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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By Errol Castens Oxford Citizen Years after developers’ boasts fizzled out about the new city they would build between Abbeville and Oxford, a new set of landowners are considering the possibilities for an expansive development. “Lamar Adams and Patrick Sans are the two gentlemen who have purchased that 2,300 acres,” architect Corey Alger told members […]

By Errol Castens Oxford Citizen OXFORD – The City of Oxford’s use of game-day shuttles for this year’s University of Mississippi home football weekends was judged a success – so much so that Oxford officials will likely ask for more capacity next year. “Overall, the system ran really well,” said Matt Davis, Oxford’s parking manager, […]

By Errol Castens Oxford Citizen An area of forested wetlands smaller than a typical living room will require the approval of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers before a retail and commercial development can advance on a 34.97-acre tract in northeast Oxford and adjacent parts of Lafayette County. Developer David Blackburn said he expects no […]

By Errol Castens Oxford Citizen OXFORD – When the Vision 2037 long-range plan for the City of Oxford is adopted – perhaps as early as next month – the work will, in a sense, just be beginning. “The plan provides a revised planning framework from previous City Plans for a significantly improved capability to manage […]

Roger, Walter and I were picking the first of the frost-sweetened collards to complete the order he had from one of the grocery stores in town. After stooping for half an hour to snap off the big leathery leaves and bunch them with rubber bands around the stems, we took a break and sat on […]

By Errol Castens Oxford Citizen OXFORD – Something’s got to give. That was the consensus at a forum for public input on updating Lafayette County’s comprehensive plan. The current plan was adopted in 2008 and has been under review by planner Bob Barber of the Orion Group – the same group leading the “Vision 2037” […]

Last Friday, the High Court of Heaven approved the petition Sue and I started some two years ago, and Frances Pierce became our daughter. Lafayette County Chancery Judge Glenn Alderson was the one who actually signed the papers, and our attorney and friend Reed Martz shared his legal expertise, his encouragement and his own experience […]

By Errol Castens Oxford Citizen OXFORD – The little yellow house on the Square has a new home. Workers from Oxford-based Wortham Construction spend Monday preparing the 17- by 19-foot building for a short but tedious haul down Jackson Avenue East. “Coming down off the platform was the hardest part,” said company owner Wade Wortham, […]

The other codgers and I were chewing our cuds (which tasted suspiciously like bran muffins) down at Arthur’s. Conversation started with the new shopping centers being planned at either end of town. “This used to be ‘way out in the county,’” Arthur said of his crossroads store, where people had been buying spark plugs and […]

This week’s codgertations: • Tuesday morning, I had to get a part for a toilet and decided to swing by my voting precinct a block away after visiting the hardware store. I admit having savored the ironic parallels between the two errands. • Speaking of lying: There’s a great half-minute video on of a […]