Errol Castens


I'm a news reporter and columnist for the Daily Journal and the Oxford Citizen. Focusing on Oxford and Lafayette County, I've been a part of the L-O-U community since 1991.

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Stories Written by Errol Castens

My late brother-in-law, a lifelong St. Louis resident, used to call us every time the Weather Channel voiced the word “Mississippi” unless it was immediately followed by “River.” “We’re fine, Butch,” we’d assure him. “We’re 300 miles from the Gulf Coast.” We reminded him each time that the only threat from hurricanes in Oxford is […]

By Errol Castens Oxford Citizen OXFORD – The second day-long set of “listening sessions” hosted by the search committee charged with finding a new chancellor for the University of Mississippi yielded a number of recommendations. The meetings were hosted in the Ballroom in The Inn at Ole Miss, with designated times for academic leaders, faculty, […]

By Errol Castens Oxford Citizen OXFORD – Oxford School District’s record enrollment is already squeezing some folks. The “bubble class” that constituted last year’s second-graders at Oxford Elementary School, for instance, has grown from 366 then to 371 now that its members are in the third grade at Della Davidson Elementary. It is the district’s […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal OXFORD – Little new information emerged from Thursday’s review of the Vision 2037, but the urgency of implementation echoed through the presentation. “I didn’t know how far down the road we were with this, and that’s a good thing,” said Oxford Mayor George “Pat” Patterson. Bob Barber, a Hernando-based principal […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal OXFORD – The little yellow house next to Oxford’s City Hall has an uncertain future. The Skipwith Cottage, which came from the estate of the same family that donated land and endowment for the University of Mississippi Museum, has for nearly four decades sat atop a stone-tiled stage that forms […]

By Errol Castens Oxford Citizen OXFORD – The Oxford Police Department began executing new enforcement details in and around the Downtown Square area last week. “The beginning of the academic calendar is always a good time to establish behavioral expectations. We want people to have fun, but we want them to be safe too,” Chief […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal OXFORD – At approximately 9:11 p.m. Thursday, Oxford Police officers responded to 160 Courthouse Square (South Lamar at the Square) after receiving a report of a man brandishing a gun. They identified potential witnesses and a victim, who directed them to the area where the suspect ran. A search located […]

Salvaged from the burning pile of brain cells this week: • Not from Ecclesiastes, but sounds like it: Whether it’s coq au vin or KFC, chateaubriand or cheese puffs, caviar or Cap’n Crunch, every meal ends up in the same place. There’s a parable in there somewhere. • On an equally parabolic subject: Alzheimer’s respects […]

By Errol Castens Oxford Citizen OXFORD – The Lafayette County Fire Department may find the third time is the charm on its efforts to get a new fire station northeast of Oxford. The Board of Supervisors took under advisement Monday a $407,000 bid by Heritage Builders of Oxford to construct the long-anticipated new Fire Station […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal OXFORD – The Oxford Board of Aldermen voted 7-0 Tuesday to remove the state flag with its Confederate battle flag canton from its buildings. The board also voted for a resolution outlining several conflicts between the flag’s symbolism and the city’s values of diversity and inclusion, asking the governor and […]