Sully's e-blast provides a great opportunity to update the community of Sully about the Jasper County Economic Development Corporation (JEDCO) and happenings around Jasper County in other communities.  First a little about JEDCO; JEDCO was formed in 1990 to provide economic development leadership and expertise to the smaller communities of Jasper County.  JEDCO had assisted its member communities in development projects involving new business locations, existing business retention and expansion, new business start-up, housing and tourism.  Chaz Allen was hired in July of 2012 as the Executive Director of this organization.

If you turn on the news you hear a lot of bad news about a slow economy and little growth.  Jasper County was hit very hard with the loss of Maytag, but, that is becoming a thing of the past.  Many of our communities are working hard to move forward and Sully is no exception. The thought, that many hands make light work is true here.  Sully, through its community questionnaire and town meetings have put forth a great set of priorities.  These will make Sully a happening place and a place for people throughout our county and our region who will want to come for a "Night Out" in Sully in an upgraded central city park.  The volunteers are going to design some fun events to strengthen and beautify Sully's existing assets.

Other exciting things happening in the county.  Colfax is now part of the State of Iowa Main Street Program and is investing $500,000 in its downtown buildings.  This will bring life back into a community that not only suffered as a result of Maytag, but, was devastated by the recent floods.  Baxter is in the process of building a new commercial building in its downtown.  This will help to attract new part-time services businesses as well as new niche retail outlets that will help continue to revitalize its downtown.  Prairie City Economic Development is working hard to obtain ground close to its borders in order to promote new growth and build taxable value for new types of commercial endeavors.  Monroe has hired a new Economic Development professional to assist defining the assets it has to promote and attract to people and businesses to its community.

As you can see no one is sitting still waiting for things to happen, Jasper County is making things happen.  Like Sully, all of Jasper County has some great concerned citizens who volunteer their time to make their communities stronger.

~ by Chaz Allen, JEDCO Executive Director


Both the Pella Christian High School boys and girls basektball teams played at the 2013 state tournament.

The girls team earned their third consecutive state tournament berth following their dominating sub-state win against Woodward-Granger, 65-36, on Feb. 18. Their opening state tournament game was a rematch of last year's state championship game when they played Western Christian of Hull on Feb. 25. Western Christian was too much for PC to handle and the Eagles fell 65-28. Tessa Howerzyl, sophomore from Sully, is shown in action at the state tourmanet. Photos by Taylor Photography

The boys team earned a trip to state with a 66-49 sub-state win over Notre Dame (Burlington) on Feb. 23 in Ottumwa.The Eagles (20-4) were seeded No. 6 in Class 2A and played Sheldon (22-3) on Mar. 5, losing 63-57. Members of the team shown with the 2013 state qualifier banner are: Sitting, left to right, Ryan Van Vark, Blake Riggen, Sebastian Baugh, Derek Van Kooten; second row, Justin Stravers, Caleb Morgan, Jared Van Wyk, Riley Stursma, Jake De Ruiter, Alex Campbell, Coach Ben Van Wyk, Coach Larry Hessing; back row, Coach Marv Van Wyk, Travis Veenstra, Justin Boot, Austin Ver Meer, Coltin Collins, Chase Riggin, and Thad Braun.



The L-S wretlers grappled hard all season and peaked at just the right time to finish off a successful season by sending two Hawks to state. Highlights throughout the regular season included claiming a home triangular Dec. 11, placing second at a home tournament Dec. 15, and taking second at the Wayne duals tournament in Janaury. At the SiCL Conference Tournament at the end of January, five Hawks showed they were at the top of the conference by finishing third or higher. A huge accomplishment for the L-S wrestlers was finishing second at sectionals just a week later which allowed the five Hawks who placed either first or secont to advance to districts and the team as a whole to qualify for the regional duals for the second time in three years. At the regional duals, the Hawks fell to No. 9 West Marshall. At districts, juniors Caden Doll (160) and


Meliek Meyer (152) placed first and second respectively to advance for the second time each to the state individual tournament. The state meet was a bittersweet event for the Hawks as Meyer (in left photo below) went 0-2 and Doll (in right photo below) went 1-1 after losing by injury forfeit in the quarterfinal round. But both will be able to take another stab at state next year during their final high school season. The Hawks will graduate five seniors: Malen Meyer, Jamison Goodyk, Austin Newell, Levi Bennington, and Shane Thompson.


Members of the 2012-13 L-S wrestling squad were from left, front: Manager Macy Lanser, Colten Roorda, Kyle Kramer, Cole Nickell; middle: Korey Exline, Jamison Goodyk, Jamie Rea,

Cooper Scandridge, Jack Hardin, Shannon Dunsbergen; back: Coach Steve Northcutt, Meliek Meyer, Levi Bennington, Noah Zylstra, Shane Thompson, Payton Scandridge, Caden Doll, Austin Newell, Malin Meyer, and Coach Steve Squires. Photos by Taylor Photography


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


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.