altAfter months of planning and changed plans due to a fire on Jan. 30, 2014, Janco Industires, Inc., including Handy Industries purchased in 2010, held an open house for the public on Sept. 25 and a private ribbon cutting on Sept. 28. Over 175 people attended the open house and refreshments on the afternoon of Sept. 25.

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad attended the ribbon cutting ceremony the afternoon of Sept. 28 in front of th newly completed building at 600 West 2nd Avenue in the business park on the west side of Sully. Also on Sept. 28, a meal was served to over 120 invited guests including Janco's vendors and employees, people from local businesses, Sully Development and Betterment Committees, Sully City Council, and as a thank you, the Sully Fire Department crew members.

altBranstad was running a little late, but was able to speak for about 10 minutes and take a short tour of the new 75,000-square foot Janco building.

Top photo, the ribbon curls in the wind as Janco Industries' co-owner Joel Jansen cuts the symbolic red tape representing the culmination of hard work and perserverance, and the completion of the new facility in the Sully Business Park, from left, Chase Jansen, Kayla Kelly, Verle Jansen, Governor Terry Branstad, Joel and his wife and co-owner Deann Jansen, Tyler Jansen, and Norma and Carroll Harthoorn. The ribbon is held by Sully Development President Teryl Ver Ploeg (left) and at right, current Sully Mayor Brent Vander Molen and former Sully Mayor Gordon Yarrington.

Bottom photo, Joel Jansen gives Iowa Governor Terry Branstad a short tour of the Janco facility.

Sully Telephone Association will be deploying its first major phase of “Fiber-to-the-Home” (FTTH) this fall to residents and businesses on 5th Street west of 7th Avenue and 1st Avenue north of 5th Street. KLK Construction will be placing the required fiber to each home and business along this route. Approximately 50-plus locations (homes and businesses) will receive a fiber connection. Sully Telephone technicians will complete the fiber connections during the winter months 2015-2016. This will be one of several major fiber technology investments Sully Telephone will be making for the community of Sully, rural and urban areas, over the next three to five years.

Separate notification to its customers and locations affected by the construction has already been mailed. Sully Telephone is excited to be able to provide the latest fiber technology to our customers for Internet and telephone service.

"We are already planning the next phase of deployment of fiber service to our customers for the summer of 2016," said Jack DeAngelo, Sully Telephone Association General Manager.

Please contact the Sully Telephone business office at 641-594-2905 if you have any questions.

The map and list for the 31 city-wide fall garage sales in Sully, Lynnville, Searsboro and Killduff are now available.

Click here for garage sale list

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Got clutter around the house?  The City of Sully is sponsoring a citywide cleanup day on Tuesday, September 29 for Sully residents which will coincide with the city’s regular weekly garbage and recycle pick up.  City residents should have all items at the curb by 6:00 am on the day of the pickup.
The following items are allowed:
White Goods such as air conditioner, dehumidifier, freezer, refrigerator, clothes dryer, clothes washer, dishwasher, kitchen range, oven/stove, microwave oven, furnace, thermostat, water heater, etc. will be accepted, but residents must have items placed at the curb and separated from other items.
General bulk items: furniture, televisions, computer equipment, lawn furniture, grills, worn out clothing, bedding, scrap lumber, carpet, house wares, toys, bicycles, etc.
All gasoline-powered equipment (must be drained of gas and oil): lawn mowers, weed eaters, tillers, snow blowers, etc.
Items not accepted: paint, toxic materials, yard waste, tree debris, slate or asbestos shingles and siding, batteries, cleaning solvents, pesticides, fertilizers, propane gas tanks, waste oil, gasoline, diesel fuel, antifreeze and tires.

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It was a perfect night for several events on Saturday, Aug. 29, including the successful third annual Sully Night Out Cruizin' the Square event. A large variety was among the 47 vehicles displayed. A 1970 Plymouth Superbird (shown at right) owned by Judson Vos received 133 kernel votes as the top vote-getter by the car show spectators. The Sully Lions Club served a sold-out meal of corndogs, hamburgers, hotdogs, funnel cakes, and strawberry smoothies. The Lions chose to donate the $3,000 proceeds to Ryan Nikkel, whose cancer has returned and treatments have prevented him from being able to work full-time. The Sully Lions also sponsored the first-ever horseshoe tournament at the new horseshoe pits on the north end of Sully Central Park with 12 participants. Dan Vande Krol of Sully won first place and $30 in the horseshoe contest. Darin Morvant placed second and receied $20. DJ Curt Dunsbergen asked Morvant's secret to placing. Morvant said, "I've never played horseshoes before, but I've played a lot of slow pitch softball so used the same throwing techniques and finished second."

Winners of the three $50 Sully Money door prizes were, from left, Dennis Korns of Brooklyn, Merlyn Elscott of Newton, and Holly Rozendaal of Lynnville.

Thank you to all who participated and attended the Sully Night Out.

At right, Joel Vos and his children Isaac, Isabelle, and Owen accepted the kernel trophy for his father, Judson Vos, of rural Sully.

The business of city government presents a unique opportunity to resolve issues, accomplish goals, and affect the future of your community.

On the Nov. 3 ballot, the City of Sully has two four-year term councilmember positions currently held by Brad Rozendaal and Chad Fikse and one two-year councilmember position currently held by Jeff Brummel, as well as the two-year position for mayor currently held by Brent Vander Molen.

Nomination papers for these positions may be picked up at either the city office or the Jasper County Auditor’s Office or downloaded from: http://sos.iowa.gov/elections/cities.html and must be returned to the Jasper County Auditor’s Office by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17.

Please note, the city office can no longer accept nomination papers – all nomination papers must be filed with the Jasper County Auditor.

SULLY, LYNNVILLE, KILLDUFF, AND SEARSBORO CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALES: Saturday, Sept. 19, 7 a.m.-noon. If you would like to participate, please deliver your ad of 50 words or less and $10 to the Hometown Press in Sully by 10 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 14, ph. 594-3200. Hometown Press handle maps and ads in neighboring publications, craigslist, Facebook, sullyia.com website, and hometownpressia.com website.