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Welcome The Perfect Fit for Living ...............................................................................................4

Location Close To It All, Yet Worlds Away.....................................................................................6

History “The King City”..............................................................................................................8

Business & Industry Growing to Serve ........................................................................................................10

Health Care Recognized for Excellence ..........................................................................................16

Education Encouraging a Love of Learning.................................................................................22

Mount Vernon Airport Authority Serving Jefferson County’s Skyways .........................................................................29

Worship Making a Positive Difference ......................................................................................30

Culture The Finer Things.....................................................32 .....................................................32

Recreation Come On Out and Play ........... 36

Homes Education

There’s pg.22 No Place Like Mt. Vernon .........................40


Communication and Cooperation for Community Concerns .............45

Annual Events pg. 34

Index of Advertisers Please Support the Advertisers Who Helped Make This Publication Possible ......................46


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Jefferson County Kudos Check out a few of our state, regional, and national awards: Mt. Vernon Outland Airport named 2007 Illinois Airport of the Year by Illinois Department of Aeronautics


Jefferson County Historical Village named a 2006 “Midwest Travel Treasure” by AAA

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Illinois Governor’s Hometown Award Winner, 2004 and 2005 Cedarhurst Craft Fair named a 2003 Top 100 Event in North America by American Business Association


Illinois Art Friendly Community Honorable Mention, 2005 and 2006


elcome to beautiful Mt. Vernon, Illinois. Nestled in the heart of Jefferson County in Southern Illinois, this small community offers a rich history. A wonderful place to live and raise a family, Jefferson County features affordable housing and favorable real estate taxes. With a population of 40,000, the county boasts a small-town atmosphere close to big-city amenities. Mt. Vernon is located on high ground between Casey Creek and Big Muddy River, which join south of town in Rend Lake. More than 90 acres of public park land, a leading Southern Illinois cultural institution, awardwinning health care facilities, more than 60 churches, and the nearby Rend Lake recreation area make Jefferson County a prime location. As you explore the following pages, we hope you’ll come to see why our community offers you the perfect fit for living, working, raising your family, or retiring. We know that you will enjoy reading about all that Mt. Vernon and Jefferson County have to offer. Whether you are visiting or living in our beautiful community, we hope you enjoy your time here!



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Distance to Major Cities City .........................................................Distance (Miles)

St. Louis, Mo. ...................75

Indianapolis, Ind. ...........215

Evansville, Ind. .................90

Memphis, Tenn...............230

Paducah, Ky. ....................95

Nashville, Tenn. ..............235

Champaign, Ill. ...............145

Chicago, Ill. ....................274

Bloomington, Ill. .............200

Lexington, Ky..................280

Louisville, Ky. .................200

Kansas City, Mo. ............340

Peoria, Ill. .......................210


efferson County is located in the heart of Southern Illinois at the junction of Interstates 57 and 64. Mount Vernon is the largest city in Jefferson County, with a population of more than 16,000. The area of the county is 584 square miles. One of Jefferson County’s strengths is a result of its central location in relation to national markets and the nation’s transportation system. Almost one-third of the nation’s top 50 metropolitan areas are within 500 miles of Jefferson County. The bustling intersection of Interstate Highways 57 and 64 has been an economic driver for the area. The daily traffic count on I-57/64 is about 37,000 vehicles. Three major railroads — CSX, Norfolk Southern, and Union Pacific — serve Mt. Vernon, and Jefferson County is located 45 minutes from East St. Louis, Ill., the nation’s No. 2 rail hub. Passenger services are available within 30 miles through Amtrak. A local airport complements the transportation industry. Although the Mt. Vernon Airport does not have commercial flights, its runways and facility are exceptional and can handle carrier services, private jet landing/refueling, and charter flights. St. Louis’ Lambert International Airport is about an hour and a half’s drive from Mt. Vernon, and Mid-America Airport in Mascoutah, Ill., is a short 45 minutes away. The area offers a temperate climate, with an average summer temperature of 78 degrees and an average winter temperature of 32 degrees. Jefferson County averages 38 inches of annual rainfall and 16 inches of average snowfall. In short, Jefferson County is the perfect place to live for those who desire a moderate climate, near a major metropolitan area but away from the urban hustle and bustle.


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he first settlers in what is now Jefferson County were the Andrew Moore family, who built a log cabin in the southeast part of the area in 1810. One day Andrew and his son left for Franklin County to buy some corn, and were never heard from again. Mrs. Moore moved her children to the Equality area, and the Moore cabin remained vacant until 1816, when Daniel Crenshaw moved in. Carter Wilkey, Robert Cook, and their families built log cabins nearby and became the first permanent pioneer settlers in Jefferson County. By 1818, settlers from Southern states like Kentucky and Tennessee began migrating to Jefferson


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County to get away from regions where slavery was practiced. Illinois became a state on December 3, 1818, but it was not until June 7, 1819, that Jefferson County was established. While organizing the county, the state designated 20 acres to serve as the county seat. The county and its seat were both named to honor founding fathers: the county for President Thomas Jefferson and the county seat for George Washington’s Mt. Vernon plantation. From day one, education has been a top priority in the county. James Douglas taught at Old Shiloh, one of the first schools in the county, located west of Mt. Vernon. Douglas boarded with the Zadok Casey family; while there he instructed Zadok, who later continued his education and went on to become a state representative, U.S. senator, and lieutenant governor of Illinois. In fact, education

meant so much to Zadok that Zadok Casey Middle School was built on the site of his home many years later. On February 19, 1888, a tornado roared through Mt. Vernon, killing 37 people and destroying 450 buildings. The destruction was awesome; most of the business district was left in ruins. The devastation was so great that Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross, personally came to supervise the recovery efforts. Work began immediately to rebuild Mt. Vernon; people from all over the country sent money and supplies to help. The people of the town came together and rebuilt the city to be better than ever. By the time construction was finished, Mt. Vernon was nicknamed “The King City” by newspaper editor J.V. Baugh, who was impressed with the resilience and determination of the community after the great storm.


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Location, Location, Location Jefferson County offers a prime location for area businesses. The crossroads of Interstates 57 and 64 in Mt. Vernon boasts a 37,300 average daily traffic count. Construction is under way on a new interchange and overpass for I-57/64. The project will connect Veterans Drive with Davidson Drive and then to State Route 15. The new interchange affords opportunity


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for development of more than 600 acres for retail, commercial, residential, and industrial use. Jefferson County offers an abundance of natural resources, including coal, an agricultural base to support alternative fuels, extensive water services, and the Rend Lake water source. Other infrastructure amenities include high-capacity electric transmission lines and underground natural gas transmission lines.

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Major Employers in Jefferson County EMPLOYER.................................................NUMBER ...................................... TYPE Continental Tire N.A. Inc. ................................................... 2,000 ..................................Auto and truck tires Walgreens Distribution Center ........................................... 1,600 .................................Regional distribution St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Inc.............................................930 .....................................................Hospital Crossroads Community Hospital ..........................................320 .....................................................Hospital National Railway..................................................................300 ...........................................Manufacturing Mt. Vernon Township High School........................................205 .......................................................School Mt. Vernon City Schools District 80......................................201 ................................... Elementary schools City of Mt. Vernon ................................................................178 ...............................Municipal government Anheuser Busch ..................................................................150 ................................................Distribution Mt. Vernon Neon Sign ..........................................................123 ......................................Commercial signs Physicians Filing Service ....................................................100 .............................Medical reimbursement NAPA Distribution Center ......................................................89 .................................................Distribution

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Southern Illinois’ Employment Center The Jefferson County area is home to some of the largest employers in Southern Illinois. • Continental Tire N.A. (CTNA) is the largest in the county, with 2,000 employees and an annual payroll of more than $100 million. Recently, CTNA completed a 250,000-square-foot warehouse, along with a tandem mixer project. An expansion of the truck tire department is also under way. CTNA has invested more than $170 million in technology and capital improvements. In 2007, CTNA announced the creation of Conti University in cooperation with Rend Lake College and Southern Illinois University. On-site classes assure employees the opportunity to achieve higher education degrees at no cost. • Walgreens Distribution has been in Mt. Vernon since 1990. They have had two major expansions and employ 1,600 workers. • St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital Inc. (SMGS), a regional health center, is the third-largest employer, with 930 staff members. Plans are in the works to build a new $250 million hospital, which will double their size. The Center for Comprehensive Cancer Care, built by St. Mary’s Good Samaritan and Dr. Oza, is $4 million, state-of-the-art regional center for treatment and patient support. • National Railway Equipment Company is leader in its industry, building ecofriendly locomotives that are shipped worldwide. The advanced technology utilized gives the engine twice as much horsepower on half the fuel. The company’s local workforce has grown from 40 to 300 in the last two years. • Mount Vernon Mold Works recently completed a 40,000-square-foot expansion. The employee base for business is regional and is drawn from seven counties surrounding Jefferson County. The economic strength, stability, and growth of Jefferson County have a significant impact on the Southern Illinois region. Unemployment in Jefferson County has been relatively stable over the last few years and remains in the 5 percent range. Jefferson County’s population is 40,168; it is projected to grow to 40,822 by 2012. The county boasted an 8 percent increase in population from 1990 to 2000. The City of Mt. Vernon has a population of 16,407.


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Mt. Vernon is also the retail hub of Jefferson County. Located at the crossroads of Interstates 57 and 64, it’s a natural break and convenient location. The retail and service industry has kept up with increasing traffic, enjoying rapid growth through expansions and new business. • In 2004, Fairfield Inn ($4 million) and Comfort Inn and Suites ($2.8 million) were added to the hotel/motel inventory. • Rend Lake Community College redeveloped its 100,000-square-foot outlet mall to accommodate state agencies, the Small Business Development Center, college programs, and the retail operations of Golf Pro, Kountry Crafts, Shoe Stop, and Brass Werks. • Fifth/Third Bank built a new facility in 2004, and First State Bank of Dix and Banterra Bank completed new facilities in 2005. • Recent years have seen several new dining options come to Mt. Vernon, including Willy’s, 9th Street Grill, Panini Grill, and Quizno’s. • There’s a new Kroger Fuel Center at 4225 Broadway Street. A Pilot Auto/ Truck Plaza is a new addition on State Route 15. Boroviaks, a regional grocer, has completed construction of an IGA gas station next to its facility on South 10th Street. • Byrd Watson Drug Store, family owned and operated in the downtown area for several years, has built a new facility at 12th and Main. Its initial location in downtown on 9th Street is being renovated and expanded for the Dish on the Square, a gift and home décor store. • The Rex, a meeting/conference/reception facility located at 824 Main Street, has been completed. • Goodwill Industries opened a new facility on South 42nd Street in 2006. Sherwin Williams has completed a move to a new 10,000-square-foot facility at 4805 Broadway, and Tractor Supply Company built a new store ($1.2 million) on the west side of Mt. Vernon. • Other national brands represented include Wal-Mart Supercenter, Lowe’s, Staples, JCPenney, Sears, Peebles, Goody’s, Bath & Body Works, Shoe Sensation, GNC, Kmart, Payless Shoes, Cato, Glik’s, Maurices, Claire’s, Hibbett Sports, Dollar Store, Deals for Le$$, Auto Zone, Walgreens, CVS, Underground Attitude, and O’Reilly’s.

Jefferson County also has several industrial and community projects in process or recently completed: • A 60,000-square-foot spec building for Normandy Investments LLC is being constructed at the Rowland W. Lewis Industrial Park on Shiloh Road. • Power Holdings, a $1 billion project, is moving forward with a synthetic natural gas gasification plant in Jefferson County. The construction is expected to create 1,200 construction jobs over three years and 600 full-time jobs in mining and administration when the project is complete. • An $8 million, 23,000-square-foot expansion for Cedarhurst Center for the Arts will connect to the present museum building. • The new Heritage Woods of Mount Vernon, at 1033 South 42nd Street, offers 66 affordable assisted living units. • Westmont has added 10 two- and three-bedroom units to its facility. • The Doe Run Housing Development is an age-restricted market rate ­condominium project in the northeast part of Mount Vernon. This redevelopment project has the potential for 200 units at completion and will be built in stages. The plans include a walking path, golf greens, a lake, and other amenities. • Bristol Court Condominiums were also completed in 2005.

The Jefferson County Development Corporation (JCDC) leads, coordinates, develops, and implements strategies to enhance economic development through business retention, expansion, and attraction. The JCDC creates a climate for economic growth and enhanced quality of life. Services provided include demographic and workforce information, maps, tax information, research, and assistance in site selection. The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Rend Lake College, a member of the Illinois Entrepreneurship Network (IEN),  was developed in 1983 through a partnership involving the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunities, and Rend Lake College as a service to Illinois small businesses. Its mission is to assist small businesses in startups, expansions, and purchases, while providing customized training programs, consultations, and economic development assistance to larger industries. Anyone thinking about starting a small business or purchasing/expanding an existing one is encouraged to seek out the assistance provided by the center. The counselors are all SBA Certified Business Specialists, and many have experience in business ownership. Many area lenders refer clients to the SBDC for assistance in developing a business plan and loan packaging. Available services include no-cost counseling, business plan development, general business

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Business & Industry counseling, government procurement referrals, and workshop and training opportunities In fiscal year 2007, a total of 10,148 clients received one-on-one business counseling through the network. The local SBDC serves more than 200 clients in the Rend Lake College district. There are currently 44 Small Business Development Centers in Illinois, with seven in Southern Illinois.

Downtown Redesign Downtown Mt. Vernon is undergoing a makeover that’s adding aesthetic appeal to this busy center of commerce. Home to a variety of retail and service — including art studios, banks, salons, churches, clothing stores, specialty shops, restaurants, jewelers, pharmacies, fitness centers, real estate agencies, and more — downtown has always been a healthy heart for the city’s economy. Now it’s enjoying a revitalization that’s restoring and enhancing the beauty of the district’s historic buildings. Summer 2008 will see changes downtown, as the Downtown Mt. Vernon Development Corporation (DMDC) moves forward with plans to make over several blocks of Main Street. Partially funded by a $500,000 federal grant, the overhaul will include new streetlights, benches, flower beds, and sidewalks. These changes will enhance the appeal of shopping and strolling downtown. The DMDC is applying for an additional grant to improve Broadway and the Courthouse Square as well. There’s more to redevelopment than cosmetics, though. Illinois Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn awarded the DMDC a $20,000 grant to create a wireless Internet network for the downtown business district. The state has recognized the city’s efforts to revitalize and restore the downtown area. Mt. Vernon was officially inducted into the Illinois Main Street Program in 2006. With empty buildings and spaces for sale and rent, now’s a great time to join the burgeoning downtown district. Contact Cyndy Mitchell, director of the DMDC, at 618-242-6866 for more information about the exciting changes happening in the heart of historic Mt. Vernon.

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St. Mary’s Good Samaritan is a unique health care organization serving nearly 300,000 people in a nine-county region. It is one of the largest health care organizations in Southern Illinois, consisting of two regional hospitals — one located right here in Mt. Vernon — more than 120 physicians, six Family Health Centers, and numerous specialty programs. St. Mary’s Good Samaritan is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and has been recognized by the Lincoln Foundation for Business Excellence. Through the organization’s growing resources, the people of Southern Illinois have access to state-of-the-art health care and specialty services without having to travel far from home.

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St. Mary’s Good Samaritan is an area visit or leader in cardiology. call 888-257-6098. Working in collaboration with experienced cardiac specialists, and with a partnership with Washington University in St. Louis, the Heart Center offers open-heart surgery, angioplasty, diagnostic catheterizations, and cardiac rehabilitation. St. Mary’s Good Samaritan also partners with physician-specialists to provide the state-of-the-art care in orthopaedics, cancer care, and neurosciences. The Orthopaedic Center of Southern Illinois, the Center for Comprehensive Cancer Care, and the Sleep and Neurology Center of Southern Illinois are joint ventures with St. Mary’s Good Samaritan, providing quality care close to home. The organization’s cancer program, which is recognized by the American College of Surgeons, includes patient-focused treatment facilities equipped with the most advanced radiation technology. St. Mary’s Good Samaritan also offers a full range of outpatient surgery procedures, birthing suites equipped to handle each phase of the delivery process, home health and hospice services covering 18 counties, and one of the largest behavioral health programs in Illinois — and the only behavioral health program to include a partial hospitalization program. To meet the needs of local industry, St. Mary’s Good Samaritan offers a Work Safety Institute to help companies reduce costs, prevent work-related accidents, and rehabilitate injured workers. The accredited program offers an array of services, individualized to meet each company’s unique needs. The Mt. Vernon Campus has a proud history in the community, standing as a symbol of the long history of mission-driven care provided within its walls. The commitment to quality care has never

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wavered, but the facility has grown ever older, and services have outgrown its capacity. In 2008, St. Mary’s Good Samaritan will break ground for a replacement facility, located directly adjacent to a new interchange/overpass near the intersection of Interstates 57 and 64. The new facility will include all-private rooms, a much-expanded Emergency Department, and increased capacity for surgery and diagnostic imaging. With nearly 2,000 employees, physicians, and volunteers, St. Mary’s Good Samaritan plays a significant role in the community, offering numerous screenings, health fairs, support groups, and educational seminars throughout the year. True to its mission, the organization strives to provide quality health care services with compassion, while continuing to evolve to meet the growing health care needs of Southern Illinois. Orthopaedic Center of Southern Illinois For more than 30 years, the Orthopaedic Center of Southern Illinois has provided orthopaedic service to Southern Illinois and the Midwest. Gaining both national and international recognition in the field of arthroscopy, the center has drawn patients and physicians from all over the world. Through its connection with the Orthopaedic Research Foundation of Southern Illinois — one of only two teaching centers accredited by the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery, and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine in Illinois — the Orthopaedic Center of Southern Illinois is committed to the advancement of musculoskeletal care. The Orthopaedic Center offers state-of-the-art technology, including on-site MRI, X-ray, pain management, minor procedures, and physical therapy/occupational therapy. Orthopaedic Center of Southern Illinois is located at the intersection of 42nd Street and Veteran’s Memorial Drive. In addition to the campus in Mt. Vernon, the Orthopaedic Center has an office in Centralia, Ill. Satellite clinics are located in Salem and Nashville, Ill.



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Crossroads Community Hospital has been a viable contributor to the betterment of the community and the people who live in it for more than a quarter of a century. A family-oriented facility, Crossroads has numerous employees who have worked there for more than 25 years. They strive every day to help patients, visitors, and the members of their community resource programs, Senior Circle and Healthy Woman, feel as though they are part of the hospital family. The growth and continual expansion speaks for itself. Crossroads Community Hospital will always be â&#x20AC;&#x153;Caring people caring for people.â&#x20AC;? Hospital administration is constantly assessing and exploring the needs of their physicians and the community. This led the hospital to break ground in February 2007 for a much-anticipated expansion of the Intensive Care Unit. The five-bed ICU became a beautiful new wing offering seven top-notch beds, with the capability of adding an additional two beds as growth warrants. The original $2.2 million project increased to $2.5 million due to additional equipment being added to the unit. Crossroads continues the philosophy of caring and patient-focused treatment with the announcement of a $3.5 million expansion and upgrade to the surgery department. The upgrade will include a new surgery suite, new equipment and instruments, a shell for future expansion, and more. Construction is slated to start in 2008 and should be done by the end of 2008 or early 2009. This will enable more surgeons to conduct surgery at the same time and will be more convenient for patients when they are scheduling surgeries.


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Crossroads also boasts a Bone & Joint Wing that takes patients on a cruise-themed recovery excursion with private rooms and a superb rapid recovery program. Crossroads Community Hospital is a 55-bed acute-care facility. They are Joint Commission-Accredited and meet the highest standards of medical care service, technology, and personnel. With more than 115 physicians on staff, Crossroads Community Hospital offers a wide variety of physician specialties, including anesthesiology; internal medicine; family practice; ear, nose, and throat; general surgery; gastroenterology; emergency medicine; gynecology; urology; orthopedics; neurology; oncology; ophthalmology; podiatry; cardiology; pediatrics; geriatrics; womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health; and more.

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Mount Vernon City Schools, District 80, has a mission to challenge all students to seek a brighter future. Its vision statement is: “Always seeking, always learning.” The district consists of four attendance centers in which students are grouped by grade, allowing maximum use of staff talent. The majority of teachers hold advanced degrees in various areas of education, with 100 percent of the teaching staff being highly qualified, according to NCLB standards. Students’ accomplishments reflect their advanced preparation as they progress from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. A host of support services are provided for students and their families, ranging from speech and


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physical therapy to enrichment opportunities. A registered nurse and counselor are on staff at each building. The nutritionally balanced breakfast and lunch program has a high participation rate across the district. Most of the classrooms feature state-of-the-art technology, with that number steadily increasing. Benjamin Franklin Early Childhood Center: A Great Start for a Bright Future The Head Start, pre-kindergarten, and First Step (birth to age 3) programs at Benjamin Franklin Early Childhood Center serve approximately 350 preschoolers, offering fulland half-day classes. The caring staff provides a developmentally appropriate curriculum for



Education the youngsters, as well as services for their families. Staff is trained not only in early childhood education, but also in child development, infant and child CPR, and first aid. Vision, hearing, and developmental screenings are conducted routinely, with referrals made to appropriate health care providers as needed. Busing is provided without charge. Through collaborative grants, two satellite sites serve children at the Southtown Youth Center and St. Mary School. Mount Vernon City Schools Primary Center: An Illinois Spotlight School Approximately 700 students are housed in the kindergarten through third grade center. The Illinois Learning Standardsbased curriculum provides opportunities for every child to experience enrichment and success. Exploratory classes in physical education, art, music, and technology enhance the core curriculum. The Primary Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program stresses and reinforces positive behavior.

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realize their potential and achieve success based on individual abilities. Enrichment opportunities include a comprehensive music program, a well-equipped library and technology lab, and fine arts instruction complemented by Mitchell Museum programming. The PBIS program promotes positive behavior choices and responds to classroom and school discipline concerns. Zadok Casey Middle School: An Illinois Academic Improvement Award Winner At Zadok Casey Middle School, each sixth, seventh, and eighth grader is assigned to the Maroon or Gold team to assure a sense of belonging. Daily Casey Advisory Period (CAP) classes allow students and teachers to talk about subjects that are of concern to middle-school-age children. Students are introduced to exploratory subjects such as art, music, life skills, applied technology, Spanish, and career exploration. Extracurricular activities include art club, band, beta club, basketball, baseball, cheerleading, chess club, chorus, cross country, dance team, drill team, the Minority Teachers Education Association, orchestra, Scholar Bowl, softball, student council, and track. Involvement in the community is stressed as students participate in service learning projects. To prepare for their future, students are involved in managing their nutri-

Education St. Mary School strives to develop a deep sense of faith, love, and service as the basis for a quality education.

tion, personal care, and exercise programs, equipping them to be happy and fit adults. An on-campus, full-service fitness center supports these goals. The Casey Connection parent group keeps parents and guardians informed about school issues and involved with their students by meeting throughout the school year. Mount Vernon Township High School: Creating Opportunities to Excel Mount Vernon Township High School is a comprehensive high school that provides strong college-preparation coursework for all majors. The school offers an extensive academic curriculum and a wide variety of activities in music, sports, and theater for its 1,500 students. Approximately 10 percent of students are minorities, and the district has participated in various exchange programs through the years, enrolling students from many different countries. Independent study programs are in place for students who need special instruction not normally offered in the regular curriculum. The high school also works closely with Rend Lake College to offer special programs such as English as a Second Language and advanced-placement programs.

Other unique features of Mount Vernon Township High School are the vocational and technical classes offered. Students, including some from neighboring districts, are enrolled in such programs as agriculture, business, health, consumer sciences, family sciences, and industrial technology. Industry-specific training is also available for those interested in particular businesses and industries. The Computer-Assisted Drafting Laboratory was installed in 1998 and provides 25 learning stations for students. Three business-education labs with a total of 80 workstations have been upgraded with new computers. In addition to traditional activities such as French Club and Future Farmers of America, students may choose from a variety of professional clubs, such as Health Occupation Students of America and JAVA, the student art and literary magazine. They can also use their skills in symphonic or jazz band. Mount Vernon Township High School even offers a state and national award-winning Mock Trial Team, as well as an active Youth & Government organization. The school also has a strong athletic history, with many state appearances in most sports for boys and girls.

St. Mary School St. Mary School serves more than 140 students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The school strives to develop a deep sense of faith, love, and service as the basis for a quality education. Teachers are committed to the moral, educational, and social development of the child and to the creation of a desire for life-long learning. As a ministry of St. Mary Parish, St. Mary School is dedicated to developing Christian values reflecting the Catholic faith. The faculty, staff, and parents work together to create a loving, nurturing Catholic family atmosphere. Within this environment, the community of God is served through the children entrusted to St. Mary School. St. Mary School welcomes children from St. Mary Parish, other Catholic parishes, and families of all faiths who desire such an education for their children.

Mount Vernon Christian School Mount Vernon Christian School serves 50 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. It offers experienced teachers and an excellent curriculum in an exceptional Christian environment. The school has more than 30 years of experience providing pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, elementary, junior high, and high school instruction.


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Rend Lake College (RLC) boasts more than 40 years of excellence in education through continuous growth and innovation in program offerings and facilities. This public, two-year, comprehensive community college is centrally located in a six-county region with 13 high school districts. The college is located on the eastern shore of Rend Lake, the second-largest man-made lake in the state. Convenient access is provided by Interstate 57 and State Route 37. A variety of degree programs is available at RLC, including 29 Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degrees, 29 Associate of Applied Science degrees, and 48 certificate options. Some of the newer programs are unique to RLC among Southern Illinois community colleges. These include the Paul Mitchell Partner School cosmetology program, wireless communications technology, mining technology, computer networking specialist, Webmaster, horticulture, culinary arts, and therapeutic massage. The campus is equipped with 27 state-of-the-art “smart” classrooms, technology-enhanced learning environments that provide instructors with the ability to project video images from DVD


and computer sources onto a large screen via a video/data projector. Hardware associated with the smart classrooms includes built-in computers with network and Internet access, video imaging, and video/ data projectors. RLC has been one of the premier community colleges in Illinois throughout most of its history, but never more so than in the last few years. In September 2001, RLC purchased a bankrupt factory outlet mall on the outskirts of Mount Vernon. Today, the Rend Lake College MarketPlace is a thriving, one-of-a-kind facility attracting statewide attention. The facility is the home of a unique blend of college classrooms, a computer lab, and an adult education program. Also housed here are the Paul Mitchell Partner School Cosmetology program, the Therapeutic Massage program, and the Certified Nurse Assistant Training Center. The RLC MarketPlace also features the collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Small Business Development Center, the RLC MarketPlace Pre-K Center, the regional â&#x20AC;&#x153;Project CHILDâ&#x20AC;? child care resource and referral program, the college-owned and operated RLC Golf Outlet and RLC Coffee Shop, several eclectic retail enterprises, and the state-mandated




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certified nurse assistant, and therapeutic massage — can be completed in their entirety at the RLC MarketPlace. In addition to courses relating to these programs, degree-seeking students also can take several of their core classes at the MarketPlace. These include, but are not limited to, business, communications (speech), computer science, English, mathematics, music, political science, and psychology. Also, several one- and two-day


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computer workshops, covering topics such as QuickBooks®, Microsoft Word®, Excel®, PowerPoint®, Adobe InDesign® and Photoshop®, Internet and e-mail basics, Windows®, and Web page design, are offered each semester. Professional development courses, such as real estate classes and culinary arts food sanitation refreshers, also are offered at the MarketPlace. RLC reached out to the residents on the borders of its district when it opened the $1 million RLC Murphy-Wall Pinckneyville Campus. This educational and training center, in the southeastern corner of the district, gives Perry County residents the luxury of getting a year or more of classes as full-time students without ever having to leave their home county. Opening its doors in 2002 was The Hitting Zone, an indoor baseball/softball training academy that allows college coaching staff to provide year-round instruction for area youths ages 9 and above. In 2007, this facility was expanded to include the Sports Center, which includes practice facilities for volleyball and tennis that are also open for public use. Growth for RLC continued with the opening of the new Applied Science Center in 2005, which is now home to the heavy equipment technology and agricultural mechanics programs, among others.

Even more expansion is in the works now, thanks to two major grants. The U.S. Department of Labor gave the college $1.6 million to boost its mining technology program, which was implemented with the expected resurgence of the coal mining industry in Southern Illinois. The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity contributed as well, with a grant of more than $1 million for the construction of a mine training facility on campus. And that growth is showing. Rend Lake College has experienced record enrollment in recent years.

C.E. Brehm Memorial Public Library C.E. Brehm Memorial Public Library has served the community since 1899. In 2003, the library was annexed in order to serve the 12 previously unserved townships in Jefferson County. It now serves a population of 39,013 in 15 townships. More than 71,000 items, including a special genealogy collection, are available to patrons. The library is governed by an elected board and is open 64 hours per week. In addition to the genealogy area, library staff members are available in circulation, reference, and junior departments.

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Airportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fixed Base Operator, SRT Aviation Inc. Full-service ground support equipment, combined with knowledgeable line service personnel, lead to a true â&#x20AC;&#x153;quick turnâ&#x20AC;? for nearly any size aircraft. In addition to serving as MVNâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s service provider, SRT Aviation also offers flight instruction. Eric Evans Aviation located to MVN in 2008 and sells and brokers all types of aircraft, from piston engine singles to twin engine business jets. Each year KR Experimental Aircraft enthusiasts, builders, and pilots travel to the September KR Gathering at MVN. They exchange ideas, learn more about the KR, talk to pilots and other builders, take pictures to assist in the building process, and see friends from past gatherings. The KR Fly-In is an exciting event for the Mount Vernon community.

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he worship options for citizens of Jefferson County are as varied as the people who compose the community. More than 90 churches offer a variety of worship opportunities, and families can choose from denominations including Apostolic, Assembly of God, Baptist, Catholic, Church of Christ, Church of God, Church of the Nazarene, Latter-Day Saints, Methodist, Jehovah’s Witness, Lutheran, Presbyterian, and more. The Jefferson County Ministerial Association coordinates churches’ efforts to meet the collective needs of the community. Each Christmas brings the annual Christmas in the Park lighting event and the collection of food baskets for needy families. Support is provided to local hospitals through on-


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call chaplains. Churches also work together on community services, such as the National Day of Prayer and the communitywide Baccalaureate Service for graduating high school seniors. The strong foundation of faith in Jefferson County offers a variety of opportunities to foster one’s spirituality and relationship with God. The many congregations work together to make a positive difference in the community.


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o need to travel to a big city to experience art and culture. The Jefferson County region offers many community arts and cultural events for both education and enjoyment. The arts have always played a major role in defining Jefferson County. From the photography of James Hitchcock in the 1870s, to the Mitchell Foundation and Art in the City, the arts are center stage in this Southern Illinois community.

Cedarhurst Center for the Arts The largest and most visible venue for the arts in Jefferson County is Cedarhurst.


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The Mitchell Foundation, established by the late John R. and Eleanor R. Mitchell, created and maintains Mitchell Museum at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts. Area residents and visitors to the area have enjoyed Mitchell Museum and the many programs and exhibits offered at Cedarhurst for more than 35 years. Cedarhurst Center for the Arts has expanded its facilities by adding 20,000 square feet to the Mitchell Museum. November 2008 marks the grand opening of the new 4,200-square-foot Performance

Hall, Permanent Collection Gallery, Family Center, and Grand Corridor Gallery, as well as the renovated Main Gallery, Museum Gift Shop, and the Creative Art Center. One of the most well-known events at Cedarhurst is the annual Cedarhurst Craft Fair, which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. The two-day juried craft fair is an outdoor event held on the grounds at Cedarhurst the weekend after Labor Day. Each year more than 13,000 visitors flood the county for


The arts have always played a major role in defining Jefferson County. the entertainment, food, and beautiful handmade art during Craft Fair weekend. Throughout the year, Cedarhurst offers art exhibitions at the Mitchell Museum, a Sculpture Park and Art Center on the 90-acre campus, as well as an outstanding Performing Arts program. Visitors to Cedarhurst have the opportunity for a variety of art experiences unparalleled in Southern Illinois. The Mitchell Museum hosts an exquisite permanent collection of paintings

and sculptures, as well as world-class exhibits from well-known artists. The new Family Center (fall 2008) boasts many exciting and educational areas to encourage parents and children to explore the arts. Many hands-on and interactive areas help visitors, young and old, to discover the many facets in the world of art. The Cedarhurst Sculpture Park, home to both the famous chrome horse Kimball and Gorilla by sculptor John Kearney, is one of the top 15 足contemporary 足sculpture

collections in the United States. The park houses more than 45 contemporary works by national and regional artists, including Alexander Lieberman, Fletcher Benton, Chakaia Booker, Martha Enzmann, and Thomas Sternal. Cedarhurst Performing Arts programming offers a variety of music and theater productions to satisfy the artistic appetite. Indoor as well as outdoor concerts are often on the calendar in addition to the nationally recognized six-concert Chamber Music season, which performs



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in the new Cedarhurst Performance Hall (fall 2008). Many art classes, programs, and workshops are offered at the Creative Art Center on the campus at Cedarhurst. Classes ranging from painting, woodcarving, ceramics, basket weaving, stained glass creation, and fiber weaving are offered throughout the year. Art classes designed specifically for children are also offered at the Creative Art Center. Class schedules are posted on the Web site at

Nature trails throughout the 90-acre Cedarhurst estate offer a fascinating experience to all who visit. Walk the Sculpture Park trail, stroll the paths through the woods, enjoy the serenity of the lake, view the exhibits, or simply sit and relax at Cedarhurst. The grounds and exhibits are open Tuesday through Sunday for your enjoyment.

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Annual Events JUNE King City Music Festival • Two days of non-stop musical entertainment • Food booths and kids’ area • State Sanctioned Kansas City Barbeque Competition King City BBQ Showdown, which attracts barbecue enthusiasts from all over the Midwest


Midwest Herb & Garden Show • Lectures and demonstrations, including herb and flower gardening, birdwatching • Booths selling fresh herbs; dried arrangements; books; bulbs and seeds; bird houses, feeders, and baths; antiques; china; spices; trellises; gourds; orchids; fudge


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walk through a pioneer village of authentic log cabins featuring an 1820 calaboose (jail), the Mount Olive Church (circa 1873), a one-room school (1919), and log cabin homes. Established by the Jefferson County Historical Society, the village preserves historical buildings and thousands of items of memorabilia from Mt. Vernon and Jefferson County. A visual reminder of the roots of the county and the development of Southern Illinois, the village is an invaluable educational and cultural service. The fully equipped school building is enjoyed by hundreds of local students every year, who get to experience a full day of lessons as their great-great-great grandparents might have done. Open weekends May through October, admission is free. The village is located at 1411 N. 27th Street.

GenKota Winery GenKota Winery is a beautifully designed winery set on a hill overlooking 2 acres of vineyards. The rustic wood building, constructed by Amish craftsmen, features a wraparound, covered deck that encourages sitting and sipping. GenKota offers special vintages, featuring reds, whites, and blushes in a wide

AUGUST Sweet Corn and Watermelon Festival • Festival kicks off with downtown car show/ Mt. Vernon Cruise Night • Mt. Vernon mile run features 12 different age categories competing for trophies and medals • Parade extending two miles through downtown Mt. Vernon • Free watermelon and fresh-cooked sweet corn • Named “Midwest Travel Treasure” by AAA’s Midwest Traveler magazine

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SEPTEMBER Cedarhurst Craft Fair • 160 artisans display and sell their wares, including jewelry, contemporary furniture, quilts, pottery, wood pieces, glass, and ceramics. • Kids’ area featuring rides, face painting • Food and entertainment, including live music all day


Little Egypt Fly-In and Veterans Reunion • War birds and other unique aircraft on display at Mt. Vernon Airport • Many field activities throughout the day for the entire family

Illinois Wine & Art Festival at Rend Lake • Features tasting of Illinois wine, presentations by Illinois artists, and entertainment by local musicians • Specialty foods available to complement the wines

Culture variety of delicious blends from sweet and semi-sweet to dry. GenKota’s wines have garnered both state and national awards for excellence. An extensive gift shop on site features wines, accessories, and gourmet foods. Personalized specialty gift baskets can be created on request. Located at 301 N. 44th Street, the winery is a favorite with visitors and locals.

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The Appellate Courthouse, listed on the National Register for Historic Buildings, is the centerpiece of downtown Mount Vernon, a district that offers a quick history lesson on Mount Vernon’s past. The Courthouse, an 1850s Greek Revival masterpiece, features walnut benches and judges’ chairs, along with other period furnishings, as well as twin wrought-iron staircases on the front of the building. Abraham Lincoln argued cases here as a lawyer. The Appellate Courthouse was selected by the Advisory Committee of the Historic American Building Survey as possessing exceptional historic and architectural interest; a record of its appearance and condition has been made and deposited for permanent reference in the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. A new publication that features downtown landmarks and a walking tour of the downtown area is available from the Mount Vernon Convention and Visitors Bureau at 200 Potomac Blvd. Entertainment at the revitalized Granada Center for the Arts, browsing the district’s unique shops, and enjoying local cuisine rounds out the downtown experience.

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or outdoor fun and exercise, look no further than the offerings in our own backyard. Jefferson County offers an abundance of recreational activities for folks of all ages.

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â&#x20AC;˘ Veterans Park, located on South 27th Street, features a memorial to veterans from all United States conflicts at the park entrance. Park amenities include an outdoor pool, island gazebo, basketball courts, lighted tennis courts, playgrounds, horseshoe and washer pits, walking paths, and picnic facilities. In addition, the community building is available to rent for events and meetings. â&#x20AC;˘ The newest of Mount Vernonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parks is Lincoln Park, located on Veterans Memorial Drive. Lincoln Park is a 40-acre soccer complex and baseball facility. The YMCA, Jefferson County Sports Authority, and Parks and Recreation programs use the facilities for their programs.

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Recreation The 19,000-acre Rend Lake is perfect for all kinds of recreational water activities.

Mount Vernon Raceway Mount Vernon Raceway features exciting Saturday night dirt-track racing action April through October, with regular races and special events throughout the season. Racers run UMP late model modified, street stock, and 4-cyclinders, plus C.A.R.S. late models, at one of the best tracks in Southern Illinois. More information and a full schedule can be found at The racetrack is located on Wells Bypass Road.

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amilies who are looking for small-town charm, affordable housing, and safe neighborhoods need look no further than Jefferson County. An average 200 to 250 homes are on the Jefferson County market at any given time, and the average selling price is in the low $90,000s. Local real estate agent Cindy Bevis says Jefferson County is simply unique. “We are at the crossroads of Interstates 57 and 64, and our residents can enjoy the rural lifestyle and still be in St. Louis or Evansville with a short drive,” she explains. “There is a large variety of hunting, fishing, golfing, boating, and more for the outdoor


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enthusiast. We have an extraordinary museum in Cedarhurst and a beautiful library downtown. Our downtown is being revitalized, with more businesses moving in and several buildings being renovated.” Real estate agent Tom Cox agrees. “I have lived in Mt. Vernon and Jefferson County for 58 years, so I am a little prejudiced,” he confesses. “I feel that our location, with easy access to St. Louis and all of the attractions and sports teams, is a major advantage. We have the luxury of easy rural living with quick access to the city life. We do not have to fight city

traffic, and you can be almost anywhere in 15 minutes.” For those who wish to live in town, Mt. Vernon offers established subdivisions with existing homes ranging from $50,000 to $450,000. Many people prefer the rural lifestyle, and the county offers several areas to accommodate the family. A wide selection of condominiums and older historic homes rounds out the real estate offerings in the community. Quality schools and a safe environment add to the many reasons to make the area your home. Any of the real estate offices located in Jefferson County can help you

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How do I know if Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m ready to buy a home? You can find out by asking yourself some questions: â&#x20AC;˘ Do I have a steady source of income? â&#x20AC;˘ Have I been employed on a regular basis for the last 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;3 years? â&#x20AC;˘ Is my current income reliable? â&#x20AC;˘ Do I have a good record of paying my bills? â&#x20AC;˘ Do I have few outstanding long-term debts, like car payments? â&#x20AC;˘ Do I have money saved for a down payment? â&#x20AC;˘ Do I have the ability to pay a mortgage every month, plus additional costs? If you can answer â&#x20AC;&#x153;yesâ&#x20AC;? to these questions, you are probably ready to buy your own home. How do I begin the process of buying a home? Start by thinking about your situation. Are you ready to buy a home? How much can you afford in a monthly mortgage payment? How much space do you need? What areas of Jefferson County do you like? After you answer these questions, make a â&#x20AC;&#x153;To Doâ&#x20AC;? list and start doing casual research. Talk to friends and family, drive through neighborhoods, and look in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Homesâ&#x20AC;? section of the newspaper. Additionally, you may want to consider preapplying for a loan. Doing so will allow you to know how much home you can afford before you begin searching; it can also give you negotiating power once youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve selected a home, as the buyer will know that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re already approved for a loan. However, the rates and amounts of preapproval loans are usually only good for a fixed period of time; if your home search exceeds this period, you will have to re-apply for the loan. How does purchasing a home compare with renting? The two donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really compare at all. The one advantage of renting is being generally free

of most maintenance responsibilities. But by renting, you lose the chance to build equity, take advantage of tax benefits and protect yourself against rent increases. Also, you may not be free to decorate without permission and may be at the mercy of the landlord for housing. Owning a home has many benefits. When you make a mortgage payment, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re building equity. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an investment. Owning a home also qualifies you for tax breaks that assist you in dealing with your new financial responsibilities â&#x20AC;&#x201D; like insurance, real estate taxes and upkeep â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which can be substantial. But given the freedom, stability and security of owning your own home, they are worth it. How does the lender determine the maximum loan I can afford? The lender considers your debt-to-income ratio, which is a comparison of your gross (pre-tax) income to housing and non-housing expenses. Non-housing expenses include such long-term debts as car or student loan payments, alimony, or child support. According to the FHA, monthly mortgage payments should be no more than 29 percent of gross income, while the mortgage payment, combined with non-housing expenses, should total no more than 41 percent of income. The lender also considers cash available for down payment and closing costs, credit history, and so on when determining your maximum loan amount. How do I select the right real estate agent? The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce can provide a list of area agents. Talk to each before choosing one. Look for an agent who listens well and who understands your needs and whose judgement you trust. The ideal agent knows the local area well and has resources and contacts to help you in your search. Overall, you want to choose an agent who makes you


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Jefferson County has a variety of quality, affordable homes for sale.

Homes feel comfortable and can provide all the knowledge and services you need. How can I determine my housing needs before I begin the search? Your home should fit the way you live, with spaces and features that appeal to the whole family. Before you begin looking at homes, make a list of your priorities â&#x20AC;&#x201D; things like location and size. Should the house be close to certain schools? to your job? to public transportation? How large should the house be? What kinds of amenities are you looking for? Establish a set of minimum requirements and a â&#x20AC;&#x153;wish list.â&#x20AC;? Minimum requirements are things that a house must have for you to consider it, while a â&#x20AC;&#x153;wish listâ&#x20AC;? covers things that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to have, but that arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t essential.

Owning Your Own Home: Finding the Right House for You* What should I look for when deciding on a community? Fortunately, Jefferson County has many community and neighborhood choices. Select a community that will allow you to best live your daily life. Many people choose communities based on schools. Do you want

Jefferson Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s safe, friendly neighborhoods offer unique smalltown charm.

Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re Selling Homes... Because we listen ... itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what we do best. By listening to you, we are able to assess your needs, and how we can serve you better. Whether your move is across town or across the country, our professional agents and staff are experienced, motivated and focused on satisfying our customer and client needs.

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Homes help you organize your thoughts and arrange all of the information you receive.

Owning Your Own Home: You’ve Found It!*

Many stately historic homes grace Jefferson County’s streets.

access to shopping and public transportation? Is access to local facilities like libraries and museums important to you? Or do you prefer the peace and quiet of a rural community? When you find places that you like, talk to people who live there. They know the most about the area and will be your future neighbors. How can I find out about community resources? Contact the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce for promotional literature, welcome kits, maps and other information. Your real estate agent and the local library are also good sources of information. Is an older home a better value than a new one? There isn’t a definitive answer to this question. You should look at each home for its individual characteristics. Generally, older homes may be in more established neighborhoods, offer more ambience and have lower property tax rates. People who buy older homes, however, shouldn’t mind maintaining their home and making some repairs. Newer homes tend to use more modern architecture and systems, are usually easier to maintain, and may be more energyefficient. People who buy new homes often don’t want to worry initially about upkeep and repairs.


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What should I look for when walking through a home? In addition to comparing the home to your minimum requirement and wish lists, consider the following: • Is there enough room for both the present and the future? • Are there enough bedrooms and bathrooms? • Is the house structurally sound? • Do the mechanical systems and appliances work? • Is the yard big enough? • Do you like the floor plan? • Will your furniture fit in the space? Is there enough storage space? (Bring a tape measure to better answer these questions.) • Does anything need to be repaired or replaced? Will the seller repair or replace the items? • Imagine the house in good weather and bad, and in each season. Will you be happy with it year-round? Take your time and think carefully about each house you see. Ask your real estate agent to point out the pros and cons of each home from a professional standpoint. What questions should I ask when looking at homes? Many of your questions should focus on potential problems and maintenance issues. Does anything need to be replaced? What things require ongoing maintenance (e.g., paint, roof, HVAC, appliances, carpet)? Also ask about the house and neighborhood, focusing on quality of life issues. Ask questions until you understand all of the information you’re given. Making a list of questions ahead of time will

What does a home inspector do? An inspector checks the safety of your potential new home. Home inspectors focus especially on the structure, construction and mechanical systems of the house and will make you aware of any repairs that are needed. The inspector does not evaluate whether or not you’re getting good value for your money. Be sure to hire a home inspector who is qualified and experienced. It’s a good idea to have an inspection before you sign a written offer since, once the deal is closed, you’ve bought the house “as is.” Or, you may want to include an inspection clause in the offer when negotiating for a home. An inspection clause gives you an “out” on buying the house if serious problems are found or the ability to renegotiate the price if repairs are needed. An inspection clause can also specify that the seller must fix the problem(s) before you purchase the house. It’s not required that you be there for the home inspection, but it’s a good idea. Following the inspection, the home inspector can answer questions about the report and any problems. This is also an opportunity to hear an objective opinion on the home you’d like to purchase and is a good time to ask general maintenance questions. Do I really need homeowner’s insurance? Yes. A homeowner’s insurance policy (or a receipt for one) is required at closing, so arrangements must be made beforehand. Involving the insurance agent early in the home-buying process can save you money. How do I make an offer? Your real estate agent will assist you in making an offer, which will include the following information: • Complete legal description of the property • Amount of earnest money • Down payment and financing details • Proposed move-in date • Price you are offering • Proposed closing date • Length of time the offer is valid • Details of the deal

*Source: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development


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embers of the Mt. Vernon and Jefferson County governments work together, constantly improving the quality of life for residents. This teamwork is also reflected in the city’s Economic Development Commission (EDC) Council, which consists of five City Council members, the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce president, the chair of the Jefferson County Board, the state senator of Illinois’ 54th District, and the state representative of the 107th District. This ensures communication and cooperation from all facets of the county’s political leadership. The mayor and City Council members act as the political head of the city. The city manager is appointed by Council to carry out policy and ensure that the entire community is being served. The Mt. Vernon Police Department currently has 46 sworn officers, nine telecommunicators, and a four-member secretarial staff. The agency

works to ensure the safety and security of all Mt. Vernon residents. It supports the community through involvement in the D.A.R.E. program, Neighborhood Crime Watch, Crime Stoppers, and Young Marines programs. The Mt. Vernon Fire Department has 33 fulltime personnel. It operates three shifts, with one full-time captain and three full-time lieutenants on each shift. Each shift is on duty 24 hours, off 48 hours. The primary responsibility of the Mount Vernon Fire Department is public safety, especially the preservation of life and property. The department provides this capability 24 hours a day, seven days a week from four fire stations strategically located throughout the city. The department provides fire-suppression service to more than 16,000 persons within the City of Mt. Vernon, as well as emergency medical services to residents in Mt. Vernon. Currently, 18 firefighters are State of Illinois licensed paramedics.


Index of Advertisers

who helped make this publication possible. abStract/titlES Jefferson County Title Company, LLC — page 41

716 Main St. P.O. Box 402 Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-3212 Fax (618) 242-9113

Jefferson County Title Company, LLC, formerly known as King City Abstract Company, is a provider of title insurance, abstracts, record searches, and real estate closings.

attornEy Mitchell Law Office, P.C. — page 11 2020 Broadway P.O. Box 1088 Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-0705 Fax (618) 242-4820

Over 40 years of experience in natural resource law, estate and trust planning and administration, business formation and transactions, and related litigation in such areas of law.

Villani & Villani — page 38 accountant Kemper CPA Group, LLP Mt. Vernon — page 15

4227 Lincolnshire Drive Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-5361 Fax (618) 242-8830

• Audits, Reviews, & Compilation • Tax Planning, Preparation, & Electronic Filing • Small Business Consulting • Employee Benefit Plans • Bookkeeping & Payroll Services • Medical Billing & Practice Management • Computer Technology Consulting

adult carE/SEnior living Addus Healthcare — page 21

108 & 128 N. Third Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (877) ADDUS44 (618) 241-9503 Fax (618) 241-9506

Addus Healthcare — a hometown provider bringing health and wellness to families at home since 1979. Comprehensive services available: • Home Care Aide • Home Health Services • Adult Day Center • Private Duty

Residential Living Center — page 20 608 E. IL Hwy 15 Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 244-9318 Fax (618) 244-9321

We Offer the Finest in Retirement Living by Providing: • 3 Delicious Meals Daily • Housekeeping and Laundry • Scheduled Transportation • Interesting, Fun Activities! • Friendly, Helpful Staff 24 Hours a Day

advErtiSing/markEting Arthur Agency — page 35

104 East Jackson Carbondale, IL 62901 (618) 351-1599 Fax (618) 519-9617

We are an interactive agency that combines traditional advertising with new media. We offer brand/logo development, print/publication, radio/tv commercials, websites, eCommerce, direct mail, 3D illustrations/animations, and much more.


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320 South 11th Street P.O. Box 1593 Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-2220 Fax (618) 242-5884

Villani & Villani was established in 2004. Our practice areas include corporate and business law; probate, wills, and estate planning; divorce and family law; criminal, DUI, and traffic defense.

auto partS NAPA Distribution Center — page 12 1000 South 45th Street Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 Store (618) 242-1901 DC (618) 244-5440 Fax (618) 244-4692

Over $10 million worth of inventory to meet your automotive, farm, home, marine, and industrial needs. NAPA. Get The Good Stuff.

cEmEtEry Mt. Vernon Memorial Gardens — page 39 6449 East IL Hwy. 15 Woodlawn, IL 62898 (618) 735-2872 Fax (618) 735-2612

Mt. Vernon Memorial Gardens is a locally owned second-generation cemetery. We are dedicated to providing a high level of maintenance throughout the property so that the peaceful gardens may be enjoyed.

cHurcHES Central Christian Church — page 31 301 North Tenth Street Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-4185 Fax (618) 242-0818

contractorS-glaZing Mt. Vernon Glass Company — page 26

1409 Salem Road P.O. Box 644 Mt. Vernon, IL 62864-0014 (618) 242-0182 Fax (618) 242-0047

Serving the glass needs of Southern Illinois since 1947. Specializing in contract glazing work for jobs of all sizes, auto glass replacement, and custom mirrors. • Auto • Business • Home

day carE/prEScHool/ cHild dEvElopmEnt Bumblebee Child Care Center & Pre-K — page 39 2917 Veterans Memorial Drive Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-4916 Fax (618) 242-4927

dErmatology Skin Care Center of Southern Illinois, LLC — page 20

4107 South Water Tower Place Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 244-0031 Fax (618) 244-0056

Skin Care Center of Southern Illinois offers a full range of medical/surgical/cosmetic dermatology services for all ages and all skin types. Trust a specialty practice for the skin you’re in!

diSablEd pErSonS SErvicES & organiZationS Opportunities for Access — page 38 4206 Williamson Place, Suite 3 Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 244-9212 Fax (618) 244-9310 (TTY) (618) 244-9575 (V/TTY) (800) 938-7400

OFA-CIL is a community-based, non-residential, not-for-profit organization serving persons with disabilities in Clay, Clinton, Edwards, Effingham, Fayette, Hamilton, Jasper, Jefferson, Marion, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, and White counties with information and referrals, peer advisory, skills training, and individual and systems advocacy.

diStribution communicationS Walker Communications / Mt. Vernon Communications — page 24 1322 George St. Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-0385 Fax (618) 242-0625

Mt. Vernon Communications, a division of Roy Walker Communications, Inc., is a Motorola 2-Way radio dealership. Since 1975, supplying your communication needs with locations in Mt. Vernon, Makanda, and Effingham.

Anheuser-Busch Retail Marketing Distribution Center — page 12

One Eagle Court Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 241-7600 Fax (618) 244-3509

Anheuser-Busch’s Retail Marketing Distribution Center in Mt. Vernon supports the company’s beer sales fulfilling orders for merchandise and P.O.S. items to wholesalers, retailers, and consumers across the United States.

Economic dEvElopmEnt Jefferson County Development Corporation — page 38

200 Potomac Blvd. Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 244-3554 Fax (618) 244-7533

• Detailed information on available land and buildings • Site selection tours to fit your project • Information including workforce, incentives, wages, demographics • Business network assistance

Education Mount Vernon City Schools District 80 — page 26

1722 Oakland Avenue Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 244-8080 Fax (618) 244-8082

• Benjamin Franklin Early Childhood Center — Pre-K/Head Start • Primary Center — K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd • J.L. Buford Intermediate Education Center — 4th & 5th • Zadok Casey Middle School — 6th, 7th, 8th Our mission: To challenge all students to seek a brighter future. Our vision: Always seeking, always learning.

Rend Lake College — page 27 468 N. Ken Gray Parkway Ina, IL 62846 (618) 437-5321 Fax (618) 437-5677

A comprehensive community college located in Ina, with satellite campuses in Mt. Vernon and Pinckneyville. Find the programs you need at a price you can afford. Financial aid is available.

St. Mary School — page 24 1416 Main Street Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-5353 Fax (618) 242-5365

Saint Mary School is a small K–8 Catholic facility. We provide our students with a quality education based on Christian values. This creates a caring, nurturing community for our children.

Education/govErnmEnt Regional Superintendent of Schools — page 31 1714 Broadway Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 244-8040 Fax (618) 244-8073

EmploymEnt agEnciES CFA Staffing — page 5

Rend Lake Market Place 333 Potomac Blvd, Suite D-217 Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 244-4155 Fax (618) 244-3884 Customer Focused Associates — our name is our reputation! The best service starts with the best people! Qualified associates at competitive rates! Light industrial, clerical, & technical!

Index of Advertisers Express Employment Professionals Mt. Vernon IL — page 24 403 North 42nd Street Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 241-6010 Fax (618) 241-6014

Manpower — page 9

4111 North Water Tower Place, Suite D Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-0690 Fax (618) 242-0665

Peoples National Bank — page 11 520 South 42nd Street P.O. Box 908 Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 241-6586 Fax (618) 241-6586

Peoples National Bank, voted best bank in Jefferson County three years running, offers a wide variety of products and services to fit your needs.

Texico State Bank — page 11

Manpower has been providing high-quality employment services for over 54 years. Manpower provides placements in clerical, industrial, or professional markets. ISO certified office.

13766 E. Dix-Texico Rd., P.O. Box 85 Texico, IL 62889 (618) 266-7670 Fax (618) 266-7689

SelectRemedy — page 9

Offering friendly service for over 80 years. Member FDIC

4202 Williamson Place Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 241-9620 Fax (618) 241-9629

We get people. • Temporary • Temp-to-Hire • Direct Placement • Workforce Management

Engineering HMG Engineers — page 29 1075 Lake Road P.O. Box 70 Carlyle, IL 62231 (618) 594-3711

Henry, Meisenheimer & Gende, Inc., is a consulting engineering firm established in 1966. Offering roadway, structural, environmental, electrical, and mechanical engineering services as well as land surveying, utility rate studies, and grant procurement through its Carlyle, Mount Vernon, and Troy offices.

Engraving & Rubber Stamps Jackson Marking Products Company, Inc. — page 9

9105 North Rainbow Lane Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-1334 Fax (618) 242-7732

Rubber stamps and precision laser engraving for personal and business use. Self-inking, preinked, and traditional stamps. Engraved plastic, aluminum, brass, steel, and magnetic signs plus engraved gifts and awards.

Financial Institutions First State Bank of Dix — page 39 312 North Main St. P.O. Box 100 Dix, IL 62830 (618) 266-7444 Fax (618) 266-7459 900 S. 42nd St. P.O. Box 1750 Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-2004 Fax (618) 242-5414

• Established 1909 • Local Ownership • Personal Service • Mortgage Loans • Business Loans • Personal Loans • Safe Deposit Boxes • Certificate of Deposit • Savings • Checking • Member F.D.I.C. • Equal Housing Lender

Old National Bank — page 42 400 South 34th St. Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 246-7351 Fax (618) 246-7362

Government Downtown Mt. Vernon Development Corporation — page 12 809 Main Street Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-6866 Fax (618) 242-6868

DMDC’s mission is to preserve our historic and cultural heritage and promote economic growth. Downtown is a viable and active area in which to live, work, shop, and play.

Mt. Vernon Convention & Visitors Bureau — page 1 200 Potomac Blvd. P.O. Box 1708 Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-3151 Fax (618) 242-6849

Mt. Vernon is home to Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, an authentic log cabin village, winery, acres of public parks, outstanding golf courses, unique shopping, and colorful events.

Health Insurance Diana Thomas Mt. Vernon IL — page 17

4114 North Water Tower Place, Suite E Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-7744 Fax (618) 242-5615 Employee Benefits Specialist • Group & Individual • Health • Life • Dental • Vision • Disability • Medicare Supplements

Health care Crossroads Community Hospital — page 18, 19

#8 Doctors Park Road Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 241-8510 Fax (618) 244-556 • 24-Hour Emergency Room • Advanced Radiology Services • State-of-the-Art Surgery Center • Home Care Services • Intensive Coronary Care Unit • Expanded Laboratory Services & Technology • Respiratory Services • Top-Notch Physicians

Heartland Radiology Associates, Ltd. — page 29 4227 Lincolnshire Drive Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 244-5500 Fax (618) 242-8830

• 100% Board Certified Radiologists • We Provide Second Opinions Interpretations • Provide a Full Range of Diagnostic Capabilities

Jefferson County Comprehensive Services, Inc. — page 21 16338 North Illinois Highway 37 P.O. Box 428 Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-1510 Fax (618) 242-6392

Community-based, affordable, quality treatment for mental health and substance abuse problems. Rehabilitation and vocational training for developmentally disabled adults. Nutrition and transportation services for senior citizens.

Nature Trail Health Care Center — page 21 1001 South 34th Street Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-5700 Fax (618) 242-1572

Orthopaedic Center of Southern Illinois — page 16

Housing/Apartments Willow Springs Apartments — page 7

4100 Willow Springs Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-4907 Fax (618) 242-9495

Insurance Bean Insurance Agency, Inc. — page 31

1310 Broadway Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-6017 Fax (618) 242-6018 Bean Insurance Agency is locally owned and operated. We offer a wide variety of competitive insurance and financial products ranging from auto, home, health, life, and commercial. Call us today!

Brooke Insurance & Financial Services — page 35 102 North Ninth Street Mount Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 246-1000 Fax (618) 246-1250

4121 Veterans Memorial Dr. Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-3778 Fax (618) 242-1267

For Your Insurance Needs • Auto • Homeowners • Life • Farm • Commercial • Health/Individual and Group • Boats • Motorcycles • Recreational Vehicles • Workers Compensation • Business Insurance • Bonds • Long-Term Care • Medicare Supplements

P.S. Sahni, M.D. — page 16

Country Financial Mt. Vernon IL — page 17

1702 Broadway P.O. Box 1587 Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-6464 Fax (618) 242-3730

Dr. Sahni is a board-certified neurosurgeon specializing in spinal and peripheral nerve disorders. He has over 30 years of experience in this field.

St. Mary’s Good Samaritan, Inc. — page Outside Back Cover 605 North 12th Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-4600

Serving nearly 300,000 people in a nine-county region, St. Mary’s Good Samaritan, Inc., is one of the largest health care providers in Southern Illinois. With two regional hospitals, over 120 physicians, seven family health centers, and numerous specialty programs, St. Mary’s Good Samaritan brings the most advanced health care services to Southern Illinois.

Hotels/Motels/Bed & Breakfasts America’s Best Inn — page 42

222 South 44th Street Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 244-4343 Fax (618) 244-7898

• Free Hot Breakfast • Newly Remodeled Rooms • Free Wireless Internet • Easy Access to I-57

Holiday Inn - Mt. Vernon IL — page 14 222 Potomac Boulevard Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 244-7100 Fax (618) 242-8876

233 guestrooms and suites designed with your comfort in mind. Dine in Krieger’s Sports Grill, relax with a cocktail in Krieger’s Lounge. Visit Mr. F’s Atrium Cafe for breakfast. Pets allowed in designated rooms with fee.

2929 Broadway, Suite 3 Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-3915 Fax (618) 242-0934

Guy Wood Insurance, MVIBI — page 27 1400 Broadway Ave Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-2050 Fax (618) 242-2055

Personal Insurance: • Auto/Homeowners • Boat - Motorcycle • Life - Long Term Care - Disability Income • Health - Medicare Supplement • Flood Commercial Insurance: • Commercial/Business Insurance • Group Health • Fleet • Contractor Bonds Since 1923 — “We’re On It”

State Farm Insurance Allan Laird — page 42

2501 Broadway Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 244-5757 Fax (618) 244-1072 Stop by my office or give me a call. My staff and I are available to provide “Good Neighbor” service. My regular office hours are: Monday–Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays by appointment.

Insurance/Financial Services Prudential - Tanett Y. Thomason, Agent — page 9

100 Aviation Drive, Suite 108 Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 244-0800 Fax (618) 244-9571

Helping individuals and businesses in downstate Illinois grow and protect their wealth.


Index of Advertisers Library C. E. Brehm Memorial Public Library — page 29

101 South 7th St. Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-6322 Fax (618) 242-0810

C. E. Brehm Memorial Public Library offers databases, children’s programs, genealogy, Internet, books, DVDs, CDs, newspapers, magazines, and microfilm. Check out our Web site for hours and more information.

Manufacturing Continental Tire North America, Inc. — page Inside Back Cover

11575 North IL Highway 142 P.O. Box 1029 Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 246-7100 Fax (618) 246-2668

• Began Production in 1974 • Largest Employer in Southern Illinois • Manufacturer of Passenger and Truck Tires • International Joint Venture • Union-Free Facility • ISO Certified 9001 and 14000

Media WSIU Public Broadcasting — page 31

Communications Building #1003 Mail Code 6602 Southern Illinois University 1100 Lincoln Drive Carbondale, IL 62901 (618) 453-4344

WSIU Public Broadcasting is committed to improving the quality of life of the people they serve. Through programming, education services, and outreach initiatives, WSIU inspires positive change in our communities.

Museums Cedarhurst Center for the Arts — page 35

2600 Richview Road P.O. Box 923 Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-1236 Fax (618) 242-9530

Cedarhurst visitors enjoy Art Galleries, a Permanent Collection Gallery, Family Center, a Performance Hall, and a Creative Art Center in addition to the outdoor Sculpture Park featuring 60 large-scale sculptures.

Pharmacy Byrd-Watson Drug 1200 Main St. Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-2800 3401 Broadway Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 244-5400

Byrd-Watson Drug was voted “Best of the Best Pharmacy” in 2008. Independent and locally operated pharmacy for 100+ years. Two Mt. Vernon locations to serve your pharmacy and medical equipment needs.

Powersports Carter Motor Sports — page 38

300 Fairfield Road Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 315-6686 Fax (618) 315-6037

• Kawasaki ATVs • Kawasaki Motorcycles • Kawasaki Utility Vehicles • Kawasaki Power Equipment • ATV Wagons by Bosski • Suzuki Motorcycles • Suzuki ATVs • Parts, accessories and service for ALL major brands Stop by & see us!

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Recycling Kendrick Paper Stock Co., Inc. — page Inside Front Cover 1000 Salem Road P.O. Box 1385 Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-4527 Fax (618) 242-4537

Accepting cardboard, newspaper, junkmail, magazines, office waste paper, plastics, PET 1, HDPE 2 (water, soda, detergent, and milk jugs), shrink wrap, plastic film, grocery bags, and aluminum and steel cans daily. Serving the recycling needs of the community for over 50 years.


Bevis Real Estate LLC — page 41

9th Street Grill — page 17

Bevis Real Estate LLC is a full-service real estate company dedicated to helping you with your home buying or selling decisions.

Mt. Vernon’s finest dining establishment, 9th Street Grill brings American and Mediterranean culinary traditions to historic downtown Mt. Vernon in a casual, comfortable setting.

Century 21 All Pro Real Estate — page 41

McDonald’s T.D.S. Services, Inc. — page 24

815 Broadway Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 244-9500 Fax (618) 244-5650

13035 N. Shiloh Dr. Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 877-242-3069

222 South 9th Street Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 244-1190 Fax (618)244-3632

203 South 28th St P.O. Box 985 Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 241-9469

Backed by specialized training and state-of-theart resources, Century 21 All Pro Real Estate Sales Professionals are here to help make every aspect of your buying or selling a home easier and more successful.

We have three great locations: 102 Potomac Boulevard and 2806 Broadway in Mt. Vernon, and 202 North Avenue in Ina. Smiling faces ready to serve you. McDonald’s. I’m loving it.

Coldwell Banker Associated Realtors - Tom Cox — page 42

Mt. Vernon Dairy Queen — page 9

1907 Broadway P.O. Box 1808 Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-8383 Fax (618) 242-8388

Coldwell Banker Associated Realtors has been serving the real estate needs of Jefferson County residents for over 20 years and consistently ranks among the top real estate companies in the area.

Cross Davidson Real Estate — page 3

4140 Broadway P.O. Box 613 Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-1234 Fax (618) 242-1868 Serving Jefferson County for over 37 years with Experience, Knowledge, Commitment, and Service. Our team of outstanding agents conduct all transactions with honesty, integrity, and courtesy. Call us today!

M.G. Foley, Inc. Real Estate — page 41 2019 Broadway P.O. Box 688 Mt.Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-4200 Fax (618) 242-0443

519 Main Street Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-3900

• Ice Cream • Burgers • Fries • BBQ • Chicken Strip Baskets • Fish • Dining Room • Drive-Thru

Retail Beverly Hills Pools & Spas — page 24

521 Rt. 142 East Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 244-2772 Fax (618) 244-7439 • In-Ground Pools • Above-Ground Pools • Wood Decks • Concrete Work • Wood & Gas Fireplaces • Hydro-Spas • Royal Spas

Dish on the Square — page 38 104 South 9th P.O. Box 1179 Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 241-DISH (3474) Fax (618) 241-3475

Dish on the Square is a wonderful tabletop and kitchen shop that handles top of the line appliances, kitchen essentials, dinnerware, table linens, grillware, baby clothing, and toys. 2929 Broadway, Suite #7 Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-3765 Fax (618) 242-3765

Kingdom Fashions has quality fashions at affordable prices for men, women, and children. Clothing, shoes, and all the accessories. Stop by for a great deal.

Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce

42nd & Broadway Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 244-4560 Fax (618) 244-4565

Wal-Mart Supercenter Store #224 — page 7 110 Davidson Avenue Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 244-7119 Fax (618) 244-1781

Walgreens Distribution — page 24 5100 Lake Terrace NE Mt. Vernon, Il 62864 (618) 244-8702 Fax (618) 244-8742

Walgreens Distribution Center began March 19, 1990, with a total of 368,000 square feet and servicing 125 stores. Today we occupy approximately 1,461,000 square feet and directly service more than 800 stores.

Retail - Food What’s for Dessert? — page 11 Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 241-9139 Fax (618) 246-1425

Home-baked desserts by Jackie Weems. Elegant cakes, specialty pastries, and desserts for any occasion. Gift baskets & gift certificates available.

Security Specialists Executive Security Specialists, Inc. — page 7 206 South Ninth Street, Suite 203 Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-2699 Fax (618) 242-2694

Donald L. Fitts — Branch Operations Manager • Civil Process • Security Guard Services

Towing & Auto Repair Rick’s Towing, Inc.

Kingdom Fashions, Inc. — page 31


Times Square Mall — page 14

1900 South 8th St. P.O. Box 2339 Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-4500 Fax (618) 242-2237 Specializing in heavy-duty towing and recovery. We also have 5 tow trucks for passenger cars. We have 37 years of experience. We do light auto repair work.

Winery GenKota Winery — page 9

301 North 44th Street Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 246-9463 Fax (618) 246-9465

Jefferson County, IL 2009 Community Profile and Resource Guide  
Jefferson County, IL 2009 Community Profile and Resource Guide  

Jefferson County, IL 2009 Community Profile and Resource Guide