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MATT PRICE DIANA VAUGHN CAROL CUMMINGS CHRISTINA REESE LAURA WILCOXEN LISA LEHR GARY SPENCE CLINT EILERTS AMANDA WHITE AIMEE GARCIA WHEATLEY JOSH CHANDLER

Pike County

COMMUNITY PROFILE & RESOURCE GUIDE

business development director of business development director of outside sales director of inside sales assistant director of inside sales regional director of publications business development manager marketing consultant customer service director customer service representative

GEORGE PRUDHOMME STEVE GRAFF NANCY ODOM DEBBIE MOSS ANNA MADDOX BONNIE EBERS BILL JOEKS KATHY RISLEY JUDY PRESSWOOD

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MARY KOPSHEVER MILLY MASON AMY SCHWARTZKOPF KATHY SCOTT CAROL SMITH JOSEPH GOETTING BECKY TRAIL KACEY WOLTERS

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KATHY HAGENE CAROL SMITH TERRI AHNER TRICIA CANNEDY TERESA CRAIG JULIE VORDTRIEDE MELINDA BOWLIN

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CHRISTOPHER MILLER

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CRAIG WILLIAMS RHONDA HARSY

Contents Welcome ..............................................................................5 Welcome to Pike County

Location ...............................................................................6 A Beautiful Place to Call Home

Recreation, Events, Culture..........................................11 Places to Go, Sights to See, Things to Do

Business, Industry, Government .................................19 A Regional Center of Commerce

Retirement ........................................................................23 An Attractive Retirement Option

Education...........................................................................27 Educational Excellence Is a Top Priority in Pike County

ON THE COVER A sunset view over lovely Lake Tangipahoa at Percy Quin State Park. ABOUT This book is published by CommunityLink and distributed through the Pike County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development District. For advertising information or questions or comments about this book contact CommunityLink at 1 800-455-5600 or by e-mail at info@CommunityLink.com FOR INFORMATION Pike County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development District, 112 N. Railroad Blvd., P.O. Box 83, McComb, MS 39649, (601) 684-2291, Fax (601) 684-4899, www.pikeinfo.com

Š 2007 Craig Williams Creative, Inc., 4742 Holts Prairie Road, Post Office Box 306, Pinckneyville, IL 62274-0306, (618) 357-8653. All rights reserved. No portion of this book may be reproduced without the expressed written consent of the publisher.

Health Care.......................................................................31 Abundant Health Care Options

Worship ..............................................................................35 Supporting the Community

Invitation ...........................................................................37 Stay a Spell

Index of Advertisers ......................................................38

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Graceful scenery and majestic beauty abound in Percy Quin State Park. 4 Pike County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development District


WELCOME

Welcome to

Pike County was named for Brigadier General Zebulon Pike, who had explored the Louisiana Territory for the U.S. government.

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elcome to beautiful Pike County! Nestled in the southwestern corner of Mississippi, the area is growing and developing, both economically and socially. Though Pike County values its rich heritage, it looks forward to a bright tomorrow. The Pike County Chamber of Commerce is hard at work promoting the community to new businesses and providing the assistance necessary to grow existing businesses. Pike County was organized in the Mississippi Territory in 1815, drawn from what was then Marion County. The county was officially formed when Mississippi was admitted to the Union in 1817. Along with ���������������� ������������������������

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Pike’s Peak, Colorado, Pike County was named for Brigadier General Zebulon Pike, who had explored the Louisiana Territory for the U.S. government. The original Pike County included the area that is now Pike and Walthall counties. The city of McComb was founded in 1872 at a time when the South was still in the throes of reconstruction as a result of the Civil War. At that time, the Jackson and Northern Railroad extended its line 105 miles north of New Orleans. The new railroad terminal became the center of the new municipality, which was to bear the name McComb in honor of Henry Simpson McComb, one of the railroad officials. Many pioneer families

moved to Pike County from New Orleans to work in the new railroad maintenance shops. As you explore the following pages, you’ll see that 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 Pike County has to offer. Whether you are visiting or living in our beautiful community, you are sure to enjoy your time here! We at the Pike County Chamber of Commerce welcome this opportunity to introduce you to our wonderful community. Come visit, and find out why this is a great place to live, work and play. See you soon!

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Magnolia is the county seat. Summit is in the northernmost part of the county, and Osyka borders the south. A total of 200 homes — varying in price from $13,000 to $1 million — are currently for sale in the community. The median home price in Pike County is around $100,000 to $150,000, which would give the buyer a cozy 1,800-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath home. Available homes vary from mobile homes to upscale executive homes with all the bells and whistles. Homes in established neighborhoods come on the market sporadically and usually have quick resale. New subdivisions in the North Pike School District are very popular. Community trends also turn to refurbishing older Victorian homes to help restore some of the historic neighborhoods in town. For information on locating in the Pike County area, contact the Pike County Chamber of Commerce at 800-399-4404.

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Anglers from throughout the region, including longtime Pike County resident Lee Wilson, enjoy the plentiful fishing opportunities in the Pike County area.

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RECREATION, EVENTS, CULTURE

Whether you enjoy swimming, hunting, hiking, canoeing or golfing, there is something for everyone.

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ike County is quickly becoming a destination of choice for all ages, providing a wide variety of recreational and cultural activities for the entire family. Located on the main line of Mid-America, McComb originally had one of the largest car and locomotive shops between New Orleans and Chicago. Therefore, the railroad has always been a large part of the history and culture of the community. The purpose of the McComb City Railroad Depot Museum, which opened in 2003, is to preserve the railroad history of southwest Mississippi through educational means and to promote economic development through heritage tourism. The museum, which is open Monday through Friday from noon to 4 p.m., is staffed entirely by volunteers and includes 892 artifacts, a G-Scale model train and an interactive area that includes buttons that make train sounds and a train whistle. The museum is located at 108 Railroad Boulevard in McComb. For more information, call 601-249-0116.

The Black History Gallery, located at 819 Wall Street in McComb, is a site for investigation, knowledge and study. With a theme of “From Africa, Our Motherland, to America,” the gallery offers a collection and display of African-American pictures, books and other historical materials. The gallery also features local African-American citizens who have made contributions to the city and state. The gallery is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and by appointment. For more information, call 601-684-1130. Located at 325 North Front Street, the McComb Studio of Art and Design Center also houses unique artwork by local artists. For more information, call 601-249-3191. A number of community festivals offer family fun for all ages. The Iron Horse Festival in downtown McComb celebrates the community’s railroading heritage. Held in the spring, the downtown area showcases unique handmade items. Activities include a talent contest, a golf tournament, a beauty pageant and the annual Iron Horse Bar-B-Que www.pikeinfo.com 11


cookoff. The Iron Horse Festival is sponsored by the McComb Main Street Association. Pike County offers outstanding natural beauty; its residents take great pride in their breathtaking lawns and impressive flower gardens. In appreciation of the spring azaleas, the Pike County Azalea Festival features the Lighted Azalea Trail, a Pike County tradition since the early 1950s. Residents illuminate their azaleas with spotlights during this festival, which is sponsored each March by the McComb Garden Club. Festival activities also include historic home tours, flower shows, a juried art show, a 5K run, a golf tournament and a family fun day in the park. In conjunction with the festival, the McComb Junior Auxiliary conducts an annual charity Azalea Ball to fund auxiliary activities. The Flower Lovers Club, composed of members from McComb, Summit, Magnolia and Osyka, conducts the annual Festival of Flowers. Another annual event is the Osyka Daylily Festival, which is sponsored by the Miss-Lou Hemerocallis Society. The Osyka Civic Club sponsors the annual October Fall Fun Fest, and a fall arts and crafts festival is held each September in Summit. The Little Theatre community theatre organization in McComb stages three to four shows each year, and productions include musicals, dramas, mysteries and comedies. Open casting calls are issued before each production. The Pike County Arts Council sponsors concerts and events that feature nationally known entertainers, artists and authors. Looking for outdoor fun? Pike County is the place to be. Whether you enjoy swimming, hunting, hiking, canoeing or golfing, there is something for everyone. Percy Quin

McComb’s Iron Horse Festival, held in spring, celebrates the city’s railroad heritage and offers fun and food for the entire family.

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Quail Hollow Golf Course, in scenic Percy Quin State Park, has been named one of the best courses in Mississippi by Golf Digest magazine.

State Park near McComb offers 1,700 rolling acres dotted with loblolly pines, stately magnolia trees and beautiful flowers. Percy Quin State Park was one of the original state parks cleared and constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. It features a large, freshwater lake, fed by the Tangipahoa River and stocked with bass, crappie, catfish and bream. Hike one of the many trails in the park and enjoy the pine trees and the abundant wildlife such as squirrels, white-tailed deer, rabbits, turkeys and quail. You might even catch sight of an alligator lurking in the lake. Visitors can stay in the park’s lodge or motel, or they can rent a cabin or enjoy one of the many group and individual campsites for both primitive and luxury RV camping. A convention and meeting center is located adjacent to the motel. Percy Quin also offers a golfer’s paradise with Quail Hollow, an 18-hole championship golf course and a nine-hole, par-3 short course. Designed by renowned golf course architect Arthur Hill, Quail Hollow has been ranked as one of the best courses in Mississippi by Golf Digest magazine. A clubhouse features a pro shop and refreshment area. Pay the affordable daily green fees, or take advantage of an annual membership.

Pike County also offers golf at three community courses. Lakeview Country Club, which welcomes visitors, features a nine-hole golf course, and Oakridge Golf Course is a public, 18-hole, par-3 course that features a driving range. Fernwood Country Club also features an 18-hole course and a pro shop, along with a pool, tennis courts, and a lounge and dining room for members and guests. Pike County is home to the scenic, gently flowing Bogue Chitto River, which offers sections of swift waters and small rapids for canoeing and tubing. The Bogue Chitto Water Park features camping, cabins, picnic spots, and tube and canoe rentals. In the northeastern part of the county, Felder’s Campground on Topisaw Creek offers cabins and campsites. Outdoor enthusiasts will also be at home in the 190,000-acre Homochitto National Forest near Meadville. Primitive campsites are available at Nebo and Pipes Lake, and Clear Springs Recreation Area offers a lake, fully equipped campsites, a nature trail, a swimming area, and 12 miles prepared for hiking and biking. Hundreds of private lakes and ponds, as well as Dixie Springs Lake north of Summit, offer fishing opportunities.

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Offering both swift waters and rapids for canoeing and gentle currents for tubing, the Bogue Chitto River is ideal for water enthusiasts of all stripes.

The avid sportsman can enjoy some of the nation’s best deer and turkey hunting in Pike County. Hunts can be arranged on private property or at the Homochitto National Forest, which is open to the public and is only a 30-minute drive away. Small game in Pike County includes squirrels, rabbits, doves and quail. Looking for fun with a faster edge? Look no further than Pike County Speedway, which features a banked, 0.375-mile-high oval track, one of the most popular in the mid-South. Racing enthusiasts can enjoy events from March through October. Pike County is also a hub of shopping activity in southwest Mississippi. The Edgewood Mall is home to Sears, Belk and JCPenney, as well as numerous specialty shops including Shoe Department, Footlocker, Electronics Boutique, and Bath and Body Works. A Super Wal-Mart is located next door to the mall, and Lowe’s is located right across the boulevard. The Kellwood Factory Outlet offers the best for the bargain hunter, while Delaware Avenue and the Pike Center Mart offer numerous retail and grocery stores, along with several discount merchandising outlets. www.pikeinfo.com 15


The Depot District provides a vibrant commercial area in downtown McComb, and the downtowns of Magnolia and Summit also offer shopping opportunities. Antiquers can find a veritable paradise in Pike County’s numerous specialty shops or at the McComb Flea Market and Antique Mall. Pike County also offers bowling, skating and bingo for all ages. Furthermore, the Gospel Opry has performances at least once a month, entertaining locals and also attracting numerous visitors to the area. These offerings and more make Pike County not just a great place to live, but a great place to visit as well. For more information on tourism opportunities in Pike County, contact the Pike County Chamber of Commerce at 800-399-4404. The Little Theatre community theatre organization in McComb stages three to four shows each year.

Calendar of Annual Events January • Pike County Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet • Southwest Bridal Expo at SMCC February • McComb Rotary Auction, usually held the second weekend in February • Magnolia/South Pike Chamber annual Mardi Gras Parade (weekend before Fat Tuesday) March • Pike County Azalea Festival (last two weeks in March with something planned every day from Sunday–Saturday during those two weeks) Cystic Fibrosis Golf Tournament Festival of Flowers First Bank Azalea Luncheon Pike County Arts Council Art Show How Great the Art in Osyka Camellia City Civics Club Coronation McComb Garden Club Coronation Art a la Carte Magnolia Historic Tours & Lunch Magnolia Garden Club Flower Show Palette Party 5K Run/Walk at Edgewood Park Family Day at Edgewood Park Southwest MS Homebuilders Show Lights, Azaleas and Dinner Keep Pike County Beautiful

April • Pike County Miss Hospitality Pageant • Pike County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Fish Fry • Iron Horse Festival May • Cystic Fibrosis “65 Roses Festival” • National Tourism Day at Welcome Center • Beacham Memorial Health Fair • Relay for Life • Noon Tunes every Friday in May and October • Miss Lou Daylily Festival in Osyka June • Farmer’s Market, sponsored by MMSA every Thursday, June–August • Newcomer’s Reception, sponsored by Pike County Chamber of Commerce • Osyka Summer Nights, held the last Saturdays of the month from June–August • Hospitality Day at MS Welcome Center July • Farmer’s Market • Camp Sunshine, sponsored by McComb Junior Auxiliary August • Farmer’s Market • Magnolia Blues Festival

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September • 2nd Saturday Rummage Sale, sponsored by MMSA • Diabetes of SW MS Walk • Cooking Show at SMCC, sponsored by Enterprise-Journal • Pike County Fair & Livestock Show October • Summit Fall Festival • 2nd Saturday Rummage Sale, sponsored by MMSA • Lions Club Horse Show • Osyka Fall Festival • MS Tour for Cure • SMCC Homecoming with 5K run/walk • Pike County Speedway — “World of Outlaws” November • 2nd Saturday Rummage Sale, sponsored by MMSA • Citywide Chili Cook off and Garage Sale in Magnolia • Night of Lights begins last Sunday December • Annual Christmas Parades in Summit, Magnolia and McComb • Open Houses in area businesses • Open House at MS Welcome Center


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BUSINESS, INDUSTRY, GOVERNMENT

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Mississippi and Pike County are noted leaders in the establishment of incentives to attract industrial growth.

Center of Commerce P ike County, Mississippi, is a regional center of commerce, education, finance and medicine. Bisected by Interstate 55 and Highways 98, 51 and 48, this county of just under 40,000 boasts a vibrant economy fueled by a balance of agriculture, retail, manufacturing and service industries. Nearly 40 manufacturers call this community home, producing everything from agricultural products, to metals, to piping, to feed, to manufactured buildings. The Pike County Economic Development District is committed to developing opportunities to both initiate economic growth in the area and help local business owners with new opportunities. Pike County offers low living and operating costs and the safety of a small community with the convenience of nearby major cities such as Jackson, Baton Rouge and New Orleans. In addition, a major interstate and railroad lines service the county. The community is strategically located to offer optimum access to national and international markets. Mississippi and Pike County are noted leaders in the establishment of incentives to attract industrial growth. Numerous innovative

state programs and the cooperative efforts of political leaders and businesses work together to keep the state and county competitive. Mississippi has been consistently ranked as having one of the 10 best business climates in the United States. The community offers business and industry an abundance of qualified workers who have a reputation for being highly productive, and average wage rates are among the most competitive in the nation. In addition, the Mississippi unemployment trust fund is among the most solvent in the United States. Reliable and affordable energy sources are available in Pike County to meet current and future needs of industries and residents. To encourage economic development, Entergy and Magnolia Electric Power Association offer a program of incentive electricity pricing to new or existing manufacturing industries that locate or expand in the community. Southwest Mississippi Community College offers industrial startup training for new or expanding companies, providing a workforce that

Manufacturer .............................................................................................. Employees .............................................................. Products Sanderson Farms, Inc. (Summit) ........................................................................ 1,376 .................................................................. Broilers and fryers Croft Metals, Inc. ................................................................................................ 400 .................................................................... Vinyl and aluminum windows and doors Sanderson Farms, Inc. (Fernwood) ....................................................................... 229 .................................................................... Feed mill Weyerhaeuser Co. (Fernwood) ............................................................................. 210 .................................................................... Wood chips, bark and pine lumber Great American Wirebound Box Co. ..................................................................... 200 .................................................................... Pallet boxes and wirebound boxes and crates Weyerhaeuser Co. (Magnolia) .............................................................................. 125 .................................................................... Corrugated containers Enterprise-Journal ............................................................................................... 65 ..................................................................... Commercial offset printing Morgan Building and Spas ................................................................................... 55 ..................................................................... Manufactured mobile buildings and hardboard siding Byrd Lumber Co., Inc. .......................................................................................... 40 ..................................................................... Southern yellow pine, rough green and dry pine timber

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Southwest Mississipi is ideal for agriculture, including raising livestock.

is custom-tailored to the company standards at little or no cost to the company. Also, the University of Southern Mississippi, in Hattiesburg, provides management training programs. Agriculture remains a vital economic resource, as southwest Mississippi is home to rolling hills and soil that are well suited to timber and livestock. Cattle and poultry are the primary livestock, and pine trees are the major timber product, although numerous varieties of hardwoods are abundant. Pike County is home to major processing plants for both timber and poultry. The community offers a highly competitive banking market that provides a wide range of options tailored to fit the individual, business or corporation. A variety of financing alternatives supplements conventional sources of funding for new or expanding businesses, and Pike County keeps corporate taxes lower through a comprehensive system of incentives, exemptions and credits. These include:

• A Right-to-Work law in Mississippi’s state constitution. • No sales tax on purchases of raw or packaging materials or processing chemicals. • Favorable individual and corporate income tax rates. • Five-year state income tax credits of $1,000 for each new job created. • For companies transferring regional or national headquarters to Pike County, full sales tax exemptions for direct purchases of construction materials, machinery and equipment for the headquarters facility. • State income tax credits equal to 25 percent of child-care expenses. • State income tax credits equal to 25 percent of basic-skills training and job-retaining expenses • State income tax credits for qualified industries in conjunction with certain bondfinancing agreements. • Exemptions from Pike County property taxes, with the exception of school taxes.

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• Exemptions from Pike County property taxes on finished goods through a Free Port Warehouse law. • Job Training Partnership Act assistance provided through the Mississippi Development Authority. • Several available industrial and commercial sites and buildings. The Pike County Chamber of Commerce offers outstanding benefits for its members. These include access to information vital to business growth; the Chamber is the place to go for updated community statistics. In addition, each member has a vote as the Chamber chooses new volunteer leadership each year. Members are eligible for discounts to special events and for special advertising opportunities within Chamber publications. In addition, each member’s business information is highlighted on the Chamber’s Web site. When people call or visit the office, Chamber staff members make referrals to member businesses and organizations. Member brochures are prominently displayed in brochure stands and are included in packages mailed to prospective newcomers, visitors and retirees. In practical matters, each year members have access to one free set of mailing labels of the entire membership. Members have free use of the Pike Room, the Chamber’s meeting room, which accommodates up to 50 people. In addition, the Pike County Chamber of Commerce offers quarterly seminars on timely topics. Most importantly, by being a part of the Chamber, members have the opportunity to have an important voice in the future of the area, as the Chamber works to support economic development and community issues on a continual basis.


Looking for community information? You can be connected to the world in Pike County. The Enterprise-Journal, located in McComb, is a daily regional newspaper; the Magnolia Gazette is a weekly newspaper. Both publications are more than 100 years old, and both consistently win awards in the Mississippi Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest. A total of three AM and 23 FM stations broadcast from Pike County and the surrounding area, carrying a full array of news, entertainment and commentary. Six regional television stations broadcast out of Jackson and Hattiesburg, and cable reception of more than 40 channels includes local stations in Jackson, New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Hattiesburg. Digital local telephone service is provided by BellSouth, and nine national carriers offer long-distance services. Government officials in Pike County remember the constituents they are representing when serving their terms of office, and they do their best to make sure living in Pike County is safe, rewarding and enjoyable. Four municipalities — Summit, McComb, Magnolia and Osyka — are located in the county, and each town has its own elected mayor and town board. Each municipality has a city or town hall, and the county government operates out of the Pike County Courthouse and Annex. Magnolia is the county seat. McComb, the largest town, has an appointed city administrator who works with the mayor and six-member board of selectmen. The county is governed by a fivemember board of supervisors, who appoint a county administrator to oversee the day-to-day operations under a county unit system. Each community also has its own police department. The county sheriff’s department is responsible for law enforcement outside the municipalities and operates a countywide jail. Deputies patrol county roads and communities and respond to 911 calls in their jurisdictions. The sheriff, who is elected every four years, appoints his or her deputies. While there are five separate governing boards in Pike County, including the county board and the four town boards, all government units work closely together for the benefit of all the citizens. For example, both the county and the city of McComb participate in ownership of the Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center and the McComb-Pike County Airport, and all four municipalities and the county supervisors support the Pike County Economic Development District. The various governments also work together on an interjurisdictional drug unit, joint grant applications and support for the county jail. Pike County is a safe, productive and friendly place to call home. Pike County Courthouse in Magnolia is the center of county government.

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RETIREMENT

An Attractive Retirement Option

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ike County is the perfect location for retirees. The following is one couple’s story of why they chose Pike County as the home for their golden years:

We’re retirees, in our mid-60s. We’ve been vagabonds most of our lives, having lived and worked all over the United States and some in South America, too. The place we lived the longest, as adults, was on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, where our children went through school. We retired the first time and opened a seasonal business in Minnesota. We always spent our winters back on the Gulf Coast. When we decided to retire again after 10 years, we sold our business and started looking for our new home. We were looking for an area that would be centrally located between our children, who were now settled in Texas and Florida. We were looking for a place that was green, with rolling land away from the storms of the coast. Our search took us to McComb, and we stayed in Percy Quin State Park. From the first time we drove through this lovely, well-cared-for town, we knew we were home. We visited the businesses and the Chamber of Commerce, and everyone was friendly and welcoming. We looked at lots of homes here, and it took a grand total of two weeks to find the home of our dreams. We’ve found there are many things for a retiree to do here. We’ve become active in Habitat for Humanity, in the Hurricane Katrina relief effort, and in our church. We formed a new Good Sam Camping Chapter, making new friends and having camping fun together. McComb is close to several metropolitan cities; Jackson, Hattiesburg and Baton Rouge are all about 90 minutes away. McComb has plenty of health facilities, doctors and shopping, and there are other choices in nearby cities as well. So, we would say to anyone that is looking for a place to retire or move: COME HOME TO McCOMB!

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As you can see, Pike County is a wonderful, attractive and fun place to spend your retirement. McComb is listed nationally as a Certified Retirement Community, and that title applies to the entire county. The climate is mild but still offers four distinct seasons that are equally breathtaking to behold. Spring finds the azaleas and dogwoods blooming, with green leaves budding on the trees. In the fall, the changing leaves provide a panorama of color that lasts into the winter. Winter blooms brighten the landscape. January — the coldest month — offers an average temperature of 49 degrees, and the hottest month, July, sees an average temperature of around 91 degrees. Even in January, temperatures often rise into the 70s, so residents and visitors can enjoy outdoor activities year-round. The average annual rainfall is 41 inches, and snow is rare. A favorite pastime for Pike County retirees is golf, available at four courses, three of which are open to the public. Seniors are often offered special rates. The Pike County Arts Council sponsors a year-round calendar of cultural events and entertainers, bringing in nationally known artists and writers to the community. There are public walking tracks, both indoor and outdoor, as well as two health clubs and a Curves for Women that accepts membership from the public. Many of the area churches offer family life centers or other facilities available to members and non-members, and the larger churches all have programs and activities for retirees and senior citizens. There are bridge clubs, literary clubs, garden clubs, service clubs and numerous social organizations that retirees enjoy here, as well as plenty of opportunities for those who like to give back to the community. The Pike County library system is second to none in comparison to other communities of this size, and library branches are located throughout the county. The Institute for Learning in Retirement at Southwest Mississippi Community College offers special courses at special rates to seniors in a variety of topics.

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Nature provides a wide array of activities for the outdoorsman, including numerous hunting and fishing opportunities. If you are a resident over the age of 65, you can hunt or fish without purchasing a license. Deer and wild turkey are abundant. Small game, including squirrels, rabbits, doves and quail, is available. Numerous ponds, lakes and streams are stocked with bass, crappie, catfish and bream. For those longing for the open sea, Pike County is only a two-hour drive from the Gulf of Mexico. If you occasionally desire the offerings of a major metropolis, Pike County is within a 90-minute drive of Jackson, New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Hattiesburg. Housing is available in almost any price range; the average price is between $100,000 and $150,000. If apartment living suits you, there are plenty of options, including condominiums for sale or lease. Pike County’s tax structure is attractive to all residents, but especially so for those over 65. If you own your own home, the property is taxed at only 10 percent of its true value. Homestead exemption, which forgives part of the taxes on all owner-occupied homes, is double for those over 65. This means seniors pay no property taxes on homes worth less than $75,000 and only on 10 percent of the value of homes appraised at $75,000 or more. The Mississippi income tax structure also benefits senior citizens and retirees. Pension income, including Social Security, is exempt from state income taxes. Married couples over 65 filing joint returns can annually earn up to $20,000 above their pensions without paying any state income tax. Pike County health care facilities are equipped to provide excellent medical care for both acute and long-term needs. Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center is an accredited acute-care hospital with a trauma center and separate centers for physical rehabilitation, cancer treatment, and cardiac care and procedures. Southwest Regional offers special privileges to senior citizens, both in wellness programs and in expediting their medical care. More than 75 physicians practice in Pike County, home to several longterm-care health facilities and assisted-living facilities. The area is also equipped with an enhanced, countywide 911 system for quick response to any type of emergency. Fire and police protection is also available throughout the county. Pike County can offer everything you are looking for and more as you choose your retirement home. Come home to McComb!


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EDUCATION

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South Pike is known for excellence in academics and athletics, with high ACT scores and numerous state championships.

in grades nine through 12. An alternative school, Summit School, is available for students who need those services. The largest of the county’s three public school districts, McComb has implemented a highly successful Healthy Schools Project, which provides a safety net to help improve the health, social and academic outcomes and experiences of the district’s children. For more information, call 601-684-4661.

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North Pike School District, with administrative offices located in Summit, serves students in the northern, rural portion of the county. Home to 2,115 students, the district includes three buildings: North Pike Elementary School, North Pike Middle School and North Pike High School. North Pike Elementary has developed an excellent character-education program, while a number of athletic programs have been added at the middle and high school, including junior high baseball, track, tennis, golf, bowling and soccer. The high school offers expanded electives with distance-learning opportunities that partner them with other high schools in the state. In addition, the district has been very successful with standardized testing, scoring at Level 5 for both the elementary and high school and Level 4 for the middle school. A number of building and renovation projects are currently under way, including a new softball field, band practice field, football practice facility, and 4,000square-foot gymnasium at the high school. For more information, call 601-276-2216.

South Pike School District South Pike School District operates a high school, junior high and three elementary schools, as well as an alternative school and a parent center. In addition, it is closely associated with area businesses and communities.

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South Pike is known for its high ACT scores and excellence in academics. It provides a wide range of advanced placement courses for the academically gifted and technical courses for the vocationally inclined. South Pike also has outstanding athletic teams that have won state championships in football, basketball and baseball. South Pike also offers competitive tennis, track, golf, softball, power lifting and soccer. Strict discipline is maintained, with zero tolerance for drugs and weapons.

Parklane Academy Parklane Academy in McComb, a parent-governed, college-preparatory school, exists “to challenge young Christian men and women to love others as themselves and to grow in knowledge and skill in order that they may serve others through their character and leadership.” Serving 900 students in kindergarten through 12th grade, this private school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Mississippi Private School Association. Parklane is recognized for its outstanding extracurricular program and is known throughout the state for the championships it has won in football, basketball and baseball. For more information, call 601-684-8113.

St. Alphonsus Catholic School St. Alphonsus Catholic School in McComb is home to 232 students in preschool (age 1) through sixth grade. With a mission to provide “Christ-centered academic excellence,” the school plans to add a seventh grade class during the 2007–2008 school year and an eighth grade class the following year. St. Alphonsus offers accelerated reading and math programs, as well as extracurricular activities that include art, music, Spanish Club, Chess Club and Beta Club. For more information, call 601-684-1843.


Southwest Mississippi Community College Southwest Mississippi Community College (SMCC) in Summit provides academic, career and continuing-education opportunities, meeting the diverse needs of the population at a reasonable cost. SMCC also provides community services and promotes economic development through consultative and workforce training. Its curriculum offers a twoyear college transfer program applicable to a bachelor’s degree, and career and technical programs leading to employment or skills enhancement are provided. The college offers a two-year associate degree in art or science, as well as a number of certificate programs. Students can choose from a variety of options, including carpentry, welding, practical nursing, nursing assistant, massage therapy, child development, automotive technology, cosmetology, office systems technology, and occupational safety

and health. For more information, call 601276-2000.

Additional Resources In addition to SMCC, many Pike County residents pursue higher education opportunities at the University of Southern Mississippi, located just 70 miles away in Hattiesburg, and Southeastern Louisiana University, which is only 55 miles to the south in Hammond. The Pike-Amite-Walthall Library System is an integral component of the educational system in Pike County. The system’s headquarters at McComb Public Library opened a new building in March 2000. In addition to the main library, the system offers branches in Liberty, Osyka, Crosby, Magnolia, Progress, Gloster and Walthall and at the Alpha Center in the Baertown community. The Pike-AmiteWalthall Library System offers a wide variety of children’s materials, print materials, genealogy information and online resources.

With branches throughout the county, the Pike-Amite-Walthall Library System is an important educational and entertainment resource for all ages.

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Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center and Beacham Memorial Hospital meet the area’s medical needs with the utmost compassion and professionalism.

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HEALTH CARE

Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center’s mission is to improve the standards of health care in southwest Mississippi and adjoining Louisiana…

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Health Care Options Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center (SMRMC) in McComb, established in 1969, serves a seven-county area. SMRMC also draws from two parishes in neighboring eastern Louisiana. According to the most recent Certificate of Need records, SMRMC’s extended service area is a largely rural population of 170,000 individuals. SMRMC has developed an integrated health system that provides comprehensive, state-of-the-art health care to a population that would otherwise have to travel 60 to 100 miles to Jackson, Mississippi; New Orleans; or Baton Rouge for such levels of service. SMRMC includes the 160-bed Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center, which has more than 1,000 employees and 70 physicians on staff; the Mississippi Cancer Institute, specializing in the treatment and prevention of cancer; a 20-bed geriatric/psychiatric unit; and a home health service serving 17 counties. In addition, SMRMC owns and operates nine clinics, including rural health clinics, an internal medicine clinic and an

outpatient rehabilitation center. SMRMC also manages and operates Lawrence County Hospital in Monticello, Mississippi. SMRMC’s mission is: • To attain regional leadership in the health care field. • To provide excellence in health care. • To improve the standards of health care in southwest Mississippi and adjoining Louisiana. • To provide superior facilities and needed services to enable physicians to best serve the needs of their patients. • To generate measurable benefits for the community, the medical staff, the employee, the hospital and, most importantly, the patient. Programs also include inpatient rehabilitation services, neurology, anesthesiology, gastroenterology, ophthalmology, pathology, emergency medicine, general surgery, vascular surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, cardiology, obstetrics/ gynecology, oral maxillofacial surgery, orthopedics, pathology, pediatrics, radiology, psychology, radiation oncology, urology, and ear, nose and throat.

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Important Numbers Aston Court Retirement Home 601-249-0023 Beacham Memorial Hospital 601-783-2351 McComb Extended Care and Nursing Home 601-684-8111 McComb Nursing 601-684-8700 Pike County Health Department 601-684-9411 Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center 601-249-5500

Beacham Memorial Hospital In addition to Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center, Pike County residents can choose Beacham Memorial Hospital, a 37-bed acute-care hospital located in Magnolia. The hospital was founded in 1938 by the late Dr. A.V. Beacham and is now operated by the nonprofit South Pike Hospital Association Inc. The mission of Beacham Memorial Hospital is “to serve our community by providing quality health care services, promoting wellness and healthful living,” and its vision is “to improve the health of the people in the community we serve, through professionalism and community education.” Beacham Memorial Hospital offers a wide range of services, with a dedicated family of doctors, nurses and health care professionals.

Services include a cardiac emergency network, diagnostic cardiology, ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) trained nurses, laboratory, blood bank, dietary training, outpatient services, speech therapy, social services, respite care, physical therapy, respiratory therapy, respite care, radiology, ultrasound and CT scans. A modern county health department administers public health programs, and several privately owned medical clinics are available. In addition, three retirement homes and extended-care facilities serve Pike County: Aston Court Retirement Home, McComb Nursing, and McComb Extended Care and Nursing Home.

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eautiful Pike County offers the warmth and hospitality that is a trademark of the South. Here, people love their neighbors and communities, and they are always willing to lend a helping hand to friends and strangers alike. But there’s more to Pike County than rural warmth and charm. Many services are easily accessible, from medical facilities, to quick transport, to the latest high-tech connections to the global community. Residents can enjoy an exciting, fun-filled day in nearby urban centers, and then come home to the bright, starry nights and sweet, soothing quiet of the country. Safe and peaceful neighborhoods abound, and the area offers a wide array of affordable housing and excellent schools. Progressive leadership is ready and waiting to help businesses expand or relocate here, and industry leaders soon learn that the local workforce is unmatched in training and commitment. Visitors are always welcome in our community, but we also love to meet new neighbors. Come join us in Pike County, and discover that a move to southwestern Mississippi will truly enhance your family’s quality of life.

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Index of Advertisers ARCHITECTS Watkins & Cox Architects 110 N. Broadway P.O. Box 65 McComb, MS 39649 (601) 684-6181 fax (601) 684-3638 stevecox@telepak.net

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Commercial, Institutional, Light Industrial, Residential Building Design. Steve Cox, Owner

ARTS Gulf/South Gallery 228 5th Avenue McComb, MS 39648 (601) 684-9470 fax (601) 249-0927

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ATTORNEYS John Gordon Roach, Jr. Attorney At Law / Roach & McMillan Page 39 P.O. Box 506 McComb, MS 39649 (601) 684-6630 fax (601) 684-6631 roachandmcmillan@bellsouth.net roachandmcmillan.com

AUTO REPAIR Midway Auto Parts & Service, Inc. P.O. Box 806 Summit, MS 39666 (601) 276-2923 fax (601) 276-2982 midwayauto@bellsouth.net

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CREDIT CARD PROCESSING Retriever of Jackson Page 3 1034 Oakleigh Drive Summit, MS 39666 (601) 248-9955 fax (601) 684-9357

DISTRIBUTORS Southwest Distributors 1036 Gordon Covington Road P.O. Box 1148 Summit, MS 39666 (601) 276-2425 fax (601) 276-3545 www.bud4u.com

EDUCATION McComb School District

Our firm handles legal matters in the following practice areas: General Civil and Trial Practice in all Courts. Personal Injury, Negligence, Real Estate, Probate, Insurance, Corporate and Family Law.

112 Commerce Street McComb, MS 39648 (601) 249-3112 fax (601) 684-0566 stewartr@robison-holmes.com

2035 Highway 98 East McComb, MS 39648 (601) 684-5010 fax (601) 684-5096 www.southernbuildingsupplies.com

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695 Minnesota Avenue P.O. Box 868 McComb, MS 39649 (601) 684-4661 fax (601) 249-4732 www.mccomb.k12.ms.us

Southwest Mississippi Community College 1156 College Drive Summit, MS 39666 (601) 276-2000 www.smcc.edu

104 S. 5th McComb, MS 39648 (601) 684-1843 fax (601) 684-1831 stalphonsus@bellsouth.net www.stalphonsuscatholicschool.com

Page 29 FARMS Sanderson Farms, Inc. P.O. Box 867 McComb, MS 39648 (601) 684-9375 fax (601) 684-5843 mwalker@sandersonfarms.com www.sandersonfarms.com

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FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS Citizens Bank - Columbia

South Pike School District

First Bank - McComb

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South Pike School District strives to provide equal educational opportunities and excellence in learning. Its goal is to encourage student development — academically, physically, emotionally and morally.

38 Pike County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development District

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Continuing Excellence in 2007

Since its founding in 1890, the McComb School District has been at the forefront of educational excellence through its emphasis on superb academics and strong community support.

Auto parts and repair

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St. Alphonsus Catholic School is a pre-kindergarten through grade six school, providing quality education in a Christian setting. Affiliated with St. Alphonsus Catholic Church.

105 N. Clark Avenue P.O. Box 350 Magnolia, MS 39652 (601) 783-5311 fax (601) 783-6044 www.citizensbk.com

250 W. Bay Street Magnolia, MS 39652 (601) 783-3742 fax (601) 783-6733 chall@spike.k12.ms.us southpike.org

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SMCC provides academic, career and occupational/ technical education/training. This is a locally governed, publicly supported institution serving the citizens of Amite, Pike, Walthall and Wilkinson counties.

St. Alphonsus Catholic School

Retriever is a locally owned and operated merchant services company providing 24-hour sales, customer support and service.

Gulf South Gallery, established in 1971 as a showcase for the finest of Mississippi arts and crafts. • Paintings • Jewelry • Cast Paper • Prints • Functional & Decorative Pottery

Robison & Holmes, PLLC Attorneys at Law

BUILDING MATERIALS Southern Building Supplies, Inc.

100 S. Broadway P.O. Box 808 McComb, MS 39649 (601) 684-2231 fax (601) 249-2738 www.firstbankms.com

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FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES Catchings Funeral Home Page 29 506 Maryland Avenue P.O. Box 987 McComb, MS 39649 (601) 684-2211 fax (601) 684-1716 catchingsfh@yahoo.com www.dignitymemorial.com


GOLF COURSE Quail Hollow Golf Course 1102 Percy Quin Drive McComb, MS 39648 (601) 684-2903 quailhollowgolf@bellsouth.net www.quailhollowgc.com

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A premier golf experience located in beautiful Percy Quin State Park. Quail Hollow is 6,700 yards of championship golf that never plays the same way twice.

GOVERNMENT City of Magnolia

180 S. Cherry Street Magnolia, MS 39652 (601) 783-5211 fax (601) 783-2211 cityofmagnoliams@bellsouth.net www.cityofmagnoliams.com

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Magnolia is a beautiful Victorian town with many activities occurring throughout the year. These include a Mardi Gras parade and festival, Fourth of July party, and many parades. Call 601-783-5211 for specifics.

City of McComb

115 Third Street P.O. Box 667 McComb, MS 39649 (601) 684-4000 fax (601) 684-7656 www.mccomb-ms.com www.discovermccomb.com.

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Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center Outside Back Cover 215 Marion Avenue McComb, MS 39648 (601) 249-5500 fax (601) 684-5182 to dial patient’s room: 249-1 + Room # www.smrmc.com

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Need a Doc? Call: 601-249-DOCS Web: www.smrmc.com Web: www.mscancercare.com

We offer computerized engraving on trophies, plaques and corporate gifts. Expert watch and jewelry repair (including laser welding). Outstanding selection in our spacious showroom. Certified Gemologist Appraiser on staff. 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Mon.–Fri., and second Sat. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

HOTELS / MOTELS / BED & BREAKFASTS Hawthorn Inn & Suites Page 1

LOCKSMITH O’Quin Safe & Lock

2001 Veterans Boulevard McComb, MS 39648 (601) 684-8655 fax (601) 684-9570 hawthorn@exit18.net www.hawthorn.com

Built with the corporate traveler in mind, yet enough Southern hospitality to make families feel at home. • New Orleans-Style Courtyard for Relaxation • Complimentary Breakfast Buffet • Wednesday Night Manager’s Social Hour

1210 Parklane Road McComb, MS 39648 (601) 249-3828 fax (601) 249-3854 parklane@heritageproperties.com www.heritageproperties.com

175 S. Cherry P.O. Box 431 Magnolia, MS 39652 (601) 783-5289 fax (601) 783-4101 chuckl@co.pike.ms.us www.co.pike.ms.us

1311 Delaware Avenue McComb, MS 39649 (601) 684-1517 fax (601) 684-1534 selmans@cableone.net www.selmansjewelers.com

• Cardiovascular Institute of Mississippi • Mississippi Cancer Institute • Emma B. Holmes Women’s Center

HOUSING/APARTMENTS Parklane Apartments

Pike County Board of Supervisors Inside Front Cover

JEWELERS Selman’s Jewelers - Gemologist

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P.O. Box 623 McComb, MS 39648 (601) 249-2418

Commercial and residential lock service is my primary business. Lockout service, re-key or replace existing locks, along with car opening/safe opening/repairs, installation/ service of commercial hardware, key cutting.

MANUFACTURING Dixie Packaging, Inc. 1183 Dixie Spring Road Summit, MS 39666 (601) 276-9317 fax (601) 276-3796 dixiepackaging@hotmail.com www.dixiepackaging.com

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We specialize in the production of low-density polyethylene materials for a wide variety of packaging uses. The owners/operators have over 100 years combined experience in the plastics industry.

Parklane Apartments is an 88-unit apartment community located near schools, churches and shopping. Our community is uniquely designed to suit your active lifestyle.

Pike County is governed by a five-member Board of Supervisors, each of whom is elected from separate districts. The county in its entirety is located in the 3rd U.S. Congressional District.

HEALTH CARE McComb Extended Care 501 S. Locust McComb, MS 39648 (601) 684-8111 fax (601) 684-2881 admin@mccombextendedcare.com

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McComb Extended Care offers Specialized Wound Care directed by Dr. Glenn Ziedman, D.O; Orthopedic and Stroke Recovery directed by Dr. Thomas Jeffcoat; and a Long-Term Care Unit directed by Dr. Harry Frye.

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PHARMACY Super D Express RX 200 Marion Avenue McComb, MS 39648 (601) 684-7621 fax (601) 684-8250 superd231@superd.com www.superd.com

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Home-Owned, Independent Pharmacy! In business for 14 years, employing people you know and trust. Call or come by, let us serve you!

PHYSICIANS/SURGEONS STATCare P.L.L.C. 1017 Delaware Avenue P.O. Box 1909 McComb, MS 39649 (601) 250-1122 fax (601) 250-0290

Highway 51 South Summit, MS 39666 (601) 276-7450

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311 Apache Drive, Suite A McComb, MS 39648 (601) 249-3400 fax (601) 249-3480 www.dougrushingrealty.com

ERA Wild Realty, Inc. 200 N. Broadway Avenue P.O. Box 725 McComb, MS 39649 (601) 684-2131 fax (601) 684-2408 office@WildRealty.com www.WildRealty.com

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Selling real estate is more than an occupation … it’s our passion. I assure you that our highly trained agents, with their unparalleled commitment and unmatched expertise, will surpass all your expectations.

Hemphill Realty Group Inc. 1409 Delaware Avenue McComb, MS 39648 (601) 684-2000 cell (601) 248-7637 hemphillrealty@bellsouth.net

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Whether you’re buying or selling your family home or property, let the hometown professionals help with all your real estate needs.

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Every step of the way, HOMETOWN REALTY, Inc. gives you personalized service, guidance and the expertise of real estate professionals. Our service and extraordinary marketing will exceed your expectations.

4124 Highway 24 West McComb, MS 39648 (601) 250-0017 fax (601) 684-2339 gibsonrealty@bellsouth.net www.unitedcountry.com/mccombms

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Use “My Property Tracker” on our Web site to be e-mailed new listings.

RETAIL The Brass Hanger Boutique 1200 LaSalle Street, Suite 13 McComb, MS 39648 (601) 684-0622 fax (601) 684-3623

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Edgewood Mall

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1722 Veterans Boulevard P.O. Box 1205 McComb, MS 39649 (601) 684-4809 fax (601) 684-4855 edgewoodmall.net

Edgewood’s department stores are Sears, McRae’s and JCPenney. Our inviting collection of specialty boutiques and shops offer a wide assortment of merchandise, apparel and gifts. A festive, skylit food court offers several specialty restaurants and American, Mexican and Chinese fare.

McComb Electric Supply Co, Inc. 120 South Railroad Boulevard P.O. Box 707 McComb, MS 39648 (601) 684-1160 fax (601) 684-1185 richard@mccombelectric.com www.mccombelectric.com

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Our 8,000-square-foot lighting and appliance showrooms feature name-brand fixtures and fans and appliances from Wolf, Sub-Zero, Jenn-Air, Maytag, Fisther & Paykel, Amana, Thermador, Bosch, Kitchenaid, and Whirlpool. Store Hours: Monday - Friday 7:30–5:00 Saturday 8:00–2:00

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Thomas Fashions 116 N. Broadway McComb, MS 39648 (601) 684-0521 fax (601) 684-3287

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• Men’s Fashions • Tuxedo Rental/Sales

RV - DEALERSHIP/REPAIR Bus Supply Company, Inc. Page 28 2084 Highway 98 East P.O. Box 1389 McComb, MS 39649 (601) 684-2900 fax (601) 684-0393 bussupply@telepak.net www.bussupply.com

SERVICES - CUSTOMER East McComb Check Cash 603 Pearl River Avenue McComb, MS 39648 (601) 249-3100 fax (601) 684-0960 emcc@eastmcc.net

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We offer fast payday advances on personal checks and car title loans. We have a friendly staff that truly cares about the people we serve and their financial situations.

Central Office Supplies, Inc. 216 West Michigan Avenue P.O. Box 551 McComb, MS 39648 (601) 684-2982 fax (601) 684-4069 cenoff@bellsouth.net www.centralofficesuppliesinc.com

1256 Highway 51 North Brookhaven, MS 39601 (601) 823-1259 www.statewidepools.com

REAL ESTATE Doug Rushing Realty

703 Delaware Avenue McComb, MS 39648 (601) 249-0485 fax (601) 249-0496 www.hometown-gmac.com

United Country - Gibson Realty

We provide services including physicals, drug screening, workers compensation cases, minor emergencies, cold and flu, and much more. Lab and X-ray in the building. Open 7 days a week.

POOLS Statewide Pools Inc.

HOMETOWN REALTY, Inc. / GMAC Real Estate


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