Errol Castens

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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 […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal OXFORD – Planners, developers and health-related professionals will likely have a new zoning designation available to them within weeks after the Oxford Planning Commission on Monday approved a definition of Medical District zoning. The proposed ordinance states that Medical District zoning is intended “to create an environment conducive to medical […]

Here’s what’s bouncing around in my skull, hoping to hit something solid: • Were I a betting man, I’d bet most consternation about the new paid parking in downtown Oxford is, as Matthew Copp opined, simply that people don’t like change. Two months from now it will seem natural to feed a few quarters into […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal HOLLY SPRINGS – Hummingbirds will be the delightful focus for three days as Strawberry Plains Audubon Center hosts its annual Hummingbird Migration Festival. The 2,600-acre plantation-turned-nature-center will host countless numbers of the jewel-like birds on their way from across North America to the Gulf Coast, where their pre-winter exodus will […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal OXFORD – Paid parking in downtown Oxford became a reality this week when meters went live, compelling a $1-per-hour fee to claim the choicest storefront spaces between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. Users can pay by coin or debit/credit card, and except on football game days can park all day […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal OXFORD – Lafayette County residents and businesses will see their first rate hike in 14 years for household garbage pickup service beginning Oct. 1. The Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 on Tuesday to approve raising monthly fees for the county’s once-a-week residential pickup fee to $12. The last fee change […]