Errol Castens

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Dear member of the high school Class of 2015: Greetings. Congratulations. Attaboy. Attagirl. You have probably heard countless people say the four years you just completed are “the best years of your life.” Do not fall into the trap of believing them. We can hope they mean that your high school years are supposed to […]

OXFORD – One of the first people University of Mississippi visitors may encounter is LeCatherine “Cathy” Ivy. She works at the welcome center on University Avenue, offering directions and handling parking permits with a smile and a wave. Some people might find the job repetitive, but the effervescent Ivy, who started working at Ole Miss […]

By Errol Castens Oxford Citizen OXFORD – Premier Lanes had a much-anticipated soft opening on Thursday and an official opening Friday, bringing bowling back to Oxford for the first time since September 2010, when Kiamie’s Bowling Center burned. The complex also includes a bar, restaurant, outdoor lounging area, and a host of games for adults […]

Random thoughts as the pages peel off the calendar: • A friend wondered aloud why none of the people who staged the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” protest last summer on the Lafayette County Courthouse lawn in response to Michael Brown’s death seemed to be at the National Peace Officers Day ceremony on Thursday. They would […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal OXFORD – That ringing in your ears that begins soon after sunrise may not be a sudden onset of tinnitus. In roughly the western half of Mississippi, you may be hearing the maddeningly persistent mating call of Brood XXIII – one of three known broods of 13-year magicicadas. Brood XXIII […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal OXFORD – The 162nd Commencement at the University of Mississippi, at which nearly 4,000 students were awarded degrees, marked both tradition and change. Tradition was evident in the first public words before the ceremony began when a boisterous “Are. You. Ready?” launched the crowd into Ole Miss’ iconic “Hotty Toddy” […]

There are some lessons to be – ahem – drawn from the “Draw Muhammad” erstwhile massacre: • Some who’ll laud a taxpayer-funded crucifix immersed in urine as edgy art and a musical play making fun of Mormons as insightful satire suddenly develop new sensitivities about intentionally insulting other people’s religions when those other people have […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal OXFORD – The initial phase of Vision 2037 is done, and one theme was echoed repeatedly: Oxford’s uniqueness is being diluted. The month-long information-gathering stage of the comprehensive plan update ended Thursday night when some 130 area residents gathered at the Conference Center to hear initial findings. Members of Colorado-based […]

Codgertations that I couldn’t head off at the pass this week: First, about that sinkhole in Oxford – • I’m glad nobody stood around the holey highway singing, from “Smokey and the Bandit,” the song “Eastbound and Down.” • Georgia Beth Griffin pointed out that if the collapse had waited another two days until we […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal Around 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, the Oxford Police Department began getting reports that a hole had opened up on Highway 6 in one of the eastbound lanes of the four-lane highway, between Jackson Avenue and Chucky Mullins Drive (formerly Coliseum Drive). As quickly as they and city maintenance crews could […]