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 – 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 […]

The sumacs that outpace the pasture clipper every year have waved their crimson flags for most of two months. The linden along the driveway was a solstice celebrator, carpeting the St. Augustine with yellow leaves. Two wild cherries also quickly partied themselves into a naked stupor. The Autumn Blaze maples aren’t big enough yet to […]

By Errol Castens and Jeff Roberson Oxford Citizen OXFORD – Jeffrey Vitter was approved Thursday to become the 17th chancellor of the University of Mississippi. After a day in which Vitter met almost continually with constituency groups from administrators and faculty to students and community members, the Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Institutions of […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal A former employee who had lived with funeral home director Kenneth Roberson was charged Wednesday in Roberson’s death. Nathaniel Arnez Huddleston, 27, was arrested in or near Jackson by Oxford Police Department Investigators with the assistance of U.S. Marshals. He was being returned to Oxford as of late Wednesday, and […]

By Errol Castens Oxford Citizen University of Mississippi Police Department officers lowered and furled the state flag in a Lyceum Circle ceremony as the campus opened Monday morning. The flag was taken to the University Archives, where it will be stored along with the resolutions passed last week by student, faculty and staff governments calling […]

The Oxford Police Department has issued an alert for a car missing from a residence where an apparent homicide took place over the weekend.