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 – The city of Oxford’s double- decker fleet may be getting the “new blood” it has needed for years. More than 20 years ago, then-Mayor John Leslie arranged to buy the first of its signature red, British-style buses, and another was added a few years later. The pair of […]

By Errol Castens Oxford Citizen OXFORD – Deputy Chief James Owens turned in his keys Friday, retiring from Oxford Police Department after a three-decade career in law enforcement. That career began as a campus patrolman at Northwest Mississippi Community College and culminated with nearly two-and-a-half years as second-in-command at OPD. “One of my favorite parts […]

Had 30 minutes mostly to myself the other night while waiting for a meeting to start in the flatlands. Eager to catch up on some reading, I was so looking forward to the luxurious little reserve of uninterrupted alone time. But it’s the height of mosquito season in the Delta, which starts somewhere near Groundhog […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal OXFORD – The eyesore-become-feature that is the old armory – on its way to being a community gathering spot – is slated to be operated by the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council (YAC). The 60-by-100-foot pavilion, located on the corner of University Avenue and Bramlett Boulevard, is being transformed from a obsolete […]

By Errol Castens Oxford Citizen OXFORD – When Texas oilman David Porter and his wife came to Oxford to visit their son, then a sophomore at the University of Mississippi, they couldn’t find a hotel room in town. They ended up in another city and spent far too much of their weekend shuttling back and […]

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. […]