brent vander molen

As I sit here to type this, I am looking back at the past few months and what has happened. One word that comes to mind is "blessed."

We in our community are blessed to be able to celebrate our freedom in this great country the
way we do. Our celebration always starts the same way each year and for that I am thankful. We are blessed to have people who spend many hours getting ready for, setting up, and running the Fourth of July celebration, as well as cleaning up afterwards.

We have something that we in the community should be very proud of.

Just an update, we were hoping to have 1st Street resurfaced by now, but the county had a delay. It
is to be done yet this year the last we have heard. The city has to pay for this but we will be doing it with the
county so this should make bids come in lower than if we did this on our own.

Concerning the stage/shelter in central park, we are still needing to put stone on this and install a drinking fountain as well as a faucet. The drinking fountain and faucet have not been put on due to waiting for the stone so we can try to match it.

In conclusion of this update, I would like to thank all the people who  make this community a great
place to call home and raise our children.

Zootopia ImageThe first movie in Sully Central Park will be at dusk (approximately 9 p.m. and you can pick your spot starting at 7 p.m.) on Saturday, June 11, sponsored by Sully Lions Club, Sully Development, and City of Sully. The family- and kid-friendly movie “Zootopia” will be shown on an inflatable screen with a 16’ x 12’ viewing area. Admission will be free. Concessions will be available, including Zimm’s Kettle Corn and pop and water by the Hometown Pride Committee available for purchase on the multipurpose court. Deep Rock Ice Cream Shoppe will also remain open during the movie. Admission is free

Authored by Violet LeVoit and released in 2016, “Zootopia” is rated PG and is 108 minutes in length. Directors are Byron Howard and Rich Moore.

In a city inhabited by anthropomorphic animals who have abandoned traditional predator/prey roles in favor of civilized coexistence, uptight rabbit police officer Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) is forced to work with charismatic fox con artist Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman) to crack a major case involving the mysterious disappearance of some carnivorous citizens. But when a few of the missing critters reappear, having reverted to pre-enlightenment savagery, it exposes existing anti-carnivore prejudice among the city's herbivores that threatens to damage the fabric of their diverse metropolis. Shakira, Idris Elba, J.K. Simmons, Nate Torrence, Jenny Slate, Tommy Chong, Octavia L. Spencer, Bonnie Hunt, Alan Tudyk, Don Lake, and John DiMaggio also lend their voices.

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