Lynnville-Sully High School track teams took the opportunity to shine at the state-qualifying track meet May 12 at Belle Plaine High School. The Hawks rose to the challenge to compete against track stars from the athletically loaded South Iowa Cedar League Conference and delivered several performances worthy of a state track meet appearance. The Hawks were represented by 18 athletes competing in 13 events at the Class 1A state track meet at Drake University in Des Moines May 19-21.

L-S girls state track results

400-m hurdles: Mariah Vos, 17th, 1:10.99

3,000-m run: Marissa Vos, 19th, 12:09.34

4x100: Kasiah Ehresman, Camryn Russell, Makenzy Rozendaal, Brenna Lanser, 10th, 51.95

4x200: Kasiah Ehresman, Camryn Russell, Jataya Meyer, Brenna Lanser, 11th, 1:50.02

L-S boys state track results-24th as a team

Shot put: Sage Ehresman, 7th, 49'0.5" (school record)

Discus: Noah Engle, 8th, 152'9" (school record) and Sage Ehresman, 143'05"

800-m run: Corey McCoy, 7th, 2:01.95

100-m dash: Sage Ehresman, 5th, 11.58

100-m hurdles: Ryan Hofer, 18th, 16.34

400-m hurdles: Tyson Vander Linden, 11th, 57.65

4x100: Sage Zylstra, Engle, Nate Stock, Ehresman, 8th, 45.15

Shuttle hurdle relay: Engle, Caden Dunsbergen, Hofer, Gage Vander Leest, 17th, 1:02

4x800: Canyon Kuhlmann, McCoy, Vander Linden, Carson Dunsbergen, 11th, 8:34    

Another local athlete from Pella Christian – Lizzy Van Manen, daughter of Lonnie and Amy Van Manen –competed in the Class 2A state track meet. At the district meet at Van Meter High School on May 12, Van Manen set a new school record in the discus with a 129’7” throw, good for a first-place finish and a state meet qualification. The local junior threw the discuss 25'8" for sixth-place in Class 2A at the state meet on May 20.        

Plans are in the works for the annual July 4th Celebration.  Fireworks will be Saturday, July 2 at dusk with rain date on Monday, July 4; the parade and regular activities will be on Monday, July 4.  Watch for further details and schedule of events to be posted later.

Parade Entry Form

Event Schedule


June 17 is the deadline for those desiring to honor veterans with a personalized paver at the Jasper County Freedom Rock by July 4, 2016.

In front of the Jasper County Freedom Rock in the Sully Central Park is a 12’ x 14’ area for 663 pavers to be set.

These pavers are being sold to families to place in honor of anyone that has served in the military service.  The person does not need to live in Jasper County or in Iowa.  This is a memorial for service personnel and recognition of their service to our country.  The pavers will be engraved with their name and service branch and whatever else will fit on the paver, such as years in the service and rank  

The price for a 4” x 8” paver is $75 and for an 8” x 8” paver is $125.

Click here for paver order form

The 21st annual Sully Freedom Fun Run will be held on Monday, July 4, 2016 as part of Sully's Fourth of July celebration. The one-mile run/walk will begin at 8 a.m., and the 5K run/walk will start at approximately 8:20 a.m.  A free kids' run around the square will be at 9:10 for ages eight and under.

All races will start and finish on the square in downtown Sully. Entry fees for the one mile are $10 if postmarked by June 20, $12 if postmarked by June 27, and $15 June 28 to race day. Entry fees for the 5K are $15 if postmarked by June 20, $20 if postmarked by June 27, and $25 June 28 to race day. T-shirts are only guaranteed for registrations postmarked by June 20. Registration table and packet pick-up begin at 6:45 a.m. on race day. Race-day registration closes at 7:30 a.m. The kids' run is free, but parents must sign a waiver at the registration table by 9 a.m.

Proceeds from this year's race will go toward the Lynnville-Sully cross-country and track teams.

A commemorative plaque will be given to the first three overall males and females in the 5K and to the overall male and female winners in the one-mile run. Age group medals for both male and female will also be given in the 5K. Every participant will be eligible for many door prizes. In order to get all awards out to participants, please stay around after the race for the awards ceremony.

To register, use form link below or contact Darin Arkema at 641-780-3335, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or facebook/SullyFunRun. Race entry forms are also available online at,, or online registration at

Registration form

  • Tue, May 17, 6 p.m. Diamond Trail Children's Center Preschool Graduation at Lynnville Friends Church.
  • Wed, May 18, 7 p.m. Inspirations Preschool Graduation at Sully First Reformed Church.
  • Sat, May 21, 7 p.m. Lynnville Sully Graduation at the high school; Pella Christian High School Graduation at the high school.
  • Thu, May 26, 7 p.m. Sully Christian School Eighth Grade Graduation in the school gym.

Sully's Hometown Pride Committee is among 81 statewide award winners for the 2016 allocation of paint from the Diamond Vogel Paint Company and Keep Iowa Beautiful (KIB) as part of the 2016 Paint Iowa Beautiful Program.

The program provides free paint to a wide variety of public service projects throughout Iowa. Sully's application was for painting the new shelter/stage in the Central Park. The program is administered through Keep Iowa Beautiful with the paint provided by the Diamond Vogel Paint Company.

Newton also received four of the paint awards: Center of Arts and Artists for a 12' x 24' mural, Hometown Pride Committee for arches for Christmas decorations on the courthouse, Hometown Pride Committee for welcome sign new logo, and Jasper County Historical Museum for the 1875 barn and engine house.

"Governor Branstad signed a proclamation last week designating April as Keep Iowa Beautiful month, and we are pleased to do our part by awarding paint to 81 community projects in Iowa," said Doug Vogel, vice president of trade marketing of the Iowa-based company. "The partnership with Keep Iowa Beautiful allows Diamond Vogel Paint to assist and work with the many local volunteers that help build stronger Iowa communities."

Gerald Schnepf, executive director of Keep Iowa Beautiful, added, "The Paint Iowa Beautiful Program helps us increase our assistance to neighborhoods, communities, historic projects, and other public service organizations in improving the attractiveness and beauty of our home areas. These projects definitely improve the beauty of Iowa, its countryside, and its communities."

In the 13-year partnership with KIB, Diamond Vogel has provided over 8,260 gallons of paint for 585 community projects in Iowa. Diamond Vogel is an Iowa-based, family-owned company started in 1926 by Andrew Vogel. It serves 13 states with seven manufacturing facilities and over 65 service center outlets.

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.