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By Errol Castens Daily Journal OXFORD – The Oxford Square Alliance will kick off the Christmas season a day before the football season’s apex by hosting its annual Holiday Open House on Friday around the historic Oxford Square. Family-friendly activities and events are slated throughout the day for shoppers and other visitors to enjoy. The […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal OXFORD – A 19-year prosecutor beat a former circuit judge in the runoff for Circuit Judge, District 3, Place 2, in Tuesday’s vote. Assistant District Attorney Kelly Luther of Ripley won the seat by a decisive majority over attorney Shirley Byers of Holly Springs. In the Nov. 4 general election, […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal Oxford Bureau “All roads lead to Rome”? Try “All roads lead to Oxford.” The proof is in Fiscal Year 2014’s revenues from the “tourism tax,” as revealed at Wednesday’s Tourism Council meeting. From Oct. 2013 through Sept. 2014, the two-percent levy on lodgings and restaurant meals and drinks brought in […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal TAYLOR – Plein Air’s commercial district has been approved for qualified resort status by the Alcoholic Beverage Control division of the Mississippi Department of Revenue. Department officials confirmed that the Mississippi Board of Tax Appeals last week upheld an earlier decision by the ABC Commissioner granting qualified resort status after […]

Since the next time we visit in this space will be Black Friday, let me offer some Thanksgiving musings earlier than most and suggest that a week’s concentration on gratitude might be a good thing. Here are a few things for which I’m particularly thankful: • A community whose quality of life even outsiders care […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal OXFORD – Lafayette County residents may be closer to being covered by building codes. The Board of Supervisors held a public hearing Monday about adopting such rules for the first time. As proposed, a modified version of the 2012 International Building Code would apply to all commercial construction and any […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal OXFORD – Seventy-two people from 31 countries became American citizens on Tuesday when they took the Naturalization Oath. Chief Judge Sharion Aycock of the U.S. District Court for Northern Mississippi presided over the ceremony hosted at Oxford High School. “It’s always important for us to recognize our newest citizens,” she […]

Downsizing has been on my mind a lot lately. Yes, that includes the waistline. No, it doesn’t include getting laid off. Mainly it’s about being owned by less stuff and having fewer demands on my attention and time to divert me from higher priorities. Don’t get me wrong: Stuff can be good. I’m looking forward […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal OXFORD – McGregor Industrial Steel Fabrication Inc. reportedly plans to build a new facility in the Max D. Hipp/Lafayette County Industrial Park, expanding on the capacities and services of its present location on Highway 7 South. Lafayette County’s Board of Supervisors voted Monday to sell the 10-acre tract to McGregor […]

Middle-age folks were dealing with random-access memory before Silicon Valley was ever heard of. Here are extremely random items that floated, unbeckoned, to the top of my memory in recent days: • Trying to listen to a political spokesman who speaks like a verbal firehose illustrates why “fast-talking” is a synonym for “not credible.” (The […]