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.



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.

The Office of Auditor of State released an audit report on May 23, 2013 on the City of Sully, Iowa.  The City's receipts totaled $923,057 for the year ended June 30, 2012 and disbursements for the year totaled $898,317.

A copy of the audit report is available for review in the City Clerk's office, in the Office of Auditor of State and on the Auditor of State's website at

The United States Postal Service has concluded their study of the services at the Sully Post Office.

It has been determined that effective June 1, 2013, the Sully Post Office will provide six hours of retail window service each weekday from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. with lunch from 10-10:30 a.m., according to a notice from Karen S. Lenane, U.S. Postal Service CSDC coordinator.

Current Saturday window service hours of 8:30-10 a.m. will remain the same and access to delivery receptacles will not change as a result of the realignment of weekday window service hours.

Customers will continue to have access to their mail receptacles 24 hours a day seven days a week.

Post office box mail will be available daily for pickup by 10 a.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday.