Category Archives: Feature

Extensive sanctuary remodel underway at Sully First Reformed Church

Church services for attendees of Sully First Reformed Church look a little different as the congregation meets in The Gathering Place while extensive remodeling is done in the sanctuary. The project is part of Phase 2 of a nearly $600,000 sanctuary remodel that was approved by a November congregational vote with 94% of the members in...
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Historical railroad continues to chug through small town of Searsboro

Most towns like Searsboro with populations under 200 do not have lighted railroad crossings complete with warning gate arms. As of last fall, warning lights and gates are operational twice a day at the railroad crossing at the south entrance to town. The railroad placed the warning lights, and the City of Searsboro had no...
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Two Lynnville High alumni celebrate 75th reunion

The Lynnville High School Alumni Banquet was held at the Linden House in Lynnville on Saturday night, June 22. The last two surviving members of the Class of 1944 from 75 years ago present were Albert Terpstra of Lynnville and Lois (Brush Terlouw) Vander Schel of Pella. The class motto on the class photo is...
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Where are they now? Special Agent Snodgrass gets down to business in San Diego

The self-described competitive nature of Elizabeth “Liz’’ Snodgrass has been a driving force that has taken her from foot races against childhood neighbors in small-town Sully to solving crime in San Diego where she currently works as a special agent with the FBI. Snodgrass, daughter of Denny Snodgrass of Sully and the late Nancy Snodgrass, graduated from Lynnville-Sully in...

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Local hog farmer puts pork background to use in Uganda

In June 2018, Bryce Engbers of rural Grinnell had his eyes opened to truly desperate, life-threatening poverty in Uganda, Africa. The hog producer from Iowa was deeply motivated to take action and helped brainstorm a solution to the malnutrition: Give the Ugandas the help they needed to increase production of pork, an excellent source of protein.

Community rallies around Agan family to the tune of nearly $65,000

                Hundreds of people gathered at Sully Community Church on Saturday evening, June 1, and generously opened up their wallets to show support to Alison Agan and her three young boys. The benefit was organized by family and friends following the unexpected death of the family’s husband and father, Shelby, at the age of 38 in late...

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Serving U.S.: Paul Elzey, U.S. Army Company Clerk

                Paul Elzey of Sully grew up as a typical son of a Lutheran pastor, living in many different places as his father was assigned to serve various churches in Arkansas, Missouri, Indiana, Illinois, and Iowa. Elzey graduated from high school in Roanoake, IL, the only one of the four siblings in his family who was able...

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