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

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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.



Community input is requested on this concept sample with most suggested features shown and some of the present trees, tables, and benches shown, but not totally in proportion. The multi-purpose court and playground areas would measure 60’x60’ and the stage/shelter area would measure 24’x32’. Pease make your comments by clicking here or on the form from the Hometown Press dated June 13, 2013

The Sully Central Park Revitalization Committee members – Trent Alberts, chairman, Jon Van Wyk, Craig Maasdam, and Murray Zegers – have studied the present Sully central park and the suggestions from the Sully Community Questionnaire completed in early 2012 and the town meetings held in October and November of last year. A sample concept of the revitalization has been made. The purpose of the questionnaire was to allow Sully’s residents to express their opinions about the services, parks, facilities, and needs of the community. The questionnaire was a success because 185 (22 percent) of Sully’s residents responded. The number-one project identified by the respondents was the upgrading of Sully’s central park, “The Square.” The residents prioritized and voted for the changes they wanted to see made in “The Square” with three major upgrade areas: Replace the playground playset and extend the sidewalk all the way around the park, replace and reduce the size of the multi-purpose court, and replace the park’s gazebo with a larger stage/bandstand type structure.

The proposed plan combines those ideas and suggestions. Details for the items in the plan are now needed along with volunteer labor and funding. The committee applied for and received a $5,000 Keep Iowa Beautiful Grant designated for the move and replacement of the multi-purpose court in the northwest corner, which must be completed by June 30, 2014, according to the terms of the grant.

The total square project, to be completed in several phases over the next two to three years, has been estimated at over $150,000. The city’s 2013-2014 budget has allocated about $60,000 to the project and The Sully Foundation, PO Box 121, Sully, has been formed to accept donations for the project and other projects in Sully.

“Our central park is a great asset to our community, but the survey showed that residents want it to be an even better asset,” said Sully Mayor Gordon Yarrington. “The committee has been especially sensitive about retaining the full-grown trees and incorporating current donated items into the revitalized park design if feasible. For example, the Sully school bell will remain in the park but the gazebo and concrete multi-purpose court will be removed. The rose garden will be moved to the stage/shelter area and/or the bell/flag pole area. The multi-purpose court and gazebo are showing wear and have served the park well. The gazebo is available to the bank which originally donated it or to anyone willing to remove it.”

All work is to be scheduled without interfering with July 4 celebrations this year and next year, Yarrington noted. The proposed three phases for revitalization are:

  • Phase 1: Removal of gazebo, rose garden, and multi-purpose court and installation of a new multi-purpose concrete court by June 30, 2014;
  • Phase 2: Installation of sidewalk around the perimeter, construction of announcer stand disguising electrical panel, bell stand redesign with permanent flag pole, and construction of new handicap accessible stage/shelter; and
  • Phase 3: Complete landscaping and replace playground equipment. The playground equipment is last because it will be the most expensive and is still very usable even though it has served the community over 30 years and the wood looks worn.

A splash pool was another item identified in several surveys along with a revitalization of the Sully Ballpark. The committee has determined that a splash pool would be better suited to the Sully Ballpark revitalization instead of “The Square” due to availability of water and sewer utilities and the number of other items in “The Square.” Revitalization of the Sully Ballpark will be a future project when “The Square” is completed.

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Sully’s central park revitalization was one of 18 beautification projectskib_logo awarded a Keep Iowa Beautiful Grant for the 2013 Community Beautification Program. Keep Iowa Beautiful (KIB) has announced $80,000 in grants. This is the third year of the grant program that provides a major boost for community beautification and enhancement in communities of 5,000 and under.

The grant will be used for moving and replacing a 60'x60' multi-purpose court in the northwest corner of the Sully central park.

“In the three-year history of the Beautification Grant Program, $240,000 has been awarded to 59 communities in Iowa,” said Gerry Schnepf, Executive Director of KIB, “building stronger more vibrant and beautiful communities.”

Funding and reimbursement is available for expenses incurred only after July 1, 2013, and the project must be completed by June 30, 2014. Funding is authorized by the Iowa Legislature from the Solid Waste Alternative Program (SWAP). Sully was one of 11 of the 18 projects receiving the highest amount available, $5,000 for any one project.