Errol Castens

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The Book of Judges – the seventh book of the Old Testament, in most Bibles – is a disturbing one. There’s a serious scarcity of green pastures, still waters and other peaceful imagery. It is, instead, a narrative of debauchery, depravity, betrayal and unbelief. Its setting is the Promised Land, after the death of Joshua, […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal OXFORD – Lafayette County Supervisor races for Districts 1 and 3 have drawn multiple candidates for each position after Mike Pickens and Robert Blackmon, respectively, announced their retirements from office. The District 1 Supervisor race has attracted six candidates. In the Democratic primary are attorney Kevin Frye, city of Oxford […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal OXFORD – Residents, students and other community members turned out on Monday, dedicating their Martin Luther King Jr. birthday observance to volunteer efforts and encouragements. The kickoff was a volunteer fair and awards ceremony at Oxford Activity Center. More than a dozen organizations from the American Red Cross and Retired […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal To say that whitetail deer hunting in Mississippi has changed over the past couple of generations is akin to saying a hurricane is a bit breezy and damp. Time was when a deer was a rare sight in much of the state. “I can remember my grandfather, when I was […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal ABBEVILLE – Rock-lined drainages and a few other details are still in progress, and final inspections are yet to be performed, but the new Highway 7 bridge over the Tallahatchie River is nearing completion. Jason Scott, a spokesman for the Mississippi Department of Transportation, said the project was deemed 94 […]

One of the privileges of this job is having witnessed quite a few trials, including jury selection. Many times, it was evident that people with jobs, with businesses or with family responsibilities thought those roles should exempt them from being empaneled – especially where there was a chance that the jury might be sequestered. Problem […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal OXFORD – Lafayette County supervisors gave another in a series of steps to approve a proposal to borrow up to $7 million in bonds for a joint road project with the City of Oxford. The approval took the form of a Resolution of No-Protest regarding the board’s earlier Resolution of […]

Roger and I had just come in from working up a couple of blackjack oaks into some of his next winter’s firewood. It’s tough to cut, it’s tougher to split, and it eats your hands alive if you work without gloves, but split and dried, it makes a roaring fire. As we warmed in front […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal OXFORD – Lafayette County Board of Supervisors President Jeff Busby says the county has seen a lot of progress in recent years, but many needs still must be addressed. “New infrastructure is a huge need for this community. As many outlets as we can get, we need right now,” he […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal Oxford Bureau OXFORD – Oxford Restaurant Week will aim both to raise funds for food charities and to promote eating out during a traditionally slow time. The event runs Jan. 25-31. “We are thrilled about the second Oxford Restaurant Week presented by Sysco and think January is a great time […]