Errol Castens

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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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Stories Written by Errol Castens

It took images of skin-and-skeleton inmates being liberated from Nazi concentration camps for average Germans of the 1930s and ’40s to understand the atrocities of genocide they had passively enabled. It took images of Emmett Till’s decayed and bloated body and Bull Connor’s dogs and firehoses for average Americans of the 1950s and ’60s to […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal OXFORD – Race, lawsuits, calls for recusal and a large municipal donation played into the drama of a rezoning vote on Tuesday. Oxford aldermen voted 5-2 against a request to change from agricultural (AG) and single-family (RA) to multi-family (RC) a 42.2-acre tract mostly surrounded by apartments. Alderman Preston Taylor […]

By Errol Castens Oxford Citizen OXFORD – Several members of the Downtown Parking Advisory Commission and related professionals will issue in October their recommendations about whether, where and how to build a parking garage near the Square. The group – Oxford Downtown Parking Director Matt Davis, former City Planner Tim Akers, and Parking Advisory Commission […]

Went to the wilds the other day. I’d heard of alligators living in the swamps of Lafayette County, but lack of time, lack of a boat and lack of spare legs had kept me from looking too seriously for them. A friend’s offer to be my gator guide seemed a good start on a story […]

By Errol Castens Oxford Citizen Officials credit University of Mississippi sessions for incoming freshmen and their families along with other summer tourism with June’s second-highest parking revenue in downtown Oxford since meters came into use last September. Overall revenue of $61,529.37 reflected $54,812.25 in meter collections (cash and credit card) and $6,717.12 in paid fines. […]

The little boy in my wife’s preschool class long ago – we’ll call him “Michael” (nowhere near his real name) – was enthusiastic about almost everything. Michael loved his toys, his classmates, his teachers, his house, his family. He loved being a country boy, pretending he was driving tractors and hunting deer and telling tales. […]

By Errol Castens Oxford Citizen OXFORD – Until recently, the wedge of land between Toby Tubby Creek and West Oxford Loop was home to several dozen families in the Ewing Park mobile home community. Aside from the roads and parking pads, the remaining evidence of their former presence is limited to electric meter posts, debris […]

One of the most poignant moments in the four-day Kairos prison ministry missions comes during a talk that emphasizes that the inmates, despite geographic and emotional isolation from family and friends, are not ships adrift in the sea. After the speaker shows by scripture and example that those who are in Christ have communion with […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal OXFORD – In less than three weeks, an eclectic collection of scholars, other literary professionals and enthusiastic readers will descend upon the University of Mississippi to digest the writing and world of its most famous son. As they have for 42 years, fans of William Faulkner from across the United […]

By Errol Castens Oxford Citizen The month-long experiment with two traffic lanes on an additional two-block stretch of University Avenue will likely start Tuesday afternoon. The four-lane thoroughfare between Fifth Street and Grove Loop will be transformed for the month of July to include two bicycle lanes, mid-block crosswalks and other infrastructure. The plan includes […]