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 – An Oxford nonprofit director’s experiment with teaching creative writing to inmates at Parchman Penitentiary has expanded to another prison and two new inmate populations. Louis Bourgeois, executive director of VOX Press, is in his third year of teaching the Prison Writes Initiative course at Parchman, the state’s oldest […]

By Errol Castens Oxford Citizen OXFORD – Many who saw the plans on paper for the Continuous Flow Intersection at Jackson Avenue and Highway 6/278 were likely skeptical. The animated illustration of the CFI was a little more convincing. Mississippi Department of Transportation officials and Oxford police, however, say driving through the intersection with its […]

By Errol Castens Oxford Citizen OXFORD – A question about the future of the existing hospital property in Oxford has been answered in part: At least one company wants to build a medical office building. The current Baptist Memorial Hospital was sold to Memphis-based Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation in 2011, ending a joint ownership […]

By Errol Castens Oxford Citizen The University of Mississippi plans to renovate part of the old Whirlpool plant across Highway 6/278 from the main campus to expand campus recreational offerings and another part as a transportation hub. “We are looking to add to our recreational facility, but the Turner Center (the current campus recreation center) […]

The Coffee Clutchers were burning perfectly good daylight again the other day, using it up on the porch at Arthur’s sucking up ragweed pollen and coffee. It didn’t take one of us long to bring up the good old days. “Before fire ants and coyotes moved in around here, we used to have lots of […]

By Errol Castens Oxford Citizen OXFORD – Oxford-area developers could continue in a limbo of sorts for several months even if city officials adopt the updated long-range plan in November. Adoption of the plan is likely only a few weeks away unless major revisions are called for, but Oxford City Planner Andrea Correll said turning […]

New Zealand Sauvignon blanc with Chesapeake crab cakes, a rocky cove on the coast of Maine, walking into air conditioning after hot and humid labor, grandchildren tucked safely in grandfathers’ arms, sucking the nectar from honeysuckle blossoms, Captain Kangaroo and Bunny Rabbit and the ancient-but-never-old ping-pong-ball joke, and vocal sevenths and ninths notwithstanding … Snowy […]

By Errol Castens Oxford Citizen OXFORD – The Lafayette-Oxford Foundation for Tomorrow (LOFT) announced recently 10 grant recipients for 2015-16. “In 2015, we’re going to give out $21,482 to nonprofits,” said LOFT Executive Director Jody Holland. “This helps us fulfill our mission to improve the quality of life here in Oxford and Lafayette County.” LOFT, […]

National Radio Hall of Fame broadcaster Paul Harvey was famous for making his listeners feel good. After relating a depressing news item that couldn’t be ignored, Harvey would often say, “Wash your ears out with this …” before offering a story of common grace. The Daily Journal offers an editorial every week on recent good […]

By Errol Castens Oxford Citizen OXFORD – The $25,000 grant that the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation presented to city leaders Thursday will help enhance fitness in hundreds of area residents, but one of the first will be Mayor George “Pat” Patterson. The check is a reward for Oxford’s designation as a […]