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Remembering veterans we’ve lost

Sadly, the Lynnville-Sully area lost a number of veterans in the last few months of 2021. To posthumously honor their service, the Hometown Press compiled pieces of their stories, which are included on the following two pages. We may never know the full stories of their years in the United States military; however, we know...
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Gray returns from four-week hike on Pacific Crest Trail

Hiking 500 miles in a month’s time through desert, mountains, and more is an impressive task. Doing that at 72 years old is downright inspiring, and it’s exactly what rural Searsboro resident Robin Gray was doing this spring. [caption id="attachment_6926592" align="aligncenter" width="320"] Robin Gray of rural Searsboro is pictured...
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Van Zante hangs up the badge after 35 years of law enforcement

For the past 27 years, Deputy Brad Van Zante’s patrol car has sat in his yard whenever he was off duty. Now, there’s just a big open spot and a bare path where he used to park. Van Zante retired last week after 27 years of protecting and serving the people of Jasper County and 35...
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Serving U.S.: Ed Hoksbergen, U.S. Army Aidman

Photo: Ed Hoksbergen served in the U.S. Army from February 1954 through January 1956. At age 20, Edward (Ed) Hoksbergen was engaged to be married and had hopes of getting started with farming on his own. However, those plans for his life got put on hold for two years as Hoksbergen instead dedicated himself to serving...
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Growth leads to expanded hours at Sully’s Total Rehab

The need to be open more hours is a good sign for a new business in Sully. In the first three months of operating a satellite office in Sully, Total Rehab expanded its hours twice. And thanks to continued growth, those hours recently increased again. Total Rehab first began offering its physical therapy services in Sully...
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30th Anniversary: L-S 1986 State Football Champions

What does it take to build a state championship team? Dedication, diligence, hard work, faith, and support from many, many people. Just ask Emory Stewart, the coach who led Lynnville-Sully to its first and only state football title 30 years ago this week. A DREAM BEGINS [caption id="attachment_1123665" align="alignright" width="139"]Kirby Scull Read more

S&S Upholstery: Covering the area’s projects for 20 years

Back in 1996, Stacie Van Der Wilt and her sister, Sandy, paired up to form their very own business, S&S Upholstery. Today, though one of the “S’s” is no longer involved, the business is still going strong and serving the area’s upholstery needs. Stacie said the inspiration for starting the business 20 years ago was quite...
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