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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I’ll tell you just how good it can be

There was once a time when the last week of August was when students in the 1980s and 1990s would’ve started a new school year. Even before that, school bells wouldn’t have rung until the day after Labor Day before the late 1970s. I lived for the better part of two years in a college […]

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Reward increases to $7,000 in shooter case

According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, the reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for shooting Monroe County deputy Eric Sloan Monday has increased to $7,000. Anyone with any information is asked to call the MCSO at 369-2468.  

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Gentiva food drive ends next week, benefits food pantries

Gentiva Home Health and Hospice will conclude its 11th annual food drive benefiting the county’s food pantries at the end of August. Throughout the month, drop-off locations have been available in Aberdeen, Amory and Smithville. Gentiva is part of the Kindred at Home family of home healthcare, and last year’s food drive yielded 838,000 pounds […]

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Supervisors overrule Monroe Gas Storage tax assessment objection

ABERDEEN – Representatives of Monroe Gas Storage chose not to be present at the Aug. 21 board of supervisors meeting, but rather sent an objection to the facility’s 2015 tax assessment, which the board overruled. Owners of the facility filed for a reduction of assessment to $20 million with the county, a $6 million decrease […]

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City employee comp time a talking point for Aberdeen aldermen

By CAROLYN PARSON /For the Monroe Journal ABERDEEN – The biggest discussion of the Aug. 18 board of aldermen meeting centered around the city’s comp time policy for employees. The current policy states that employees take comp time within 30 days of acquiring the time. Mayor Cecile Belle said that the 30-day policy isn’t adequate […]

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Reward continues to increase in shooting case

According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, the reward for any information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for shooting deputy Eric Sloan Monday has increased to $5,750. The shooter, who left the scene of the shooting on Highway 45 Alternate near the Okolona exit, was last seen traveling south. He is described […]

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Handful of county races advance in Democratic runoffs

Just shy of 21 percent of registered Democratic voters in 19 of the county’s 26 precincts cast votes Aug. 25 to determine which of the county’s candidates in three party runoffs will advance to the November general election. The Mississippi House of Representatives District 36 Democratic seat was also on the ballot. After the Aug. […]

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Speed monitor purchase seeks to raise leadfoot awareness

Out of 899 miles of paved roads in  Monroe County, there are miles of open road opportunities for drivers to see what the “old gal” can do to get them there quicker. To debunk some drivers’ need for speed, the county recently purchased a digital speed monitor that will rotate throughout each of the county […]

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No matter how fast you go, it’ll still be there by the time you get there

If they go unwritten, it’s usually not too many more weeks, or even days, until somebody posts on the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page with a concern of people speeding somewhere. No matter if a motor vehicle was built with enough torque and aerodynamics to go fast or not; as long as the speedometer […]

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