McComb, MS Real Estate News

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  Io Moth--Photo by Ben Rauch. You’ve got to go see the “Big Bug” photo exhibit by Ben Rauch at the McComb Public Library while it is on display during the month of July!  Extreme close-up enlargements of moths, butterflies, beetles, and more in full color—come name your favorite today! Ben Rauch (his last name rhymes with “now”) is a Chatawa resident.  He got his first quality 35mm SLR camera when he was a teenager in New Orleans, and he has been taking photos ever since.  Although he never took any formal photographic training, Ben has taken part in many seminars and classes given by photographers such as Kjell Sandved (the Butterfly Alphabet photographer), Cole Weston, Merry Moor Winnett, and Yousuf Karsh.  His photographic experience has varied from working for a model agency doing ...
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Families enjoying the recent Mission Pike County annual picnic at Percy Quin State Park in McComb.   McComb, Mississippi, recently was featured in Effect magazine as an ideal retirement community.  McComb is one of only a few towns certified by the American Association of Retirement Communities.  To become certified, towns must meet qualifications in terms of housing, safety, civic pride, shopping, educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities, and availability of hospital and medical care.  Please read about McComb in pages three and four of the Effect article: http://www.larsonallen.com/effect/spring08/feature.pdf Also, the Mississippi Development Authority, Division of Tourism Development, has its own certification program.  McComb is one of only twenty-one towns in the state...
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Percy Quin State Park south of McComb is one of five Mississippi state parks listed among ReserveAmerica's Top 100 Family Campgrounds.  Around four thousand state parks, national parks, and campgrounds in all fifty states were reviewed before the top 100 were named.  The other winning Mississippi state parks are John W. Kyle State Park near Sardis, Lake Lincoln State Park near Wesson, Paul B. Johnson State Park near Hattiesburg, and Trace State Park near Belden.   Percy Quin, along with Lake Lincoln and Trace State Park also earned the distinction of being among the top fifty fishing spots! Percy Quin was also named in the top fifty for the quality of its hiking trails!   Come enjoy the great outdoors with us-you may like it so much you'll want to live here! ***Did you know?! You can no...
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Pat Cornacchione on sax, with bass player. Ready for some toe-tappin', finger snappin', hand clappin' music?  Then come on down to the McComb Depot Pavilion any Friday in May or October at noon to have lunch and listen to the sweet sounds of the Pat Cornacchione Band!  For three or four years now the band has played downtown to the delight of its listeners.  Although sometimes dubbed a "jazz combo," the band is quite versatile in its offerings.  You'll probably not hear the same song repeated from one Friday to the next (except for requests), as the band's wide repertoire includes not only jazz, but also blues and Latin tunes, among other genres.  The Pike County Arts Council hosts the free hour-long event.  (Pick up a sandwich with chips and a cookie for $5.00, and a drink for $1.00). ...
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McComb, Mississippi: "McComb Railroad Brick Memorial Dedication" On Saturday, April 5, 2008, a couple of hundred people gathered at the McComb Depot Pavilion to honor those who served on the Illinois Central Railroad. The master of ceremonies was Larry Carruth.  McComb Mayor Zachary Patterson welcomed the crowd, and prayer was led by retired porter the Reverend Leon Moore.  Donald Chase, president of the Railroad Retirees Club, gave a history of the brick memorial.  Next, Al Andrews, a real estate developer, spoke fondly of his days growing up in McComb as part of a railroad family.  He recounted how his father was always talking about going "up north" to Gwin, the "end of the road" for the railroad men from these parts.  Of course, Andrews always believed Gwin was located somewhere way...
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McComb, Pike County, MS: American Cancer Society Relay for Life 2008. No replay of last year's torrential rainout! The weather on Friday, May 9, 2008, was wonderful throughout the night.  Clear skies and a light breeze helped to make this year's Relay for Life event at the Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center's wooded walking track a great success! Over $121,000 has been raised by scores of vendors and community sponsors.  The event began with a survivor's reception at the Mississippi Cancer Institute in McComb.  During the opening ceremonies were announcements by event organizer Chastity Burnette, prayer by cancer survivor Jennifer Lindsey, national anthem by Shelby Price, the cancer survivor's ceremony and lap (169 survivors had registered), the caregivers' lap, the kids' lap...
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On Saturday, May 3, 2008, McComb School District hosted "Arts Alive '08," a five-hour-long celebration of music and the arts.  Moved from the McComb Depot Pavilion to the MHS gym due to a threat of rain, the event proved to attract a great crowd, and everyone had a lot of fun! Artwork from students of all grades was displayed in the basketball gym's bleachers.  There was face painting, pottery and jewelry, and lots of food from tents lining Virginia Avenue between the gym and the football field.Performance by "Sharpay" and "Ryan" from the smash MHS production of "High School Musical."There were performances galore-Denman Junior High's Quest class performed a skit, and the Denman Dramatic Tigers and dance team, along with MHS drama students, displayed their acting skills.  Music filled t...
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I saw my first hummingbird of the season a few minutes ago! I had read in the paper about a month ago where the first one was sighted in this area, and at that time I got my feeders out.  I intended to put them up, but it seemed like I always had to do something ahead of that, and so they sat on the kitchen table for weeks, just waiting! Well, finally I set them out yesterday, and behold, this evening a hummer is feeding!Photo from stock.xchng
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McComb, Pike County, MS "Home Builders Association of SW MS 2008 Home and Garden Show"On April 5, 2008, the Home Builders Association of Southwest Mississippi put on its annual home and garden show at the National Guard Armory in McComb.  About forty vendors from all over the area came and displayed their wares.  It was a great time to meet people and learn about all the different home-related businesses in our area.  Adam Pittman of Columbia Block and BrickStan and Beth McMorris, Mc Square BuildersMike Bowers of Mike Bowers ConstructionMicah and Ginger Chaney,The Fireplace Connection, http://msfireplaceconnection.com  Sorry I didn't get everyone there--maybe next time!  I've posted just a few of the pictures here.   *To see more pictures of this and other area events, please visit www....
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McComb, MS 90-Day Residential Real Estate Market Report, 1/1/08-3/31/08Based on Info from the Southwest Mississippi Board of Realtors MLS Statistics Number of Active Listings: 144Average List Price of Active Listings: $139,274Number of New Listings: 59Avg. List Price of New Listings: $153,010Number of Sold Listings: 29Avg. Sold Price of Sold Listings: $100,751Avg. DOM of Sold Listings: 151For comparison, these are previous reports:McComb, MS 90-Day Residential Real Estate Market Report, 12/01/07-02/29/08Number of Active Listings: 133Average List Price of Active Listings: $123,856Number of New Listings: 49Avg. List Price of New Listings: $119,671Number of Sold Listings: 30Avg. Sold Price of Sold Listings: $128,247Avg. DOM of Sold Listings: 154McComb, MS 90-Day Residential Market Report, ...
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McComb, Pike County, MS "Spring Has Finally Sprung!" Spring is really here in Southwest Mississippi, as evidenced by all the profuse blooms in the area.  Dogwoods, Bradford pear trees, wisteria, and of course, azaleas galore!  Above is a photo I made last week showing the changing of the seasons in my own yard: pansies still in bloom as gladioli stems make their way up all around the same flowerbed.  (Can you see the bird feeder in the background?) Come enjoy the season with us as Pike County, MS, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Pike County Lighted Azalea Trail March 24 through April 5.  On the agenda are a Family Day in the Park, a 5K Run through the Azaleas, historical home tours, flower shows, art shows, and more!Check out the calendar of events at www.pikeinfo.com And why not...
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McComb, Pike County, MS "It Ain't the Heat, It's the Pollen, Dahlin'"View from the driver's seat.This is the time of year when Southwest Mississippi gets hit hard with pine tree pollen.  Some places of the country have dust storms; I guess you could say we have pollen storms.  The greenish-yellow substance covers everything-cars, especially.  You might as well not wash your car until it's all over, because the next day it'll be covered again!  Sometimes you could even see the pollen blowing in the wind!  But the last week or two has seemed more intense than usual (witness the pictures!).  When I was younger, the allergy doctor told me I had the worst allergies of anyone he'd ever tested, so I was really surprised to make it through the worst of the pollen invasion without even one sneez...
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By Thomas "Tommy" Morgan, Latter & Blum Hometown Realty ERA Powered
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McComb, Pike County, MS Spring is on its way . . . !This morning I noticed the beautiful Bradford pear trees beginning to bloom! Redbuds are also making their appearances, and dogwoods won't be far behind.  A week or two ago the daffodils started popping up everywhere, and we've had Carolina jessamine and even azaleas blooming during the winter, due to this haywire weather we've been having! Gladioli stems have been rising from their flowerbeds, and irises are preparing for their show.  It won't be long!  But guess what was predicted for this weekend?  Snow!!!  I guess I could have titled this "Spring is Here, But Winter's on its Way!"
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McComb, MS 90-Day Residential Real Estate Market Report, 12/01/07-02/29/08Based on Info from the Southwest Mississippi Board of Realtors MLS StatisticsNumber of Active Listings: 133Average List Price of Active Listings: $123,856Number of New Listings: 49Avg. List Price of New Listings: $119,671Number of Sold Listings: 30Avg. Sold Price of Sold Listings: $128,247Avg. DOM of Sold Listings: 154For comparison, these are previous reports:McComb, MS 90-Day Residential Market Report, 10/31/07-1/29/08Number of Active Listings: 135Average List Price of Active Listings: $131,368Number of New Listings: 55Avg. List Price of New Listings: $139,189Number of Sold Listings: 38Avg. Sold Price of Sold Listings: $102,803Avg. DOM of Sold Listings: 144  90-Day Residential Real Estate Market Report for McCom...
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McComb, MS 90-Day Residential Market Report, 10/31/07-1/29/08Based on Info from the Southwest Mississippi Board of Realtors MLS StatisticsNumber of Active Listings: 135Average List Price of Active Listings: $131,368Number of New Listings: 55Avg. List Price of New Listings: $139,189Number of Sold Listings: 38Avg. Sold Price of Sold Listings: $102,803Avg. DOM of Sold Listings: 144For comparison, these are previous reports:90-Day Residential Real Estate Market Report for McComb, Mississippi, 8/30/07-11/28/07Number of Active Listings: 135Average List Price of Active Listings: $135,138Number of New Listings: 58Avg. List Price of New Listings: $139,308Number of Sold Listings: 37Avg. Sold Price of Sold Listings: $110,636Avg. DOM of Sold Listings: 101  90-Day Residential Real Estate Market Repo...
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McComb, Mississippi-McComb School District's 21st Century Community Learning Centers and Pike County Families First Advisory Board sponsored the first "Why Education? Let's Answer the Question" meeting on Tuesday, January 29, 2008.  I was fortunate to be present among the 150 students, parents, teachers, and concerned citizens who attended the meeting, held in the McComb High School cafeteria.  The goal of the meeting, as stated by Interim Superintendent Therese Palmertree, was to "revisit the concept of appreciating and understanding the value of education in our community." "What do we want our community to look like down the road?" Palmertree asked in her opening comments.  "What do we need to do today to breathe fresh life into our community through education?" Palmertree noted that...
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Villa Jenny is a new guesthouse located in McComb, Mississippi, just off Interstate 55 about an hour and a half from both New Orleans and Jackson, MS.  Villa Jenny is a turn of the century Dutch Colonial home addressed to the personal comfort and immediate convenience of travelers to the Southwest Mississippi area.             All rooms have private bathrooms and queen-sized beds.  Wi-Fi Internet connection is available throughout the home.  Choose from the Yellow Suite, Blue Room, Tan Room, or Green Room.  The following rates apply for regular occupancy per day:  1. Single guest room with private bath            $80.002. Suite with bedroom, bath, sitting room, microwave, and refrigerator            $95.00(Long-term rates are also available.  Rates may be adjusted for longer stays or fo...
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By Thomas "Tommy" Morgan, Latter & Blum Hometown Realty ERA Powered
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90-Day Residential Real Estate Market Report for McComb, Mississippi, 8/30/07-11/28/07Based on Info from the Southwest Mississippi Board of Realtors MLS StatisticsNumber of Active Listings: 135Average List Price of Active Listings: $135,138Number of New Listings: 58Avg. List Price of New Listings: $139,308Number of Sold Listings: 37Avg. Sold Price of Sold Listings: $110,636Avg. DOM of Sold Listings: 101For comparison, this is the previous report:90-Day Residential Real Estate Market Report for McComb, Mississippi, posted 9-1-07Number of Active Listings: 135Average List Price of Active Listings: $123,504Number of New Listings: 78Avg. List Price of New Listings: $134,219Number of Sold Listings: 50Avg. Sold Price of Sold Listings: $109,314Avg. DOM of Sold Listings:111
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On Friday, November 2, 2007, the legendary Bo Diddley visited his hometown of McComb, MS, to be honored in a Mississippi Blues Trail marker unveiling.  This was the 22nd of a planned 100 or more markers and historical sites to be established honoring famous Mississippi musicians.  Diddley is one of the few artists who is still alive at the time of their being honored.  For more on the Mississippi Blues Commission's Mississippi Blues Trail, please see http://www.msbluestrail.org/blues_trail/. Bo Diddley at the blues marker, assisted by Melvin Williams.The marker unveiling was a primary event in the first annual Camellia City Festival, held Friday and Saturday, November 2 and 3, 2007, featuring children's events and scores of blues, gospel, and rhythm and blues musicians providing enterta...
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This was the first walk of its kind in McComb.  The weather was beautiful!  For more information on the American Lung Association of Mississippi and how you can be involved, please visit http://alams.org/ .For more pictures I took this day, along with photos of other events, please visit www.photoworks.com/members/tmorgan100 .McComb Mayor Zach Patterson thanking the lung association for helping McComb become smoke-free in restaurants."Blowing the Whistle on Asthma"Jennifer Cofer, Executive Director, ALAMLeft, Michela McAlpin, Volunteer; right, Merle Eldridge, Director of Development, ALAM
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