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Stream of (semi)-consciousness … • If you’re looking for a last-minute gift for that hard-to-buy-for person on your list, may I suggest a water filter, a flock of chickens or a school? Those are just a few of the life-changing (or even life-saving) items or services you could “purchase” in honor of that person who […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal The federal approval of the Mississippi Hills Heritage Area Alliance’s management plan could mean opportunities for the region’s largest and smallest tourism promoters. The Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area is one of just 49 such areas in the nation. It covers all or parts of 30 counties bordered by I-55 […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal JACKSON – A longtime fugitive serving a 25-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to a litany of felony charges against her children is hospitalized and reportedly close to death. Janet Barreto, 43, had been on the run for five years and was on the U.S. Marshal Service’s 15 Most Wanted […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal OXFORD – Antonin Scalia is the U.S. Supreme Court’s most outspoken “originalist” while Elena Kagan is a former Harvard Law dean who argues for “flexibility” in interpreting the Constitution. The two associate justices, however, enlightened and delighted a full house Monday at the University of Mississippi’s Ford Center with their […]

It’s not particularly cold here on Providence Ridge, but it doesn’t take all that much above or below 75 degrees for me to feel the gravitation of hibernation. Still, amongst meetings, deadlines and at least one nap in the window seat during a break in the clouds, I managed to codgertate a bit: • The […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal OXFORD – The daily traffic backups surrounding Lafayette Schools could be eased next school year if a new connector road is finished by Aug. 1, 2015, as contracted. Lafayette County Board of Supervisors approved 4-0 on Monday a resolution to award a contract for $1,903,049.98 to Talbot Brothers Construction of […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal Oxford Bureau OXFORD – Aldermen have approved increasing pay for Oxford’s Police Department. The action will add more than $80,000 to the 2014-15 payroll in response to police representatives’ assertions earlier this fall that the department loses numerous officers to departments offering better salaries. The pay change will not affect […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal OXFORD – A downtown Oxford congregation is planning for a major upgrade and expansion of its facilities. “The addition helps us address the needs of a growing church,” said the Rev. Eddie Rester, pastor of Oxford-University United Methodist Church, which fronts on University and Tyler Avenues and 9th and 10th […]

Though the differences between the two towns are many, a handful of parallels between Oxford 1962 and Ferguson give the people here good reason to pray for and perhaps reach out to residents there. Like Ferguson, Oxford became the center of national and international attention via riots that were triggered by racial animosity, that were […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal Oxford Bureau OXFORD – Mortgage technology firm FNC Inc. hosted a ceremony to break ground Tuesday for a new headquarters complex on Highway 7 South. Construction of the 68,000-square-foot facility near the company’s current building on Office Park Drive is expected to take about one year, with two connected structures […]