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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Health department awards tobacco-free coalitions grant

For the Monroe Journal The Mississippi State Department of Health’s (MSDH) Office of Tobacco Control has awarded the community tobacco control grant for the Mississippi Tobacco-Free Coalition of Itawamba and Monroe counties. Monies from the grant are used by the Mississippi Tobacco-Free Coalition to prevent tobacco use, encourage tobacco cessation and eliminate exposure to secondhand […]

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Documenting your family’s medical history benefits current and future generations

Mrs. Bender stared at her doctor’s framed medical diploma while trying to recall her parents’ health issues. “Well, that’s all in the past,” she stammered. Not one to seek medical help over the years and now age 81, Mrs. Bender struggled to piece together her own medical history, let alone her parents’. “I think my […]

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Mad Science at the library

BY JOHN H. WARD/For the Monroe Journal AMORY – “You mean you’re really gonna be MAD?” rang out a voice from among the children. The guest presenter of July 10’s summer reading program at the Amory Library was Scientific Stacy from Mad Science MidSouth, a leading science enrichment provider delivering unique, hands-on science experiences for […]

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Summer youth program participants learn about law enforcement

ABERDEEN – A heart-felt talk Thursday about the dangers of drugs from a Monroe County Sheriff’s Office narcotics officer to participants of the agency’s summer youth program was a snippet of the four-day experience. “Growing up is about making mistakes, but life is about how you learn from them,” said narcotics officer Chris Smith. The […]

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Aberdeen adopts public comments policy for meetings

ABERDEEN – A clear message ringing out louder than the muffle of chatter in the audience during July 15’s board of aldermen meeting was that city officials want a more organized way of handling citizen input. In a 3-1 vote motioned by Ward 2 Alderman Wilchie Clay and seconded by Ward 3 Aldermen Sammie Burroughs, […]

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The freedom to speak and the freedom to speak freely

As a supporter of the First Amendment, I’m all for freedom of speech. As a newspaper editor, I’m all for hearing people’s complaints about the Monroe Journal to strive to make what we do better. As a newspaper reporter, I’m all about hearing citizens’ concerns about their city – to a degree. Given I aim […]

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Summer movie series concludes with 80s sci-fi classic

ABERDEEN – The Aberdeen Visitors Bureau will close out its summer outdoor movie series Thursday with the 1982 classic film, ‘E.T.,’ at dark. The Steven Spielberg science fiction film centers on a lonely boy’s friendship with an extraterrestrial stranded on Earth. “It’s an all time favorite family movie. There are plenty of people now whose […]

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Houston man arrested for livestock theft

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office arrested William Rashad Wilson, 26, of Houston July 22 on the charge of livestock theft. Wilson is accused of stealing cattle from a farm on Camargo Road earlier this month. Bond has not been set and Wilson is currently being housed at Monroe County Detention Center.

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Grant provides Old Armory’s first step towards acoustics

For the Monroe Journal AMORY – Amory’s Old Armory Reborn Committee (O.A.R.) has received a $3,000 grant to improve acoustics in the recently renovated building. The grant is part of the Appalachian Community Learning Project, which is a six month community development program coordinated by the Rensselaerville Institute based in New York and Mississippi State […]

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