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 OXFORD – Oxford Schools will likely pursue a bond issue this fall to launch what officials say are dire needs for more classroom space and program facilities in the fast-growing district. According to a proposal prepared by Eley Guild Hardy Architects, who have overseen several recent projects for the district, […]

A couple of 2-year-olds in the church nursery play quietly by themselves – one building a skyscraper with blocks, another creating a symphony on a toy xylophone. A handful of youngsters stand around the table-mounted railroad set, placing track and trees and trestles and trucks as each sees fit, occasionally cooperating and often competing in […]

By Errol Castens Oxford Citizen OXFORD – The fourth robbery in just over a month has prompted the nighttime shutdown of an automated teller machine on West Jackson Avenue in Oxford. Regions Bank Branch Manager Glinda Daniels said, “We’re going to close it from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.” Asked if any plans were under […]

By Errol Castens Oxford Citizen OXFORD – People who use wheelchairs or have other mobility limitations will find the Oxford Square an easier trek this summer. The Oxford Board of Aldermen on Tuesday approved a contract with Elliott & Britt Engineering to do the inspection, design, certain construction services and contract administration for the upgrading […]

This column, this week, is an appeal to professing Christians. We disagree on much – from baptism and communion to church government and worship styles. We invoke the peacemaking quote attributed to Augustine – “in essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things charity” – and then disagree on what distinguishes essentials from non-essentials. Forty-three […]

For the past couple of years I’ve been trying to figure out how to reference the latter half of the 50s (the season in life, not the decade when Rock ‘n’ Roll was born). It’s a bit disingenuous to refer to oneself as “middle age” unless one anticipates living past 100, but it’s not very […]

By Errol Castens Oxford Citizen OXFORD – With construction projects having ripple effects campuswide, Ole Miss planners’ work seems a bit like a cross between three-dimensional chess and Whack-a-Mole. Transportation and Parking Director Mike Harris noted a number of small adjustments in traffic and parking capped by two projects – the start on a 1,500-space […]

By Errol Castens Oxford Citizen Just under a month from now, residents along Oxford’s busiest roads may find sleeping just a little easier after the city’s new engine brake ordinance goes into effect on Feb. 4. Commonly called “Jake Brakes” after the patented Jacobs Engine Brake, the hydraulically operated device turns a diesel engine into […]

By Errol Castens Oxford Citizen OXFORD – A new Lafayette County Board of Supervisors met as a group for the first time on Monday. District 2 Supervisor Jeff Busby, District 4 Supervisor Chad McLarty and District 5 Supervisor Mike Roberts – all of whom took office four years ago – were joined by new District […]

By Errol Castens Oxford Citizen Voters in Oxford’s Ward 1 will cast ballots on Feb. 16 to elect a successor to J.P. “Jay” Hughes Jr. as alderman. Ward 1 covers much of the city’s northern edge, from Oxford Commons on the east to neighborhoods along Old Sardis Road on the west, as well as those […]