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Table of Contents

Welcome to Mt.Vernon


History of the County Seat

Manufacturing Has Long History in Jefferson County



Continued Expansion in Education

Assisted Living Offers Opportunities for Senior Citizens




Transportation Hub of the Midwest

Economic Development in Jefferson County, Illinois Jefferson County Offers Best Health Care in Region

Business Listings

Advertiser Index



Real Estate Values Are On the Rise

Houses of Worship



On the cover is the Fourth of July Celebration at the Mt. Vernon Outland Airport.

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Tourism & Quality of Life in Jefferson County

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Welcome to Mt. Vernon FESTIVALS & EVENTS


nown as the “Festival Arts City,” there is always something going on in Mt. Vernon. From live musical entertainment to gallery openings, Mt. Vernon is the place for the artist in all of us. Check out our calendar on our newly recreated website: www.enjoymtvernon.com for complete calendar listings, which are sortable by date or type of event! SOME HIGHLIGHTS EACH YEAR INCLUDE: Midwestern Herb & Garden Show, which features more than 50 exhibitors with fresh herbs, dried flower arrangements, books, woodcarving, garden art and more. Free admission includes complimentary classes and seminars. Call (618) 242-3151 for more information. Annual Heartland Hook & Bullet Outdoor Expo. Whether you are an expert gamer or a seasonal novice, vendors will have something for you! Equipment testing, educational seminars, fun and prizes will be available. Call (618) 242-3151 for more information. Southern Illinois Steel Guitar Show which features some of the best steel guitar players in the world as well as amateur players. For

Celebrating Creativity Redefined through a series of artisans in action and a vibrant downtown market are a part of Mt.Vernon’s Festival Arts City reputation.

additional information, call (618) 218-2517. July 4th Salute to Freedom is always held on July 4 at the Mt. Vernon Outland Airport. Food vendors, entertainment, kid zone, fireworks and more. Free to attend. AirVenture Cup Race comes to Mt. Vernon every other year and 2017 is the year! Join us mid-July to cheer on the participants in this cross-country air race with a variety of air classes. Visit www. airventurecuprace.com or call (618) 242-7016 for more information. Cedarhurst Center for the Arts is the place to be for the 41st Annual Cedarhurst Arts & Craft Fair. After a special preview party on Friday night, the fair is open from 10 am to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. More than 100 exhibitors from throughout the country will be on hand to demonstrate and sell crafts. Each year crafters bring jewelry, metal work, pottery and more for collectors to enjoy and purchase. Live entertainment can be found in the beer tent and a huge children’s area is tons of fun for your littles. Admission $5 adults, children under 12 free. Hotel packages are available for this event. Call (618) 242-1236 for more information. Midwest Light Sport Aircraft Expo at the Mt. Vernon Outland Airport. The event was created to sell LSA’s, LSA Ancillary Equipment and LSA related services, but everyone enjoys visiting and learning about the aircraft technology. For more information, call (618) 242-7016. Cedarhurst again opens its gates as the host of Ironclad Art: The Motorcycle. You’ll see firsthand why our slogan is “Creativity: Redefined!” when you see the works of art found in more than 100 bikes from all makes, models and generations! For more information, call (618) 242-1236. Fall Fest is celebrated in the streets of downtown Mt. Vernon. Live music, free kid zone, the DMDC Cruise In & Car Show,

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Annual event balloons over Mt. Vernon

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vendors marketplace, amazing food court, a 100+ entry parade, 5K race and more! For more information contact (618) 242-3151. The Heritage Festival at the Jefferson County Historical Village is a interactive take on history. See how a blacksmith works, grind some corn, listen to folk music and enjoy the sites. Free admission. For more information, call (618) 246-0033. Balloons Over Mt. Vernon, Fly-In and Veteran’s Reunion will be held at Mt. Vernon Outland Airport in mid October. The event includes War birds, aircraft, hot air balloons, a car show, kid zone, vendors, food, RC boat races and more. Balloon Glows each evening are a beautiful way to end a southern Illinois day. The Annual Downtown Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting on Main Street in Mt. Vernon is the first Saturday of December. Festivities kick off at 5 p.m. with the parade from 7th Street to the big tree at 13th Street where there will be signing, games and more for all ages. Don’t forget to visit Santa’s Cottage by the Courthouse while you are here. For more information, call (618) 242-3151. Visit www.enjoymtvernon.com for a complete listing of festivals and events in Mt. Vernon where we are living Creativity Redefined! through our passions in life! www.southernillinois.com | 7

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Tourism & Quality of Life In Jefferson County

efferson County is home to many annual events and festivals, interactive historic landmarks, outdoor recreation adventures, and things to do for visitors and locals alike. Whether you’re enjoying street festivals in downtown Mt. Vernon, hiking, biking or horseback riding trails in Rend Lake’s Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park, or making a splash in Mt. Vernon’s Aquatic Zoo waterpark – this county is more than an interstate intersection, it’s the original heart of Southern Illinois. With rich history in the beginnings of the State of Illinois, our community has transformed over the centuries and is now a thriving hub for many facets of life from our roots in manufacturing to an ever-growing arts culture with one common thread throughout our history – creative innovation. MT. VERNON VISITORS CENTER The Mt. Vernon Convention and Visitors Bureau is located at 200 Potomac Blvd., just west of the I-57/I64 exit 95. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Located inside the Visitors Center is a unique gift shop called Made in Mt. Vernon. Made in Mt. Vernon features unique gifts made by local artists. Visit www.enjoymtvernon.com or call (800) 252-5464 for more information or to request a visitor’s guide.

Reservoir, Wayne Fitgerrell State Park and Rend Lake is boasted as Southern Illinois’ biggest outdoor playground. Jaycee Lake, on the outskirts of Mt. Vernon, is a beautiful place to relax with boating, fishing and breathtaking scenery. Veteran’s Park, situated in the heart of Mt. Vernon, is more than your average park with a memorial to Veterans from all U.S. conflicts located at the park entrance. The park also offers basketball courts, six lighted tennis courts, playgrounds, horseshoe and washer pits, walking paths, picnic facilities, and a community building available to rent for events and meetings. For more information, call (618) 242-6890. The inaugural Mt. Vernon Community Gardens will be planted in 2017 at Veterans Park and serves as a hub of activity for novice and master gardeners alike. Bicycle trails can be found throughout Mt. Vernon. Hop on anywhere to enjoy the ride, but we suggest starting near Cedarhurst Center for the Arts or Veterans Park. If you’d like a different type of adventure, check out R & J Lazer Tag just off Illinois Highway 15 in Woodlawn. With private parties or open play, memories are sure to be made in the Southern Illinois woods playing laser tag with your friends or family. Nu Bowl Lanes in Mt.

RECREATION Throughout Jefferson County, recreation is ample. The Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park is a mecca for outdoor recreation enthusiasts with water sports, horseback riding, picnicking, hiking, bird watching, wildlife observation and photography, fishing, boating, skiing and more. Overlooking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s 19,000 acre Rend Lake

With rich history in the beginnings of the State of Illinois, our community is now a thriving hub for many facets of life.

Rend Lake Illinois, the top tourist attraction in Southern Illinois



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Saturday Market Days at the Broadway Market

Vernon offers league play for all ages, open bowling, and numerous special events. An arcade, lounge with gaming, and restaurant round out the requirements to make this a fun outing for the whole family. In addition to Veterans Park, the Mt. Vernon Parks and Recreation Department oversees numerous other parks, including Lincoln Park. Lincoln Park offers a four-field complex for baseball and softball events as well as a soccer field and the Aquatic Zoo Water Park. Archway RV Park is a family-owned and operated campground.

They have full hookup pull-through sites and back-in sites for the big RVs and some tent sites for the little campers. They boast clean showers and a laundromat along with a playground, fishing pond and dump station on-site. For the golf enthusiast, Green Hills Golf Club in Mt. Vernon is widely considered to be one of the finest golf facilities in southern Illinois. Offering a beautiful and challenging layout combined with a friendly country club atmosphere, the course has an abundance of 

Jump. Swim. Slide. Splash. Play. Enjoy. At the intersection of I-57 & I-64, a jungle awaits with two diving boards, one 266’ dual rider tube slide, one 112’ body slide, an interactive children’s splash pad with voice and light features, a lazy river, zero depth entry leisure pool, tasty concessions, and planned adventures throughout the summer season!


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Power Slides, Aquatic Zoo Water Park

Lazy River, Aquatic Zoo Water Park

trees, natural creeks and large lakes to create unique playing conditions. Also in Mt. Vernon, Indian Hills Golf Club offers a picturesque course for 18 holes as well. Both clubs are open to the public and have memberships available. ATTRACTIONS Broadway Market & Rec Center Broadway Market is located at 205 S. 7th Street in downtown Mt. Vernon. Renovations to transform the market to a multi-purpose recreational facility and venue will begin in 2017, with outdoor events

continuing through the 2017 season like normal. The market is home to Mt. Vernon Market Days, a free outdoor flea market and vendor fair held on the first Saturday of each month from May to October running from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and hosts vendors from across Southern Illinois to sell just about everything from locally grown produce to handmade jewelry. It’s also home to Friday’s Food & Art, a weekly buy local market that runs every Friday in the evening from June 2 to Sept. 1 and features local-only products like locally grown produce and plants and handmade jewelry, as well as events including live entertainment, local beer and wine, great food and activities. By 2018 the venue will host indoor markets, tradeshows, recreation tournaments and more. For more information, call (618) 242-3151.

Annual Cedarhurst Craft Fair



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Aquatic Zoo Water Park The Aquatic Zoo is an outdoor water park located on South 24th Street in Lincoln Park. It includes two slides with a monkey themed water dumping bucket, zebra, giraffe and animal sound and light themes geysers, a lazy river, zero-depth entry leisure pool, an enclosed body flume slide, and an enclosed tube slide. The park also includes a 25 meter, six-lane lap pool with two diving boards that is in a separate section from the slides and lazy river and splash pad. For pricing, season passes or more information, call (618) 242-6890 or visit www.aquaticzoo.org. Cedarhurst Center for the Arts Cedarhurst Center for the Arts has achieved accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition afforded the nation’s museums. Accreditation signifies excellence to the museum community, to governments, funders, outside agencies, and to the museum-going public. The United States has an estimated 35,000 museums, and only a little over 1,000 are currently accredited. Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, an activity of the John R. and Eleanor R. Mitchell Foundation, is a private, nonprofit arts organization established in 1973. The museum is best known for its significant collection of late 19th and early 20th century American paintings, exhibitions featuring regional and international artists, a 90-acre sculpture park featuring over 60 works of art, extensive art education opportunities both on campus and in regional schools, and an annual Art & Craft Fair held each September since 1977. They also host art classes and programs, live performances and Thursday Night Live! a summer program with great food, entertainment and activities. The Cedarhurst campus is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Thursdays between Memorial Day and Labor Day, it is open until 8 pm. Find more information about art exhibits and programs at Cedarhurst at www.cedarhurst.org or call (618) 212-1236. Jefferson County Historical Village Located on North 27th Street, the Jefferson County Historical Village is picturesque with two log cabins, the first log jail in the county, a oneroom school, medical building, newspaper and print shop, blacksmith shop, log church, general store, gift shop, a nature trail, history museum and Interpretive Center. For more information, contact (618) 246-0033. Jefferson County Hall of Honor & Col. R. D. White Veterans Museum The Jefferson County Hall of Honor, Col. R.D. White Veterans Museum and Jefferson County Heroes Memorial are permanent memorials dedicated to area veterans on display inside the Koziara

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Terminal and outside at Mt. Vernon Outland Airport. The Hall of Honor is an ongoing, collaborative effort that complements the other area veteran’s memorials in that each veteran’s service history is preserved for future generations to see. “Just like the service of each veteran, no two tributes are identical. Each one has a different story to tell,” said Chris Collins, airport director. The Veterans Museum features authentic vintage uniforms, weapons, munitions, K-rations, era newspapers, magazines and letters from home from the Civil War to current conflicts. The Jefferson County Heroes Memorial honors the local family members, friend and neighbors who sacrificed their tomorrows for our todays. Hall hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week and the museum is open every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or by appointment. Call (618) 242-7016 for more information.

Annual Fall Fest Parade, flag carried by Mt. Vernon Elk Lodge #819

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History of the County Seat


ount Vernon, known as “Festival Arts City,” is the county seat of Jefferson County, Illinois. The population was 15,277 at the 2010 census.

19TH CENTURY Mt. Vernon was founded in 1817 by Zadok Casey and incorporated as a city in 1819. Casey was elected to the State Senate in 1822 and was elected Lieutenant Governor in 1833. He served in the U.S. Congress between 1833 and 1843. The town was named for George Washington’s plantation, Mount Vernon, which was named for Edward Vernon, a British naval hero. After the state capitol was moved to Vandalia in 1819, it became apparent that a road to Vandalia was needed. After the Vandalia Road was built, Mt. Vernon was “on the map” and was officially incorporated as a city in the State of Illinois. The bridge across Casey Creek and the Vandalia Road provided a much shorter path across Jefferson County than the original Goshen Road. The new Goshen Road soon captured most of the traffic, and Mt. Vernon became an important stop on the road west.

During World War II, portions of the “car shops,” as they had to come to be known, were converted over to wartime production.

In 1848, the Illinois Supreme Court was relocated to Mt. Vernon at what is currently 14th and Main streets. The 5th District Appellate Court was constructed in 1854 according to the National Register of Historic Places and is still in use as the Appellate Court House. When the Supreme Court was in session, the important lawyers in Illinois, including Abraham Lincoln, gathered in Mt. Vernon to argue their cases. The lawyers gathered at the Mt. Vernon Inn, owned by Angus McNeil Grant and his in-laws, the Andersons. This building has been on the National Register of Historic Places since July 2, 1973. On Feb. 19, 1888, a tornado cut a path a half-mile wide through Mt. Vernon, killing 37 people and destroying more than 450 houses. The Jefferson County Courthouse was destroyed. This event was one of the first disasters to which the American Red Cross responded. Clara Barton herself directed the relief efforts. In the late 1890s and early 1900s, Citizens Gas, Electric & Heating Company brought electricity, gas and running water to Mt. Vernon. However, rural homes and farms were without electricity until 1939 when Tri-County Electric Cooperative was formed under the Rural Electrification Act and erected power lines and furnished electricity to the area. The Mt. Vernon Car Manufacturing Company opened in 1889 after moving from Litchfield, Illinois. This relocation may have been an outgrowth of the relief efforts following the tornado. The Louisville and Nashville Railroad hauled in some 1,900 carloads of supplies for reconstruction of the town. Somehow, this effort translated into a major business building railroad cars, at first building about 10 cars per day. By 1909, the car shops were producing 25 cars per day, employing more than 1,000 workers, with a payroll of $60,000 per month.

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20TH & 21ST CENTURIES The Great Depression of the 1930s, the worst economic downturn in U.S. history, had a large impact on the nation and Jefferson County. In President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “New Deal,” programs were developed to help small businesses, banks, and farms and to provide jobs. Jefferson County reaped the benefits of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) that hired local individuals to work in the nations parks and forest to help protect the land. Mt. Vernon hosted a CCC camp where the current Country Heights subdivision is located. This location later became a U.S. Army camp for training military police during World War II. The Works Progress Administration (WPA) hired the unemployed and the Public Works Administration (PWA) financed road and building projects. In Mt. Vernon, these programs helped build City Hall and several original Mt. Vernon Township High School buildings. During World War II, portions of the “car shops,” as they had to come to be known, were converted over to wartime production, including the production of bomb casings. Around 1939, a portion of the car shops was purchased by

Jefferson County Historical Village reenactors

Precision Engineering, which originally built components for locomotives. During the 1970s, this company purchased old diesel/electric railroad locomotives, which it scrapped out or refurbished. Today, the plant thrives as a hub for National Railway Equipment Company that rebuilds and services diesel electric locomotives for rail lines across the globe. Ironically, the facility is poised to again become one of the area’s largest employers as sales of its innovative hybrid locomotives fuel plant expansion to include another facility across town. In 1954, the car shops closed, causing a temporary jump in unemployment throughout the city and the 108 communities called “home” by its former employees. The Interstate Highway System was built in the late 1950s and 1960s. The concurrency of I-57 and I-64 is along the western border of the ridgeline which divides the Big Muddy River and Casey Creek. The stack interchange on the southwest side of town complements the historic Casey Creek bridges, allowing much shorter travel times through the swamps to the east and south. In April 2007, Mount Vernon voters elected the first female mayor of the city, Mary Jane Chesley. She was sworn into office on May 7, 2007.

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Transportation Hub of the Midwest


he ease of access to multiple modes transportation is one of Jefferson County’s greatest strengths. Its central location versus national markets, the nations’ transportation system and the development of the location to service multiple modes of transportation are vital to the continued growth of Jefferson County. Located in the heart of southern Illinois, Jefferson County has multiple Interstate exits on I-57 and I-64. Some highway access from Jefferson County includes: ROUTE



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Another key component making Jefferson County a hub of transportation is its world-class airport. The Mt. Vernon Outland Airport has a 6,500-foot main runway, fixed base operation, terminal

building and storage hangers. Charter and private aviation services are provided as well as refueling. The facility offers Shell 100 and Jet A fuels, a pilot lounge with weight and exercise room, shower and snooze rooms, wireless internet in the terminal, complimentary refreshments, courtesy shuttle, as well as overnight hangar reservations. Other commercial air service within 90 miles include Lambert International Airport-St. Louis, Mid America AirportMascoutah and Williamson County Airport-Marion. Not to be outdone, the rail industry in Jefferson County and southern Illinois is thriving and a major component in logistics for North America. Mt. Vernon sits at the unique junction of three Class 1 Railroads, the UP, CSX and NS, as well as BNSF and Evansville Western, giving companies the opportunity to move their materials and goods east and west from one location. Jefferson County is also just 45 minutes from East St. Louis, Illinois, the nations’ No. 2 rail hub, and passenger services are available within 30 miles through Amtrak. Motor freight also plays an extensive role in moving Jefferson County

Mt. Vernon Outland Airport transportation hub

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forward. Local distribution is alive and well with manufacturers like Continental Tire, Everbrite Neon Sign, Walgreens Distribution Center and NAPA. Trucking companies include UPS Freight, FedEx Freight, Overnite Transportation and Direct Motor Freight, as well as other local companies including Prologistics, Midwestern Transit, Road Dog Drivers and more. For companies that require more than road, air and rail transport, inland port facilities are available within 1 ½ hours of Jefferson County on both the Ohio and the Mississippi Rivers. Jefferson County, Illinois, is uniquely positioned to be a transportation hub for not only the Midwest, but also for all of North America. Interstate 57 & 64


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Manufaturing Has a Long History in Jefferson County

t. Vernon, Illinois, in Jefferson County, is situated at the crossroads of Interstate Highways 57 and 64, just one hour east of St. Louis, Missouri and one hour west of Evansville, Indiana. The north/south, east/west access to over 66 percent of the United States gives Mt. Vernon a premier location for manufacturing. Manufacturing got its start in Mt. Vernon back in the early 1940s when the Mt. Vernon “Car Shops” produced thousands of railway cars and railroad equipment for the nation. Over the years the products have changed, but the talented workforce and productivity of the people has not. Mt. Vernon is the Southern Illinois manufacturing hub with Annual Fall Festival Parade float

Continental Tire, National Railway, Magnum Steel Works, InnoTech Manufacturing, Nutherm International, Inc., Everbrite Neon Sign and Phoenix Modular Elevator leading the list of prominent employers. Bennett Metal Products and Schulte Industries, Inc. also contribute to the list of manufacturers in Mt. Vernon. Continental Tire the Americas, LLC currently has 150 acres of manufacturing under roof with current expansions of another 300,000 square feet in the planning and construction phases. With 2,392 employees, CTA is the anchor of manufacturers in Jefferson County. CTA produces approximately 13.4 million PLT (passenger) tires and 3.15 million CVT (truck and utility vehicle) tires per year. CTA is a top line manufacturer utilizing robotics and modernization techniques where applicable. National Railway Equipment Co. (NRE), headquartered in Mt. Vernon, is employee-owned and a global leader in the rail, marine and power industries. Offering engineering solutions around the globe, NRE – Locomotive is the world’s largest independent supplier of locomotive services, new and remanufactured locomotives, locomotive leasing, field services, parts and salvage operations serving Class 1, regional, short line, government and industrial railroads around the globe.

Largest tire manufacturing plant in the U.S.

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Over the years the products have changed, but the talented workforce and productivity of the people has not.

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Magnum Steel Works Corp has been in business since 2005 and has grown from a 12,000-square-foot building to a 34,000-square-foot facility and now to a new state-of-the-art 128,000-square-foot facility on the west side of Mt. Vernon. Magnum Steel Works specializes in high quality machine works for manufacturing and the coal mining industries including: heavy fabrication, sheet metal fabrication, manual and CNC Machining MIG and TIG welding waterjet cutting, laser cutting, turret punch, rebuild services and CNC press brakes. The focus has been to adapt to projects that come through the door and add equipment that will help produce projects at the highest efficiency possible. InnoTech Manufacturing, LLC (ITM) is a versatile, creative metals manufacturing company. With more than 70 combined years in the manufacturing and construction industries, the principles of InnoTech have consistently made innovations which save time and resources for the various construction trades. ITM specializes in MIG/TIG welding, plasma cutting, press brakes and custom CNC folding of many products. InnoTech performs their own powder coating of all finished products. In addition, ITM is an UltraLox dealer and manufactures aluminum railings for commercial and residential projects across the nation. Nutherm International, Inc. is an innovative company committed to delivering world-class solutions to the commercial nuclear power industry and the Department of Energy that meet the demands of the 21st century while providing unprecedented levels of service. Established in 1979, Nutherm’s 1E products have evolved to include electrical power distribution equipment, control ď ľ

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Bennet Metal Products distributes across the U.S.

one unit, ready for installation. PME delivers high-quality, commercial and instrumentation panels, instruments and instrumentation systems elevators in less time and with a faster installation than the out-of-date, and over 8,000 qualified parts and assemblies. While Nutherm remains stick-built alternative. Once the complete elevator arrives on-site, it is committed to the nuclear power industry, they have expanded their craned into place, and the installer connects it to power and performs final markets to include heavily-engineered, custom-built, electrical panels, testing and adjusting. With power connected, the elevator can be fully instrument panels and distribution equipment for non-safety related functional and ready for inspection in less than one week. applications. They provide risk management solutions that create financial Bennett Metal Products, Inc. is a second-generation, family-owned, returns for their customers and manufacturing partners. ISO-certified shop offering multi-axis CNC precision milling and Everbrite Neon Sign has been designing and manufacturing pointturning, product prototyping, mechanical and electrical assembly, of-purchase signs, displays and outdoor identity systems since 1927. welding, waterjet cutting, conventional machining, short-run Everbrite has progressed to become a global leader in visual identification production, tool & die building and testing. Over the last five decades, and LED lighting. As a world leader in the visual branding and identity Bennett Metal Products, Inc. has been committed to becoming one industry, Everbrite services A-list companies throughout the world in of the finest precision job shops in the Midwest and has experienced markets including automotive, brewery, convenience stores, medical, continuous and steady growth. Around-the-clock operation, combined retail petroleum and quick-services restaurants, to name a few. Everbrite’s with their central location and access to major interstate and trucking dedication to excellence and innovation as well as world-class care for their lines, enables them to ship products customers has made them one of the brightest quickly and economically anywhere in the choices in the business. Continental United States. Phoenix Modular Elevator (PME) is the Schulte Industries, Inc. does contract largest producer of quality, commercial DID YOU KNOW? modular elevators in the world, with a 20-year industrial sewing applications. Schulte THE SOUTHERN PART OF ILLINOIS international track record. PME elevators are designs and produces most renewable INCLUDING JEFFERSON COUNTY IS packaging needs along with internal manufactured elevators, meaning the hoistKNOWN AS “LITTLE EGYPT� packing concerns. way and the elevator car are built together as

Phoenix Modular Elevator manufacturer in Mt. Vernon new industrial park

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Economic Development in Jefferson County, Illinois

he Jefferson County Development Corporation (JCDC) is a proactive force in the county that implements strategies to attract, maintain and develop business in the community and consists as a partnership of private industry, local and state government, local and state agencies, education, cultural entities and faith-based organization. This partnership provides a resourceful and flexible environment to meet ever changing economic demands. There has been ongoing progress in Jefferson County, with a big boost since 2009 due to more than $1 billion in expansions and new development. Collaboration between municipal and county government and the JCDC has been key to ensuring the process of development

is both efficient and effective. Each of the region’s targeted markets, including manufacturing, health care, distribution, retail and hospitality, has experienced growth. Location has been a key part of the equation for the county’s success with convenient transportation via highway, rail and air. Almost onethird of the nation’s top 50 metropolitan areas are within 500 miles of Jefferson County. Two trans-loading facilities provide access to four of the train lines that run through Jefferson County. One is located at Milano Railway Logistics in Mt. Vernon, which serves the NS, UP and Evansville-Western short-line. The other is in Bluford, operated by Bridgewell Resources and serving the CN line. 

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Jefferson County Armed Forces Reserve Center

Its strategic location, history of manufacturing and solid regional workforce have attracted several companies, making Jefferson County the jobs capital of Southern Illinois. In 2016, the State of Illinois announced the approval of an Enterprise Zone to serve portions of Jefferson County, including almost all of the non-residential property in Mt. Vernon, and portions of the villages of Dix and Waltonville, replacing a zone that expired in the same year. State benefits include a utility tax credit and investment tax credit that benefit large corporations. But the major incentives are provided locally, with property tax abatement available for up to 10 years for qualified projects. A sales tax rebate on building materials is also available. There are only 67 Enterprise Zones statewide with 15 more to be awarded in 2017. Another critical tool that has driven area development for years Beautiful downtown Mt. Vernon

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Time Square Mall, 42nd & Broadway

in Jefferson County is the tax increment finance (TIF) district. Mt. Vernon has three TIF districts; one in our downtown and two more to assist with development on the east and west sides of exits 94 and 95, serving the I-57/I-64 corridor. TIF is a versatile economic development tool that makes the annual increase in taxable value available for qualified development assistance while preserving the base value for

all participating taxing jurisdictions. TIF has been responsible for providing more than 40 percent in assistance to area businesses. With new and renovated retail, expanding manufacturing, thriving freight and logistics businesses and available incentives on more than 2,000 acres of land, Jefferson County provides tremendous value add for your next development project. We welcome you to join in our success.

Its strategic location, history of manufacturing and solid regional workforce make Jefferson County the jobs capital of Southern Illinois.

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Continued Expansion in Education


ducation is a vital part of a growing, productive community and in Jefferson County education is woven into the fabric of every day life. Represented by a variety of school districts, Jefferson County schools include three pre-K-12 unit districts, one 9-12 high school, 10 K-8 grade school districts, one Pre-K-8 school, one parochial pre-K-4, and three K-12 parochial schools. Mt. Vernon, the largest city in the county, features a newly constructed state-of-the-art high school with a campus that features quality use of technology, up-to-date science labs, a fully programmed Career and Technical Educational Department, a professional level performance

More than 100 degrees & certificate programs. Low tuition. Classes in Ina and Mt. Vernon.

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theatre and expansive athletic facilities. Students from 11 different grade schools feed into Mt. Vernon Township High School. One of those feeder schools, Mt. Vernon City Schools, provides a challenging educational program by serving students at the Dr. Andy Hall Early Childhood Center, the Dr. Nick Osborne Primary Center, the J. L. Buford Intermediate Education Center and the Zadok Casey Middle School. Mt. Vernon City Schools have become technology leaders in education by assigning computers to every third through eighth grade student. Several other K-8 grade feeder schools cover the Jefferson County countryside and each school is strongly supported by their community.


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Jefferson County is home to 19 public and private schools.

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Rend Lake College Students take a break between classes

Providing over 110 years of Educational Excellence.

The schools’ athletic programs, music programs, and parent-teacher organizations help support a strong academic environment and keep the members of the community involved in school events. The villages of Bluford, Waltonville and Woodlawn are Pre-K-12 districts. These communities boast of their challenging academic programs, and they thrive in the high involvement of the parents and community members in their schools. These schools highlight a unique learning experience with small class sizes and increased student-teacher relationships. Parochial schools in Jefferson County include Coram Deo ď ľ www.southernillinois.com | 23

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Dr. Nick Osborne Primary Care Center, Mt. Vernon

Mt. Vernon Township High School


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Classical School, St. Mary’s Parochial School and Victory Christian Academy and Mt. Vernon Christian School. All the Jefferson County high schools are heavily supported by the local junior college, Rend Lake College. Students may receive dual-credit (high school and college credit) for some classes at their high school to aid in college preparations and cost savings. Rend Lake offers more than 100 distinct associate degrees as well as occupational certificate programs. Their programs provide high quality instruction at a fraction of the cost of a four-year university. Rend Lake College has been recognized for outstanding service to its community. Jefferson County is served by the Clinton-Jefferson-MarionWashington Counties Regional Office of Education. For questions or additional information about area schools, visit the ROE website at www.roe13.org.

Our mission: To challenge all students to seek a brighter future. Our vision: Always seeking, always learning



istrict 80 schools challenge Mt. Vernon’s youth to seek a brighter future and become lifelong learners. The district provides infrastructure and support services that infrastructure help students develop academically, physically and emotionally.

MOUNT VERNON CITY SCHOOLS DISTRICT 80 CENTRAL OFFICE 2710 North Street Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 Phone: 618-244-8080 Fax: 618-244-8082

www.mtv80.org DR. ANDY HALL EARLY EDUCATION CENTER Pre-K/Headstart 301 S. 17th Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 Phone: 618-244-8087 Fax: 618-244-8088 DR. NICK OSBORNE PRIMARY CENTER Kindergarten-3rd Grade

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Casey Middle School

Neighboring community band and Fall Fest Parade


401 North 30th Street Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 Phone: 618-244-8068 Fax: 618-244-8075 J.L. BUFORD INTERMEDIATE EDUCATION CENTER 4th & 5th Grade 623 South 34th Street Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 Phone: 618-244-8064 Fax: 618-244-8103 ZADOK CASEY MIDDLE SCHOOL 6th, 7th & 8th Grade 1829 Broadway Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 Phone: 618-244-8060 Fax: 618-244-8104

• Dr. Andy Hall Early Childhood Center: Birth to 3, prekindergarten and Head Start programs, serving approximately 250 families annually. Caring staff are trained in early childhood education as well as child development, infant and child CPR, and first aid. Provides developmentally appropriate curriculum and services, plus routine vision, hearing and developmental screenings. • Primary Center: Kindergarten through third grade, serving more than 600 students. Standards-based curriculum plus exploratory classes in P.E., art, music and technology. Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program models reinforces and rewards good behavior. • J.L. Buford Intermediate Education Center: Fourth and Fifth grades, serving more than 300 students. Basic concepts such as reading with comprehension, critical thinking and effective communication linked to a broad base of knowledge and well-developed vocabulary. Enrichment opportunities include a comprehensive music program, fine arts instruction, basketball and cheerleading. • Zadok Casey Middle School: Sixth through eighth grades, serving more than 450 students. Academic teams for each student assure a sense of belonging. Standardsbased curriculum, with exploratory classes in art, music, applied technology, Spanish and career exploration plus a wide variety of extracurricular and service activities. Campus includes a full-service fitness center.

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Jefferson County Offers Best Health Care in Region


here are many reasons that Jefferson County is one of the progressive counties in the Southern Illinois region. Keeping its citizens and others in the region healthy is at the top of the list. Jefferson County is the only county outside the St. Louis market in Southern Illinois that can boast of two major hospitals located in its largest town, Mt. Vernon. Crossroads Community Hospital is a 47-bed hospital that is a part of the network with hospitals in Marion, Union County, Red Bud and Granite City. Crossroads has been a part of the community for more than 30 years. SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital – Mt. Vernon is a 134-bed hospital in the SSM Health network that has 20 hospitals in Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma and Wisconsin. Although the building and location are new, the hospital has been a part of Jefferson County for more than 70 years. Virtually all medical specialties are represented by the hundreds of

Virtually all medical specialties are represented by the hundreds of physicians in Jefferson County, whether they are hospital based, in clinics or in group and private practices.

Crossroads Community Hospital, Mt. Vernon

physicians in Jefferson County, whether they are hospital based, in clinics or in group and private practices. In addition to medical doctors and mid-level care providers, there are also hundreds of nurses and medical technologists working in various practice settings in Jefferson County. When you add ancillary doctors to this health care mix (dentists, 


SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital, Mt. Vernon

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Two convenient locations. A dedicated team of providers. All for your family’s health. Having a primary care provider is important to maintaining good health, and Crossroads Family Medicine makes it more convenient. With two locations and same-day appointments often available, there’s no long wait to see a doctor. Treating patients of all ages, these caring providers are here to help you stay healthy, with preventive care ranging from screenings to physicals. They’re also experienced in treating everyday illnesses and chronic conditions, including asthma, diabetes and high blood pressure. Call today and ask about same-day appointments.

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optometrists, chiropractors) and assisted living and extended care facilities, you have a health care capability that makes Jefferson County the leader in health care for the region. Crossroads Community Hospital serves Jefferson County and the

surrounding region with emergency care, surgical care and medical care. In 2013 the hospital completed a $23 million expansion resulting in all new patient rooms, laboratory department, radiology department, admitting offices and same-day surgery offices. Crossroads Community  SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital Press Ganey “Guardian of Excellence Award” 2016


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Imaging services for your family, close to home. If you’re looking for convenient imaging services, turn to Southern Illinois Imaging. Our team is committed to quality care and competitive pricing for diagnostic imaging services, including CT scans, X-ray imaging, and the only Open MRI in the Mt. Vernon-Centralia-Salem area. 15 South 34th Street

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Hospital emergency department pledges to see all patients within 30 minutes of their arrival. The average time patients spend in the ER before they were seen by a health care professional is 16 minutes, which is below national and state averages. In 2016, CCH received a “Grade A” Hospital Safety Grade from Leapfrog Group. This safety grade shows the commitment and effort that Crossroads Community Hospital has for its patient safety and care. SSM Good Samaritan Hospital is a nonprofit organization. SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital – Mt. Vernon along with SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Centralia, is part of one of the largest health care networks in the region with over 200 active medical staff, 2,200 employees, numerous specialty programs, and a network of rural outreach facilities. SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital offers advanced services in breast care, surgical, cardiology and pediatrics. Their network of southern Illinois hospitals, clinics, home health services and doctors deliver a shared promise to the communities they serve. That promise is to be exceptional in every way – through exceptional people providing exceptional experiences while delivering exceptional value. In addition to two quality hospitals, Mt. Vernon is home to a host of ancillary medical providers such as SSM, Express Care, Orthopaedic Center of Southern Illinois, Neuromuscular Orthopaedic Institute,

Lobby of Crossroads Community Hospital

Asbery & Associates, Heartland Women’s Healthcare, Mt. Vernon Community Health Center, Oza Cancer Center and many more, making Jefferson County a mecca for your medical needs. 

Dr. David Asbery provides Robotics Surgery at both Crossroads Community Hospital and SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital


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Ready to move on to a healthier you? Start at JourneyWeightLoss.com Sometimes, diet and exercise alone just aren’t enough. If this is the year you’ve made up your mind to lose that extra weight and regain your health, we have a broad range of online resources that can help make your journey a success. At JourneyWeightLoss.com, you can learn about non-surgical weight management and minimally invasive surgical options, as well as calculate your body mass index (BMI) and request a private consultation. You can even get to know more about our bariatric team. Gregory Dalencourt, M.D., is fellowshiptrained in bariatrics and minimally invasive surgery. Our team also includes a bariatric dietician, surgical coordinator, and other professionals who can work with you throughout your weight loss journey. For a private consultation, visit JourneyWeightLoss.com, or call 618-244-1937.

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SSM Health Breast Care program lead by Dr. Ryan Willis, Mayo Clinic trained Radiologist

To expedite your check in process to our SSM Health Express Clinic and SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital Emergency Room, please visit www.ssmhealthillinois.com and click the “Check In To Express Clinic” tab and choose your desired location. This can also navigate you to our 2015 Women’s Choice Award for “America’s Best Hospitals for Emergency

Care” Emergency Department. Other awards consists of Healthgrades “Patient Safety Excellence Award” three years in a row, 2015 “Outstanding Patient Experience Award” and the 2015 “Distinguished Hospital Award for top 5% Clinical Excellence” recognition, the Leapfrog Group 2016“A” grade and many more awards and recognitions.

Crossroads Community Hospital surgical team demonstrates the da Vinci surgical system at an open house event


Dr. James Tarter, MSK radiologist, reads images from Crossroads Community Hospital diagnostic imaging department

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Assisted Living Offers Opportunites for Senior Citiz ens


relatively new concept 25 years ago, assisted living is now the fastest growing long-term care option for senior citizens. Assisted living facilities help residents maintain their health, wellness, dignity and independence while providing quality care around the clock. According to the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL), 87 percent of residents residing in assisted living require some degree of assistance with food preparation and 81 percent need help managing medication. As outlined by the Assisted Living Federation of America, senior care in assisted living centers should encompass accessibility, independence, quality of life, dignity and personal choices. The NCAL created guiding principles so that all assisted living facilities must “strive to meet the social, emotional, cultural, intellectual and spiritual well-being of residents.� A recent national survey stated that more than 90 percent of residents reported experiences with high quality of life, high level of care and a sense of security in the assisted living community. Currently, the greater Jefferson County area houses three locations that collectively have 197 assisted living apartments designed to meet the needs of the elderly. These communities offer a wide range of services and provide an alternative to those who require some assistance but don’t need a skilled nursing facility. In addition to housing, assisted living facilities provide supportive services to seniors that require assistance with daily living

activities like bathing, dressing, grooming and hygiene, as well as medication reminders, meals and housekeeping and laundry services. While each community has varying policies on pets, some welcome well-behaved, four-legged friends. Emphasis on social relationships is another important element of senior living communities. Maintaining social relationships can be difficult,

Assisted living is the fastest growing long-term care option for senior citizens.

especially for those seniors who live alone. Assisted living communities offer opportunities for socialization by providing planned activities and outings, boosting social interaction by providing exciting things to do. For many seniors, assisted living provides just the level of care they need to flourish and triumph in their new phase of life while providing family members the security of knowing their loved one is in a safe, loving environment. After all, the golden years should be a time of enjoyment and fulfillment, and assisted living communities can be the path to get there. Heritage Woods of Mt. Vernon



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Real Estate Values Are On the Rise

he real estate market in Mt. Vernon and the Jefferson county area is dynamic. A two-year comparison of Mt. Vernon from data gleaned from the Egyptian Board of Realtors’ Multiple Service

reflects an increase in inventory of approximately 7.5 percent and properties under contract increased by approximately one percent with an increase of units sold at 23 percent. The overall increase in


Whitehall Condominiums

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“Dragon House� in Mt. Vernon

volume sold within the community was seven percent. The average sale price over this two-year period reflected a market adjustment of -12 percent. A more refined search with criteria of three bedrooms, two bath, 1,400-1,600 square feet, and built after 1980 shows different view of the demand for homes. As of this article

date, the average price of homes sold (meeting the above referenced criteria) from the previous 12 months (2016) was $132,027, and the 12 months prior to that (2015) was an average of $115, 783 proving that values are on the rise.

Local subdivision

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Houses of Worship First Community United Church of Christ 111 N. Salem Rd., Mt. Vernon (618) 242-2303

Antioch Baptist Church 9148 E. IL Hwy. 148, Bonnie Antioch Christian Church 13088 E. Dix Rd., Texico (618) 266-7356

First Free Will Baptist Church 2610 Logan St., Mt. Vernon (618) 242-3796

Antioch International Assembly 228 S. 9th St., Mt. Vernon (618) 242-6200

First Missionary Baptist Church 175 W. 5th St., Bonnie (618) 242-2519

Bakerville FW Baptist Church 6515 N. IL Hwy. 37, Bonnie (618) 242-7996

First Nazarene 601 S. 42nd St., Mt. Vernon (618) 242-5049

Belle Rive Christian Church 401 S. Main St., Belle Rive (618) 756-2252 Bethel Baptist Church 1200 Bethel Rd., Mt. Vernon (618) 242-5917

Central Christian Church 301 N. 10th St., Mt. Vernon (618) 242-4185

East Side Baptist 400 Casey Ave., Mt. Vernon (618) 244-2975

Bible Missionary Church 808 Dewey Ave., Mt. Vernon (618) 242-5154

Christ Church 1304 N. 11th St., Mt. Vernon (618) 242-2470

Elk Prairie Christian Church 9824 E. Bonnie Rd., Bonnie

Blackwell Temple AME Zion 526 Grande Ave., Mt. Vernon (618) 244-2773

Christian Fellowship Church 2416 Cherry St., Mt. Vernon (618) 244-7466

Bluford First Church of God 101 Louie Ave., Bluford (618) 732-8603

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 4113 N. Water Tower Pl. Mt. Vernon (618) 244-4109

Bonnie Church of God 215 S. Johnson Ave., Bonnie (618) 244-1600 Bonnie Missionary Baptist 175 W. 5th St., Bonnie (618) 242-2519 Bonnie United Methodist 185 E. 1st St., Bonnie (618) 242-5449 Boyd Christian Church 19844 N. Boyd Ln., Dix (618) 735-2804 Calvary United Pentecostal Church 406 N. 44th St., Mt. Vernon (618) 244-2189 Campground Baptist 16768 E. Fairfield Rd., Mt. Vernon (618) 242-6632 Casey Ave Baptist Church 100 E. Casey Ave., Mt. Vernon (618) 244-1596

Connexion Church 18147 E. IL Hwy. 15, Mt. Vernon (618) 841-7990 Corinthian Baptist Church 1026 Newby Ave., Mt. Vernon (618) 244-1275 Dix United Methodist 120 W. Washington St., Dix (618) 266-7374 Donoho Prairie Christian Church 7405 Exchange Rd., Texico (618) 822-6437

Epworth United Methodist 401 Main St., Mt. Vernon (618) 242-5394 Evangelistic Outreach Center 1407 S. 11th St., Mt. Vernon (618) 242-6433 Faith Lutheran Church 1104 N. 42nd St., Mt. Vernon (618) 242-4330 Family Life Assembly of God 2901 Veteran’s Memorial Dr. Mt. Vernon (618) 242-2002 First Apostolic 1008 W. 5th St., Bluford First Baptist 400 N. Elm St., Bluford First Baptist 1600 Salem Rd., Mt. Vernon (618) 242-2877

East Hickory Hill 20761 E. IL Hwy. 15, Bluford

First Baptist Church 301 N. Central St., Woodlawn (618) 735-2191

East Salem Baptist 16812 N. Rockford Ln. Mt. Vernon (618) 755-4807

First Church of God 1000 N. 42nd St., Mt. Vernon (618) 242-3340 First Church of God in Christ 1220 Lamar Ave., Mt. Vernon (618) 244-2581

First Presbyterian 2424 Broadway Rd., Mt. Vernon (618) 242-3410 First United Methodist 1133 Main St., Mt. Vernon (618) 242-1030 Free Will Baptist Church 411 W. Main St., Waltonville (618) 756-2392 Friendship of Faith Full Gospel 1300 S. 12th St., Mt. Vernon (618) 244-3430 Garrison Temple United 501 Stinson Dr., Mt. Vernon (618) 548-8061 Grace Community Church 14769 IL Hwy. 37, Mt. Vernon (618) 242-2303 Greater Faith Tabernacle 801 S. 12th St., Mt. Vernon Hams Grove Missionary Baptist Church 21 Log Cabin Rd., Mt. Vernon Harlan Road Church of God 1704 Harlan Rd., Mt. Vernon Harmony Missionary Baptist Church 19423 N. Harmony Ln. Mt. Vernon Hearts of Fire Ministry Center 110 E. Last St., Mt. Vernon (618) 244-0608 Hopewell United Methodist Church 14294 E. Lewis Rd., Mt. Vernon (618) 242-0823

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Howard Community Chapel 9797 N. Nagel Ln., Opdyke (618) 244-0020 Ina Free Will Baptist Church 3rd & Elm St., Ina (618) 437-5103 Kell Missionary Baptist 101 3rd St., Kell (618) 244-6936 King City Church of God 13229 N. Chestnut Ln. Mt. Vernon (618) 244-6936 Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses 13445 N. Dartmouth Ln. Mt. Vernon 618-242-1312

Mt. Vernon Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 1600 Isabella Ave., Mt. Vernon (618) 241-9644

Markham City Nazarene 18890 E. Marlow Rd., Mt. Vernon (618) 242-2669

New Hope Free Will Baptist 107 N. Coffman Ave., Bluford

Pilgrim Rest Baptist 1307 N. 9th St., Mt. Vernon (618) 244-6050

New Hope Webb Baptist 17668 N. Tonga Ln., Mt. Vernon

Pleasant Grove Word of Faith 11810 E. Stone Rd., Mt. Vernon

New Life Baptist 528 S. 19th St., Mt. Vernon

Pleasant Hill Baptist 19479 N. IL Hwy. 37, Mt. Vernon (618) 266-7137

Marlow General Baptist 21767 N. Tolle Ln., Texico (618) 244-5892 Meadowbrook Christian Church 840 Meadowbrook Rd. Mt. Vernon (618) 242-0730 Moores Prairie Baptist 12029 E. Bunnyfarm Rd. Mt. Vernon (618) 732-6230

Kingdom Seed Ministries 118 N. 9th St., Mt. Vernon (618) 231-5413

Mt. Vernon Baptist Temple 817 Woodland Dr., Mt. Vernon (618) 244-5404

Lebanon Baptist 16016 E. Lynchburg Rd. Mt. Vernon (618) 242-0578

Mt. Vernon Church of Christ 4304 Ilbery Rd., Mt. Vernon

Lighthouse Baptist 13618 N. Dartmouth Ln. Mt. Vernon (618) 242-7307 Lively Stone Apostolic Church 1700 Oakland Ave., Mt. Vernon (618) 242-1718 Logan Street Baptist Church 601 S. 21st St., Mt. Vernon (618) 241-4100

Pavey Chapel C.M.E. 1004 S. 10th St., Mt. Vernon (618) 244-2642

Long Prairie Missionary Baptist 2350 N. County Rd. 398 Belle Rive (618) 736-2329

Mt. Vernon Community of Christ 12185 E. Oakton Rd., Mt. Vernon (618) 242-4507 Mt. Vernon Family Worship 2920 Veteran’s Memorial Dr. Mt. Vernon (618) 246-9925 Mt. Vernon Seventh Day Adventist 311 S. Horton Dr., Mt. Vernon (618) 244-7064

New Life Harvest 2920 Veteran’s Memorial Dr. Mt. Vernon (618) 246-9925 New Life Missionary Baptist Church 1114 S 25th St, Mt. Vernon 618-242-5285 Old Union Missionary Baptist Church 12100 N. Old Union Ln. Mt. Vernon Opdyke Baptist 9208 N. Opdyke Ln., Opdyke (618) 756-2422 Otterbein United Methodist 310 N. Poplar St., Bluford (618) 791-1909 Panther Fork Baptist 22224 N. Tolle Ln., Texico Park Avenue Baptist Church 900 Park Ave., Mt. Vernon (618) 242-5068

Pleasant View Baptist County Rd. 900 N., Mt. Vernon Power of Change Christian Church 521 Perkins Ave., Mt. Vernon (618) 244-4912 Prince of Peace Lutheran Church 3205 Broadway St., Mt. Vernon (618) 242-5143 Salvation Clinic 1215 S. 10th St., Mt. Vernon (618) 242-5160 Second Baptist Church 605 S. 34th St., Mt. Vernon (618) 244-1706 Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church 1015 Conger Ave., Mt. Vernon (618) 242-5162 Solid Rock Church of God 1703 S. 9th St., Mt. Vernon (618) 242-0600 

Sharing Growing Serving Authentic Worship/Genuine People

Bible Study 9:00 Worship 10:15 601 S. 21st Street Mt. Vernon, Illinois 618.244.4100 loganstreetbaptist.org Building a future that expands the Kingdom

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Waltonville Community Church Main St. & Nirrus Ave. Waltonville

South Hickory Hill Christian Church 7531 N. Vermont Ln., Mt. Vernon (618) 242-0123

Waltonville Free Will Baptist Church 321 S. Hirons St., Waltonville (618) 279-9922

South Side Baptist Church 1800 15th St., Mt. Vernon Southern Illinois Church of God 801 S. 12th St., Mt. Vernon (618) 242-3011

Waltonville United Methodist 111 Hirons St., Waltonville (618) 485-6674

Southwest Christian Church 901 S. 34th St., Mt. Vernon (618) 244-0819

Wesley United Methodist Church 1601 Salem Rd., Mt. Vernon (618) 242-5328

St. Barbara Catholic Church 4281 N. Scheller Ln., Scheller (618) 279-7207 St. Mary’s Catholic Church 1550 Main St., Mt. Vernon (618) 242-1559 Southtown Apostolic Church 1116 S. 15th St., Mt. Vernon (618) 204-5868 Sugar Camp Baptist Church 1620 N. Ina Ln., Belle Rive (618) 736-2783

Summersville Baptist Church 1114 Fairfield Rd., Mt. Vernon (618) 242-1889

Trinity Episcopal Church 1100 Harrison St., Mt. Venron (618) 242-3434

Summersville Pentecostal Church 800 Fairfield Rd., Mt. Vernon (618) 244-4319

United Covenant of Faith 743 Fairfield Rd., Mt. Vernon (618) 242-2840 Victory Christian Center 1719 Broadway St., Mt. Vernon (618) 242-3338

West Salem Trinity United Methodist Church 2900 Broadway St., Mt. Vernon West Side Baptist Church 2900 Veteran’s Memorial Dr. Mt. Vernon Woodlawn Christian Church 501 Green St., Woodlawn (618) 735-2355

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Business Listings Appliances Rent One Rhonda Ray 612 S. 42nd St. Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-5167 070@shoprentone.com http://shoprentone.com


Harvey Behme & Associates, P.C. Lane Harvey, Mary Harvey 2029 Broadway Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 244-9544 • f: (618) 244-9344 mharvey@mlh-law.net www.morrislaneharvey.net Experienced litigators with a background of successful representation of clients involved in hotly contested and complex cases. We represent clients in both state and federal court, state appellate courts and the Illinois Supreme Court. Mitchell Law Office, P.C. A. Ben Mitchell 112 N. 10th St. Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-0705 mitchell@mlomvn.com www.abenmitchell.com

Auto – Used Car Sales Auto Mart of Mt. Vernon Noel Galbarith 1918 Broadway Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-6900 noel@mbn.net www.facebook.com mtvernonbuyherepayhere Tyler’s Jefferson Motors Mike Tyler P.O. Box 1770 Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-0334 • f: (618) 242-4490 john@tylertoyota.net www.tylerscars.com

Banking First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust Duane Gulley, Rebecca Conner 400 S. 34th St. Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 246-7350 • f: (618) 246-7362 duane.gulley@yahoo.com www.firstmid.com/location/mt-vernon We are a community-focused organization with a network of over 50 banking centers, providing personal & commercial banking, mortgages, business loans, trust & wealth management. Duane Gulley, Mortgage Lender; Michele Maher, President/ Commercial Lender.

Construction McMillen Construction Andy McMillen 11801 E Goshen Meadows Rd. Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 237-0480 andy.mcmillenconstruction @gmail.com http://mcmillenconstruction.net You Dream It, We Build It.

Convenience Store

Carpet & Tile Supply So IL Tile & Carpet Supply Robby Tate 513 S. 10th St. Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 244-1500 • f: (618) 244-4646 sitc@att.net

Charitable Organizations YMCA of Jefferson County Mike Corriveau 1304 Broadway Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-7500 • f: (618) 242-5402 mike.ymcajeffco@gmail.com http://ymca.mvn.net

Caseys General Stores – #2154, 2167, 2942 Dave King 1400 Salem Rd., Store #2154 Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 244-0298 davidking@caseys.com www.caseys.com Positive, Polite, Professional, Proud. Our Promise to you.

Clothing Sales


Savvy Boutique Jordan Tate 116 S. 9th St. Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 237-7385 savvyboutique1@gmail.com

Opdyke-Belle Rive School Betty Riley 1930 E. 4th St. Opdyke, IL 62872 (618) 756-2492 • f: (618) 756-2792 www.obr5.org

Computers/Copiers Kunce Computers, Inc. Joshua Kunce 2409 Broadway Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-7514 • f: (618) 242-7518 sales@kunceinc.com www.kunceinc.com

St. Mary School Brett Heinzman 1416 Main St. Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-5353 • f: (618) 242-5365 bheinzman@stmarymtvernon.org http://stmary.school St. Mary Catholic School (K-8) is stateaccredited and nationally certified in (VBRD) Virtue-Based Restorative Discipline. St. Mary School also offers a full-time educational daycare for students aged 3-5. The school is open to all people of faiths.

Electrical Supplies Springfield Electric 11 Fountain Pl. Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-6331 • f: (618) 242-6335 www.springfieldelectric.com

Employment Services Manpower Brenda Malone 4111 N. Water Tower Pl., Ste. D Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-0690 brenda.malone@manpower.com www.manpower.com Manpower is your full-service staffing provider; a global company with a local footprint. Delivering people, jobs, resources and education. An opportunity at Manpower may be right around the corner. Road Dog Drivers Tonya Stutts 1100 S. 42nd St. Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 241-0669 • f: (618) 208-1775 rrdillinois@roaddogdrivers.com www.roaddogdrivers.com

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Business Listings StrataForce Tonya Stutts 1100 S. 42nd St. Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 241-0669 • f: (618) 208-1775 tonyas@strataforce.com www.strataforce.com

Engineers HMG Engineers, Inc Larry Gowler 9360 Holy Cross Ln. Breese, IL 62230 (888) HMG-ENGR bbuchheit@hmgengineers.com www.hmgengineers.com Round Table Design, Inc. Lindsey Bowlin 1020 Main St. Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 244-7819 • f: (618) 244-7823 lbowlin@round-table-design.com www.round-table-design.com

Entertainment Nu Bowl Lanes Amy Stewart 1315 N. 17th St. Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-0300 • f: (618) 242-0169 nubowl@hotmail.com www.nubowllanes.com

Florists & Gift Shops



Newell Furniture & Gifts Sandi Newell 600 N. Main St. Woodlawn, IL 62898 (618) 735-2000 • f: (618) 735-2002 furniture@newellfurnituregift.us www.newellfurnituregift.com

Holloway Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. Jenn Holloway 1001 Shawnee St. Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-5481 hollowayheating@mvn.net

Steffy Home Furnishings, Inc. Bob & John Steffy 700 S. 42nd St. Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-3146 • f: (618) 242-3149 steffyhomefurnishings@mvn.net


Garage Construction/ Pole Barns Built-mor Buildings, Inc. Bill Dagg, Del Wilkins P.O. Box 971 Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 732-8704 www.builtmorbuildings.com

Glass Dealers Mt. Vernon Glass Company, Inc. Bob Feltmeier 1409 Salem Rd. Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-0182 • f: (618) 242-0047 bobf.mvglass@charter.net http://mountvernonglass.com We specialize in custom mirror work and shower enclosures, storefronts, commercial aluminum doors, hardware, new windows & repairs, insulated & tempered glass, plexiglas, and table tops.

Hair Salons

Easton’s Flowers Pam Robertson 229 S. 10th St. Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-0616 • f: (618) 242-3922 eastonsflowers@att.net www.eastonsflowers.com We carry sterling silver Kameleon Jewelry, Corkcircle Canteens & Tumblers, Willow Tree Angels, fresh and silk designs, plants and lots of other gifts and home décor. Family owned since 1951.

Pro Salon Troy Horton 109 S. 32nd St. Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 244-9949 troyhorton@yahoo.com www.myprosalon.com

Hardware Store ACE Hardware Terry Pollard 500 S. 10th St. Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-2375 • f: (618) 242-1687 acemtvernonborowiaks@gmail.com www.acehardware.com

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Ariel Kabat 217 Potomac Blvd Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 244-2300 • f: (618) 244-2333 rbackes@genhotels.com http://marriott.com/mvnfi

Human Services Gateway Foundation Michelle Bertinetti 1080 E. Park St. Carbondale, IL 62901 (618) 889-5656 mxbertin@gatewayfoundation.org http://recovergateway.org For a 24-hour licensed counselor, call (877) 505-HOPE (4673).

Insurance Agencies Bob White Insurance Agency, LLC Robert White 1305 Salem Rd. Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 241-9080 • f: (618) 241-9081 robert@bobwhiteinsuranceagency.com www.quotemebob.com Chaney & Karch Insurance Eric Puntney 801 Main St. P.O. Box 866 Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-2986 • f: (618) 242-4529 epuntney@chaneykarchinsurance.com www.chaneykarchinsurance.com

Darrel Mays American Family Insurance Darrel Mays 2227 Broadway Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 244-7606 • f: (855) 841-8580 dmays@amfam.com http://darrelmays.com If you have an insurance need of any kind, be it mobile, net or face to face, and are looking for quick family friendly service with a great attitude. With 24-hour service and two locations we are here to inspire, protect and restore dreams. The Insurance Alliance, LLP Sarah Beard 3100 Mulberry Ave. Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 532-2277 • f: (618) 532-5324 sarah@tinsurancea.com http://theinsurancealliance.com

Janitorial/Carpet Cleaning Mr B’s Elite Cleaning Service Dedrick Bell 2312 Perkins St. Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 816-1220 dedron30@gmail.com

Landscaping Leaf Removal & Landscape Martin Karch 7859 E. Boyd Rd. Woodlawn, IL 62898 (618) 735-2920 • f: (618) 244-6981 Quality You Can Expect Time After Time. *Environmentally Friendly* Mobile: (618) 231-7859

Laser Tag R & J Tactical Lazer Tag, LLC Shari Copple 12701 N. Hall Ln. Woodlawn, IL 62898 (618) 204-0519 rjlazertag@gmail.com www.facebook.com/rjlazertag

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Business Listings Liquor Stores Plaza Liquor Mart Tammy Hopkins 650 S. 10th St. Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-4262 • f: (618) 242-4263 tammy@ilmarts.com www.ilmarts.com We offer great customer service, selection & prices! Nice selection of fine wines & cheese. Craft, import & domestic beers. Our liquor selection includes trusted brands and new arriving products.

Logistics Milano Railway Logistics Services Mary Federici Burgan P.O. Box 1327 Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-4004 • f: (618) 242-0949 mary@milanorail.com www.miloanorail.com We keep you on track! We offer transloading, storage and logistic services. Served directly by the UP, NS, and EVWR. Service is our focus and location is our advantage.

Ministry Wondrous Works Ministry, Inc. Glinda Jackson 612 S. 16th St. Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (708) 913-3327 gjackson1390@yahoo.com

Moving Company Harlow Moving Jay Tate 2901 Benton Rd. Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-4228 harlowmoving@gmail.com

Nursing Homes

Mt. Vernon Countryside Manor Tyger Downen 606 E. IL Hwy. 15 Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-1800 • f: (618) 242-9080 tyger.downen@kingmgt.com www.mtvernoncountrysidemanor.com Nature Trail, HCC Dixie McGill 1001 S. 34th St. Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-5700 • f: (618) 242-5705 djmcgill@savasc.com

Oil & Gas Stewart Producers, Inc. Robert Stewart 301 N. 27th St. Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 244-3754 well@mvn.net

Pawn Shop King City Cash & Pawn Charles Jones 823 S. 10th St Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 244-2430 • f: (618) 244-3257 mr.woo@charter.net

Plumbing Crawford Plumbing, LLC Lucas Crawford 6075 E. Dayton Dr. Woodlawn, IL 62898 (618) 242-3360 crawfordplumbing15@gmail.com

Realtors/Developers Cross Davidson Real Estate, Inc. Brian Wood – Managing Broker 4140 Broadway St. Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-1234 • f: (618) 242-1868 cdre@charter.net www.crossdavidsonrealestate.com

MG Foley, Inc. Real Estate Cheryl & Myron Foley P.O. Box 688 Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-4200 • f: (618) 242-0443 mgfoley@sbcglobal.net www.mgfoleyre.com

Retirement Living

Residential Living Center Keith King 608 E. IL Hwy. 15 Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 244-9318 • f: (618) 244-9321 keith.king@kingmgt.com www.residential-living.com

Screen Printing RE/MAX Elite — Allison Allison Martychenko 2419 Broadway Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 550-8121 • f: (618) 204-5359 amartychenko@remax.net www.remaxelitesells.com Want honesty, guidance & communication in real estate? The Elite Duo provides clients with DOUBLE the expertise, attention, service & knowledge. We are REALTORS® who abide by a strict code of ethics & use the highest degree of integrity.

Restaurants Bob Evans Farms, Co. Tim Lewis 4424 Fairfax Dr. Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 241-9566 • f: (618) 241-9563 unit_401@bobevans.com www.bobevans.com D.Q. Grill & Chill Bob Windhorst 519 Main St. Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-3900 www.dairyqueen.com/

Team IV Ever Young Screen Printing & Merchandising Michael Young 1903 Olive St. Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 571-2977 allaboutink4@gmail.com

Sports Recreation Battery Specialist + Golf Cars Rylan Donoho 1018 S. 10th St. Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 244-0091 • f: (618) 244-0478 www.bspgc.com

Title Services Jefferson County Title Company, LLC Andy McKelvy 716 Main St. P.O. Box 402 Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-3212 • f: (618) 242-9113 andy@jeffcotitle.com www.jeffcotitle.com

Retail & Discount Sales Glik’s Kristi Ham #6 Times Square Mall Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-1121 • f: (618) 876-7819 kristiham@gliks.com www.gliks.com

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Advertiser Index Aquatic Zoo .......................................................................................... 9 Bright Start Child and Family Education Center ........................ 14 Cedarhurst Center for the Arts ..................................................... 11 Coach House Garages ...................................................................... 21 Community Connections Counseling ........................................... 10 Community First Bank ...................................................................... 20 Continental ............................................................................................ 5 Crossroads Family Medicine ........................................................... 27 Crossroads Community Hospital .................................................. 31 Double Overtime Grill ..................................................................... 13 Downtown Mt.Vernon Development Corporation ................... 10 Drury Inn & Suites Mt.Vernon .......................................................... 7 Holiday Inn Mt.Vernon ...................................................................... 13 Jagger’s Doggie Daycare ................................................................... 35 Jefferson County Development Corporation ............................. 20 Logan Street Baptist Church ........................................................... 35

Mount Vernon Township High School ............................................ 23 Mt.Vernon ............................................................................................ 44 Mt.Vernon Airport ............................................................................. 14 Mt.Vernon City Schools ................................................................... 25 NAPA Auto & Truck Parts ................................................................ 15 NRE ....................................................................................................... 19 Orthopaedic Center of Southern Illinois, Ltd. ............................. 28 Peoples National Bank ...................................................................... 17 Rare Chop House .............................................................................. 43 RE/MAX Elite ........................................................................................ 4 Rend Lake College ............................................................................. 22 Schmidt Automotive Group ............................................................ 38 Southern Illinois Imaging .................................................................. 29 SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital ........................................ 2, 3 State Farm – Tony Wielt, Agent ....................................................... 21

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