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With all the starters returning from last year, the 2012-13 L-S boys basketball team was an experienced force to be reckoned with this season. They racked up an impressive 20-4 overall record and claimed a share of the SICL Conference title. Its only conference losses came at the hands of Sigourney, once in January and once in February. In the post-season, the Hawks easily handled Belle Plaine and Montezuma but got behind early in the district final against Iowa Mennonite. They clawed their way back into the game and almost stole the lead from IMS, but they came up short of the victory that would have sent them to the sub-state game. 

Seniors on this year's team were Ryan Jansen, Nathan Russell, Dave Trettin, Cale Van Wyk, and Brady Van Wyk.

Members of the 2012-13 L-S varsity boys basketball team were, from left, front: Jacob Walker, Cale Van Wyk, Darin Hofer, Kyle Van Dyke, Dave Trettin, Brady Van Wyk, Nathan Russell; back: Coach Nick Harthoorn, Jake Brand, Brandon Dunsbergen, Connor Cullen, Ryan Jansen, TJ Cunningham, Ben Trettin, Coach Joel Harthoorn; and not pictured, Sage Ehresman, Tanner Briggs, Noah Engle, Baker Zegers, and Caleb James. Photo by Michael Trettin Photography

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Despite a season plagued with injuries, the Lynnville-Sully High School girls basketblal team had a successful 2012-13 season with a 15-8 record. They finished fifth in the SICL Conference with the season highlighted by a 41-38 victyory over the No. 1 team in the conference, North Mahaska, then undefeated, at the end of January. In the post-season, L-S easily defeated Ankeny Christian in the first round but couldn't overcome an early deficit in the second round against the eventual regional champs, Colo-Nesco. Since the Hawks had no seniors this season, the team is looking forward to next year and its possibilities.

Members of the 2012-13 L-S varsity girls basketball team were, from left, front: Shelby Davis, Cassie Cullen, Rachel Van Wyk, Lysandra James, Madison Rasmusson; back: Coach Jerry Hulsing, Lyndsay Terpstra, Jade Van Rees, Tierney Needham, Coach Jeff Corbett; and not pictured, Becca Vos, Haley Hood, Kasiah Ehresman, Marissa Vos, and Bayli Van Manen. Photo by Michael Trettin Photography

Area residents interested in learning more about storm spotting are invited to attend a class sponsored by the Newton Amateur Radio Association later this month. Officials from the National Weather Service from Johnston will conduct the storm spotting class set for 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at the Jasper Community Center located at 2401 1st Ave. E. in Newton (old Aldi's building).

The class is free and open to the public.  Everyone is welcome!

The parents of the Lynnville-Sully High School seniors have been busy organizing an after prom. They have held some fundraisers and have a couple more to complete before the prom on Apr. 20.

The parents' last big fundraiser will be a meal served in conjunction with the Art Show and Academic Fair from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, Mar. 18, in the middle school gym. The menu includes beefburgers, hotdogs, salads, potato chips, desserts, and drinks for a freewill donation. Everyone is welcome with all proceeds to benefit the L-S After Prom.

The parents also have a pop can drive going on and you can drop off cans in the east parking lot near the FFA greenhouse on Monday night, Mar. 18. For a few months now, the parents have been collecting donations of pop cans and bottles as a fundraiser to support the L-S After Prom. The after prom party provides the opportunity for the prom attendeees to participate in a substance-free night of entertainment.

If you have cans and bottles you wish to donate, drop them off at the home of Barry Beyer (1001 4th St., Sully), or contact a committee member to arrange collection.

Committee members are Barry and Linda Beyer, Alan and Brenda Newell, Myron Fraker, Corey and Sasha Goodyk, David and Beth Hamilton, and Kendall and Marlene Rozendaal.

            The Heart of Worship of Lynnville will be hosting the annual Community Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, Mar. 30, at 1 p.m. The event will take place at Old Settlers Grounds in Lynnville, rain or shine. There will be candy, prizes, and fun.  All kids ages 10 and under are welcome. Please call Janise Gruver at 594-3113 with any questions.

The Central Park committee(consisting of Chad Fikse, Murray Zegers, Craig Maasdam, Jon Van Wyk, Chris Copeland & Trent Alberts) continues to work on refreshing and revamping the Sully Central Park.  The committee met with the City council in December where 4 potential layout plans were presented.  The council approved the committee to continue with the planning of this project and were very supportive of the direction.  The suggestion was made to pick the top two plans and present these plans to the public for a vote.  The committee is very excited about the support received thus far and are hoping to receive good feedback from the community in the coming weeks.

If you have questions or suggestions regarding the planning of improving the functionality of Sully Central Park, please contact Trent Alberts at 641-990-8656 or by email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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The Rock and Renew Program is organized by Habitat for Humanity Mid Iowa and other area community organizations. We want to partner with you to improve your community. Rock and Renew experienced professionals and volunteers will work together with you on home and neighborhood improvements projects like:

  • Exterior home repair and maintenance
  • Landscaping maintenance
  • Accessibility
  • Weatherization
  • Other beautification activities
  • Other needs as permitted

Residents interested in participating in the Rock and Renew Program will be actively involved in the work done on their home. Participation will include prep work, working alongside volunteers and other tasks as needed and capable.

If you are ready to participate in the Rock & Renew Program or want to find out more, you can request help by completing an online form at www.rockandrenew.org or send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call Rock & Renew at (641) 792-6432.

If you request services we will be in contact with you to discuss the services requested.