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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Nettleton Christmas parade still planned for tonight

NETTLETON – According to Nettleton City Clerk Dana Burcham, the Nettleton Christmas Parade is still scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Monday. If the weather is questionable for parade time, a decision will be made later this afternoon.

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Amory man faces drug charge

The Amory Police Department arrested Matthew Roosevelt Gunn, 26, of Amory on the charge of possession of a Schedule II drug. Monroe County Justice Court Judge Robert Fowlkes set bond at $10,000.

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Curlee approves 21st Century personnel for Aberdeen schools

ABERDEEN – The Aberdeen School District applied for a 21st Century learning community grant last year and received notification in July that it would be awarded to the district. Being the majority of his November agenda for the district, conservator Mac Curlee approved personnel for the literacy-based program. “The grant will focus on literature throughout […]

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Veterans Day token proves the kindness of strangers

AMORY – A stop for $5’s worth of  gasoline at Murphy USA turned into a reminder of the good in the world for an Aberdeen couple on Veterans Day. “We were just going to get enough gas to get us home and to Columbus to get it cheaper,” said Lee Harris. “Ed had his army […]

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Circle of saws: Friends cut Itawamba man’s last load of logs

By M. SCOTT MORRIS /Daily Journal NEW SALEM – The difference between the ordinary and the extraordinary can be a near thing. On one level, the effort people gave on Willie “Butch” Steele’s behalf recently was simple. “Friends helping friends,” said Nancy White, 62, of Jasper, Texas. Steele’s usually the guy giving the help. A […]

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ICC representatives visit area WIN centers

For the Monroe Journal Itawamba Community College representatives will visit three area WIN Centers Nov. 30 to enable area residents to register for the 2016 spring semester. Times and locations include 9 a.m.-noon at Houston, Amory and Pontotoc. The come-and-go event is designed for current and returning students, GED graduates, transfer students, new students and […]

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Rural hospitals are at risk

By Alan Morgan/chief executive officer of the National Rural Health Association Many rural hospitals are struggling to keep their doors open in the face of rising costs. Fifty-eight have closed since 2010 and many more may follow if the pharmaceutical industry gets its way and dismantles a little-known federal drug discount program called 340B. Congress […]

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Amory Cosmetology Academy provides education in hair and nails

AMORY – Classes began Oct. 13 for  students at the new Amory Cosmetology Academy. The new academy was a dream come to fruition for owner Robin Carroll. “My mother was a teacher, and I always wanted to teach but fought it. I just did not want to teach in the school system,” said Carroll. “I […]

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Students rack up points through reading and playing in annual Egg Bowl

ABERDEEN – It’s anybody’s game  Saturday between Mississippi State and Ole Miss, but for Belle Elementary School’s 2nd Annual Egg Bowl Nov. 20, the Bulldogs are 2-0 for the series that encourages students to represent the state’s biggest universities and increase accelerated reader percentages. “The participation this year is much higher. There was a very […]

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