About Ray Van Dusen

I've been with the Monroe Journal since Aug. 2009 as a staff writer, but took the role as news editor in late 2012. I'm always looking for interesting story ideas from around Monroe County. You can reach me via email at ray.vandusen@journalinc.com.

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MCSO arrests three for drug charges

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office arrested Benjamin Allen Morris, 25, and Jamie Lynn Jones, both of Columbus Feb. 12. Jones was charged with possession of methamphetamine while Morris were charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent. Robert Alan Duncan, 49, of Smithville was arrested Feb. 12 and charged with possession of marijuana. All three subjects […]

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Supervisors approve TRVWMD resolutions

ABERDEEN – The board of supervisors lent its support Feb. 5 to a washout problem the City of Aberdeen has faced regarding an exposed sewer line off of South Matubba Street behind Axiall through a resolution requesting assistance from Tombigbee River Valley Water Management District. The city had previously requested the resolution, but supervisor action […]

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Seeking 7 steps one step back, two steps forward with latest album

When Seeking Seven’s last album dropped in 2012, music streaming service Spotify was growing in popularity months after its U.S. debut, giving people one more reason to not purchase music. With its new CD, ‘Chaos Before the Fall,’ released this week, the band reverted back to the basics in the recording process by crafting it […]

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Aberdeen weighs in thoughts on Strategic Doing pilot program

TUPELO – A roundtable of Aberdeen  officials and citizens whittled down broad ideas into an attainable goal Feb. 4 at the Renasant Center of IDEAS as part of a Strategic Doing pilot program facilitated by Mississippi State University’s Stennis Institute and the University of North Alabama. “Sparkplugs are groups of people who would rather do […]

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Job shadowing is another idea of keeping us out of the shadows

Let’s face it, Aberdeen. Roadsnacks.net contributor Nick James likes to stir us up with science, as his disclaimers state. Landing in his top 10 lists for most dumb and most ghetto and even worst places to live in Mississippi lists, the site stands behind its findings based on factors like unemployment rates, household incomes, education […]

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Johnston joins Monroe Journal staff

Mallory Johnston began her duties as a  staff writer and photographer for the Monroe Journal Feb. 1. She will graduate from the Mississippi University for Women in August. “I did this for a learning experience. I want to do this to build on my talents and hopefully be able to branch out of my comfort […]

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MCSO arrests three on meth charges

According to a press release from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Brandy Lynn Wiley, 35, and Charles Timothy Hester-Reprise, 30, both of Amory, were arrested in  Amory on Feb. 9 and charged with possession of methamphetamine. They are currently being held in the Monroe County Detention Center awaiting arraignment. In a separate case, Elmer Randell […]

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Aberdeen aldermen discuss potential revitalization project

By CAROLYN PARSON/FOR THE MONROE JOURNAL ABERDEEN – The dream of a new revitalization project was the highlight of the Feb. 2 Aberdeen aldermen meeting. Denise Dobbs, director of Aberdeen Housing Authority, presented the board with a plan to apply for a revitalization project for the area at S.J. Jones Circle at Canal Street. Dobbs […]

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Qualifying ends for Aberdeen elections

Those qualified for the April 5 Aberdeen City Elections include Mayor Cecil S. Belle (incumbent) John Allen, Jr. Maurice Howard Leigh LaSonya Matthews Robert Simmons, Jr. Ward 1 Alderman Alonzo Sykes (incumbent) Robert A. Devaull Terry D. Smith Robert Walker Ward 2 Alderman Wilchie Clay (incumbent) Delores Quinn-Badie Lady B. Garth Terry Morgan Curley Payne […]

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