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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Blessing of the Bikes reaches out to cyclists, novice and hardcore

ABERDEEN – Whether it’s the occasional motorcycle rider or the more seasoned one who likes to hear the rumble of an engine every day, First Presbyterian Church extends an open invitation to its first-ever Blessing of the Bikes service April 26 beginning at 10 a.m. Members of the Columbus chapter of the Christian Motorcycle Association […]

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Positive talk recurring theme for P16 Council meeting

ABERDEEN – During April 13’s P16 Council meeting of the Aberdeen School District, a couple of attendees stated how the district is becoming a talking point across the state in a good way. “I think Aberdeen is well on the way of being the first success story of a conservatorship school that’s thriving. You look […]

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Touch-A-Truck event to be rescheduled

The Amory Main Street touch-a-truck, previously scheduled for this Saturday in Frisco Park, will be rescheduled due to the threat of inclement weather. “We were hoping the forecast would change, but have decided to move it to another location and another day instead,” said Main Street Director Carol Knight. The future venue for the event […]

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Online registration begins May 1 for ICC’s summer orientation sessions

For the Monroe Journal Incoming freshmen at Itawamba Community College may register online for this summer’s orientation sessions beginning May 1, according to Larry Boggs, director of student recruitment and orientation. Both morning (8-11:45 a.m.) and afternoon (1-4:45 p.m.) sessions are scheduled for June 8, 9 and 10 and July 13 and 14 at the […]

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New Site woman charged with felony drug possession

On 4/20/15, Samantha Molly Caduff, 27, from New Site, MS, was arrested and charged with felony possession of ICE. Caduff is being held at the Monroe County Detention Center where she is waiting to be arraigned before a Monroe County Justice Court Judge.

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ICC’s CenterStage sets April 23 concert

For the Monroe Journal CenterStage, Itawamba Community College’s pop show group, will perform its spring concert at 6:30 p.m., April 23, in the W.O. Benjamin Fine Arts Center auditorium at the Fulton Campus. Admission is $5. Selections include “Right Now,” “Come Sail Away,” “September,” “Dance with Me Tonight” and “Unwritten.” Members of CenterStage include vocalists, […]

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Itawamba Choir, Chamber singers set April 27 concert

For the Monroe Journal FULTON – Itawamba Community College’s Choir and Chamber Singers will perform in concert at 6:30 p.m., Apr. 27, in the W.O. Benjamin Fine Arts Center auditorium at the Fulton Campus. Among the selections are “Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho,” “Lamentations of Jeremiah,” “Jubilate Deo” and “Free Ride.” Admission is free […]

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Smithville man charged with statutory rape

Kailen Anthony Tate, 19, of Smithville was arrested April 20 by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and charged with statutory rape. Bond was set at $5,000 by Monroe County Justice Court Judge Robert Fowlkes. As of Monday, Tate was still in custody.  

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Bond set for subjects arrested in alleged chop shop case

Bond was set in Monroe County Justice Court for individuals connected to the discovery of an alleged chop shop last week near the Lee/Monroe County line. Jimmy Patrick Johns, 30, of Aberdeen was arrested by the MCSO April 16 and charged with two counts of motor vehicle felony taking. Bond was set at $50,000 by […]

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