Keep Iowa Beautiful and Iowa tool manufacturer Yeoman & Company have announced the awards for the Yo-Ho Tools for a More Beautiful Iowa grant program, and Lynnville and Sully both received grants.

Sully’s Hometown Pride Committee and the Garden Thyme Club will use the award in the community garden. Lynnville’s Hometown Pride Committee and the Lynnville Women's Club will use the award at Old Settlers Park, the ballpark, and ABC garden park.

This is the third year of the program for community groups and organizations to receive grants of up to $200 in Yo-Ho Quality Tools to assist volunteers in clean up and beautification projects in their communities. "Governor Branstad has signed a proclamation declaring April as Keep Iowa Beautiful Month, and we are pleased to make these Yo-Ho Tools awards to 29 community projects," said Tom Yeoman, president and CEO of Monticello-based Yeoman & Company. "Our partnership with Keep Iowa Beautiful will help improve the economic vitality and cultural climate of our Iowa communities."

"This partnership with Yo-Ho Tools shows the interest Iowa companies have in supporting KIB's efforts to build stronger communities and a cleaner more beautiful state," said Gerry Schnepf, KIB executive director.

Sully park’s stage/shelterThe Sully Park Committee has applied for a grant for completing the stone finish for the stage/shelter in Sully Central Park. But even if the grant is received, $15,000 will still be needed to complete the project. Tax deductible donations can be mailed to the 501(c)(3) organization, The Sully Foundation, PO Box 121, Sully, IA 50251 with a note designating your donation for the Sully stage/shelter. Above is an illustration of the stage/shelter with the proposed stone finish.

Movie in the ParkMark Saturday, June 11th on your calendar for a time of good family fun. The Sully Lions and Sully Development are working on plans to have a Movie In The Park event in the City of Sully's central park. A family and kid friendly movie will be shown on an inflatable screen with a 16ft x 12ft viewing area. The movie will start shortly after dusk. There will be no admission. Watch the Hometown Press for additional details of the event.

Mark Saturday, June 11th for a family night out.

Diamond Trail Golf Club TournamentsTake advantage of the May and June golfing opportunities at Diamond Trail Golf Club in Lynnville. For $20 (weekday) and $25 (weekend), you can play 18 holes of golf with a golf cart included. No other golf courses in the area are offering a deal with this kind of value.

If you're wanting to play tournament golf, Diamond Trail Golf Club has some fun events you will want to consider. (click here for tournament details) A $1000 will be awarded to the golfer making the first Hole In One on any of the holes in the tournament. The tournament entry fee is very reasonable, so grab a friend and enjoy a round of golf at the Diamond Trail Golf Club in Lynnville. Call(641) 527-2600 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Additional information about the golf club can be found at www.diamondtrailgolf.com

Sully Telephone IMPACT AwardAureon, the new name for Iowa Network Services (INS), has named Sully Telephone Association as the recipient of the 2016 Ripple Effect IMPACT Award. This award recognizes economic development leadership and investment in the community and was awarded to Sully Telephone for its assistance with a USDA pass-through loan and a DOT RISE Grant for Sully’s street improvements. These improvements were instrumental in helping facilitate Janco Industries’ expansion into the Sully Business Park in September 2015.

Janco, a company specializing in metal fabrication, has grown from a company of 15 people as recently as 2010, into a team of 51 serving industries including agriculture, construction, and recreation. Prior to its expansion into a new 75,000-square-foot building in Sully, Janco had split its operations and staff between two facilities – Handy Industries in Marshalltown and Janco Industries in a much smaller facility in Sully.

To bring together Janco’s two locations into one new facility in Sully, the infrastructure had to be in place to accommodate such a move – namely, utilities and road construction necessary to support a larger facility and increased truck traffic.

“We understood the impact the Janco expansion would have on the city of Sully,” said Jack DeAngelo, general manager of Sully Telephone Association. “We had the ability to assist in the major funding required for this project and knew that in order to retain business and attract new expansions such as Janco, we needed to make sure the infrastructure was in place to make Sully an attractive and feasible option.”

“To see everything and everyone come together was very rewarding. The whole community worked together to create this, and now the foundation has been laid for future expansion,” said Joel Jansen, owner of Janco.

“We are honored to receive the IMPACT Award,” continued DeAngelo. “Programs like Ripple Effect are important tools for rural communities to attract businesses, create jobs, and spur economic growth. To do that, we must provide all the infrastructure amenities of a metro area on a rural budget, and that takes the vision, creativity, and teamwork from the entire community.”

Friday, Mar. 25, 2016, construction began by Farrell Properties, owned by developer Robert Farrell of Newton, on a two-unit townhome on Lots 3 and 4 in Northridge Estates, directly across the street from the Lynnville-Sully High School football field in Sully. Farrell has done several single-family and multi-family housing projects within Jasper County. He is excited about doing his first project within the Sully community. RM Construction from Baxter is the contractor who will be building the units. Farrell’s plans are to sell the two units and then start construction of a second two-unit townhome. Above, crews continue work on the footings on Mar. 28 for the 1,722 square feet units with stone front, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, open floor plan, vaulted ceiling, oversized two-car garage, and built on one level with no steps. If you’re interested in finding out more information about the townhome units or about possible modifications, contact Robert (641-521-2746), Rob Meyer (641-521-2682), or Krista Clark (641-521-7442).

Keep Iowa Beautiful LogoSully Hometown Pride is a program of Keep Iowa Beautiful developed to meet the need of many communities for assistance in the implementation of community plans and visions. Keep Iowa Beautiful works to improve the appearance and pride of Iowa's communities to build stronger communities both culturally and economically. Sully’s Hometown Pride committee was formed in April 2015 with the help of Jasper County’s community coach, Jeff Davidson. Jeff works with local committee members in 7 Jasper County communities to get their ideas for projects developed, approved, funded, implemented and completed. Here are a few highlights that the Sully Hometown Pride committee has been working on -

  1. Actively involved with Iowa University student group to get a trail alignment identified and designed between Sully and Lynnville so that we can build a recreational hiking and biking trail.
  2. Yo-Ho Tools grant application submitted for $200 of gardening tools for Garden Thyme Club.
  3. Diamond Vogel Paint Iowa Beautiful grant application submitted for 14 gallons of clear sealer for Central Park bandstand stage.
  4. Prairie Meadows grant application submitted for $9,620 to finish stonework on the stage and electrical in Central Park.
  5. Working on $2,000 Build with Bags grant application for benches, picnic table and garbage can assembly for Central Park.
  6. Going to try Jasper Community Foundation for Community Building generator.
  7. Once Central Park is finished we want to do the same kind of upgrade for the Ball Field Park.