo 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Diamond Trail Children's Center. 

At 1 p.m. will be the BBQ Judgiing "Come and Sample" at Old Setts.

The Lynnville Historical Society 12th Annual Taste of History theme is "A Step Back in History. The speaker, Bill Shields of Newton, will tell about "Growing Up in Jail" while his father, Earl Shields, was Jasper County Sheriff. Both are known for auctioneering expertise. Shields will speak at the FCC Building at Lynnville Friends Church at 12:30 p.m. Lynnville Friends Church Missions Committees will be serving lunch there 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Historical society demonstrations will be at or near Lynnville City Hall and will include quilting, tatting, knitting, embroidery, alce work, spinning, ropemaking, playing checkers, and rug braiding. Sorghum will be avilable. The Wagaman Mill Musem will be open for tours after the parade from 11 a.m. to noon and after the speaker from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

  • Each photographer can enter maximum of (4) photographs.
  • Photographs must be a minimum of 5” x 7” and a maximum of 11” x 14”.
  • All photographs must be mounted on foam board, matting, cardstock, or similar material.
  • All photographs must be unframed.
  • Do NOT attach any material to the back other than labels.
  • Do NOT cover photographs with cellophane, acetate, or glass.
  • The photographer’s name, age, and category should be placed on the BACK of the mounting.
  • No more than 2 photos per category.
  • The entry deadline is June 28, 2013 at 4 p.m.

All entries must be turned in to the Great Western Bank-Sully Office or The Hometown Press, and must include an Entry Form and Fee.
$3 for 1st photo and $1 for each additional photo: (Limit 4 per person)


ADULT DIVISION: Age 16 & over                      ADULT DIVISION: Age 16 & over

    COLOR                                                                                       BLACK & WHITE

  1. PEOPLE                                                                                1. PEOPLE
  2. PLACES                                                                                2. PLACES
  3. OTHER                                                                                  3. OTHER


     YOUTH DIVISION: Age 8 – 15                             COMPUTER ENHANCED

  1. PEOPLE                                                                                1. PEOPLE
  2. PLACES                                                                                2. PLACES
  3. OTHER                                                                                  3. OTHER

Photos will be displayed at the Sully Community Center on July 4th

and ribbons will be awarded for each category along with a Best of the Show plaque.


altThe Sully Garden Thyme Club will hold a Treasures Auction of repurposed items at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, 2013, at the Sully Community Center. The auction will be preceded at 6 p.m. by a light picnic meal with an ice cream sundae bar. The fundraiser event is for upgrades at the garden club's Deep Rock Station Gardens. Photos show some of the items to be auctioned. For questions and more information, call 641-891-9560.