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By Errol Castens Daily Journal OXFORD – A federal inmate being held on several charges involving illegal sexual activity with a minor died Tuesday morning at the Lafayette County Detention Center. The U.S. Marshals Service was notified about 7 a.m. Tuesday that Bobby Allen Osborne had been found dead in his cell. Marshals Service personnel […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal OXFORD – It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that The Orchard Oxford aims at the biblical principle of new life. The United Methodist congregation, planted by The Orchard in Tupelo, aims to be “a church for everyone.” An ironic application of that principle is that the church has just […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal Oxford Bureau OXFORD – Tourism continues to grow as an industry in Oxford, and industry leaders have plans in place to keep it on an upswing. The town has 94 more hotel rooms in newly opened TownePlaces Suites by Marriott, and three other hotels are in various stages of construction. […]

The poorest man, if he reads, can claim a wealth of wisdom. Here’s a sampling of what’s at my fingertips in my small, personal library. • “A town needs public squares; they are the largest, most public rooms that the town has. But when they are too large, they look and feel deserted.” – from […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal OXFORD – A Confederate history organization is asking Lafayette County Chancery Court for an injunction and temporary restraining order to keep the University of Mississippi from making changes to Civil War memorials on its Oxford campus. The Sons of Confederate Veterans Mississippi Division’s petition was filed Sept. 18 by attorney […]

As we met each other going from one task to another the other day, Roger and I both recognized that my front porch was suffering from an unusually long stretch of not being sat on nor philosophized from. We agreed to remedy the situation as soon as he could halfway clean up from his garden […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal OXFORD – A developer will ask for approval to build a 94-room hotel on South Lamar Boulevard, between the current Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi and the replacement for which site preparation is in progress nearby. Andy Callicutt, represented by engineer Jeff Williams, has submitted paperwork to the Oxford Planning Commission […]

“I want a cricket for Christmas.” Those were my wife’s first words the other morning.Crickets and their music are endearing at a distance on a summer night, but I reminded her of the couple of times we’d had a cricket in the house and how maddening its up-close chirps were – enough so that when […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal OXFORD – Oxford loves company, especially during football season, but it’s a bit like a gracious hostess who lives in a charming but cramped cottage. Its compact footprint and the narrow streets in some popular areas make common pre- and postgame rituals of trickling traffic, poached parking places and hefty […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal A new hotel has opened in Oxford, just in time for the first University of Mississippi home football game of 2014. TownePlace Suites by Marriott is the latest property to be built by Charter Road Hospitality. Chan Patel, director of operations for the family-owned company, said the last-minute rush of […]