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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Africa choir bringing soulful sound to town

AMORY – The members of the Africa University Choir can sing anything from traditional African music to classical gospel hymns in 18 different languages. What anyone who sees the group live can leave with is a feeling of an artistic, cultural experience. “It can be a catalyst to bring the community together. We’ve gotten several […]

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Storms leave their mark on Monroe County

Journal Staff Reports AMORY – Monroe County, more specifically areas of Amory, was hit by a weather system Monday, May 25 that brought down trees, caused flooding and left behind numerous damage reports in its aftermath. According to Monroe County Emergency Management Agency Director Bunky Goza, there were no injuries and no fatalities. The brunt […]

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Amory dealt with blow of storm

AMORY – According to Monroe County Emergency Management Agency Director Bunky Goza, there are no injuries or fatalities from high winds that swept through Monroe County Monday morning. The bulk of the damage is in Amory with the storm swath beginning at Main Street and 3rd Street S. and moved north-northeast. There was also trees […]

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Extreme Makeover: Post Office Edition

AMORY – Renovations began May 11 on a former post office moved Aug. 21, 2014 from Becker to the Amory Regional Museum. “It was given by Herman Sandlin who donated it in memory of his wife, Kay,” said museum director Bo Miller. “The structure was built around 1920, and it served as Becker’s Post Office […]

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Important crop insurance deadline nearing for Mississippi producers

For the Monroe Journal JACKSON – The United States Department of Agriculture/Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) reminds agricultural producers seeking federal crop insurance that they must have their Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form, commonly called form AD-1026, on file with their local USDA service center by June 1. Many farmers have […]

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We don’t stomp around those parts as much as we once did

Every now and then, it’s great to zone out listening to the seagulls’ songs. Full moons rising over stands of pines are charming, but they’re not as easy on the eyes as when they reflect over the water. There’s something easing about the waves crashing in from far away that takes you further away from […]

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LEPC meeting delves in deeper to LEPC structure

AMORY – Monroe County’s Local Emergency Planning Committee, a collective of key members of the community, meets quarterly and hosts guests to discuss potential threats the county faces. At a meeting April 30, Bryan Maske, LEPC coordinator with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, dug a little deeper into exactly what a Local Emergency Planning Committee […]

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Principal position change on horizon for Shivers Middle School

ABERDEEN – Aberdeen School District Conservator Mac Curlee approved Columbus High School assistant principal and athletic director Russell Greene as the new principal next school year for Shivers Middle School as part of the district’s personnel-heavy May agenda. “He’s a veteran educator with 24 years experience and has had experience at the middle school level,” […]

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Memorial Day ceremony planned for Amory veterans monument

AMORY – Memorial Day services will be held May 25 at 11 a.m. at the veterans memorial site on Highway 278. Monroe County Veterans’ organizations will recognize all who have died in combat from Monroe County by reading their names in a solemn ceremony. Applications will be available for walkway memorial bricks there. For more […]

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