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.

Author Archive | Ray Van Dusen

Amory man booked for accessory after the fact, firearm charges

The Amory Police Department arrested Terry Janvard Parham, 54, of Amory for possession of a firearm by a felon, accessory after the fact and possession of a stolen firearm. Parham is out on bond after Monroe County Justice Court Judge Robert Fowlkes set bond at $5,000.

Continue Reading · Comments { 0 }

Students chosen as Monroe County EPA Scholarship recipients

For the Monroe Journal The board of directors of the Monroe County Electric Power Association has awarded $1,000 scholarships to four 2015 graduating seniors from high schools within its service territory. According to Monroe County EPA General Manager Barry Rowland, the criteria for consideration for the scholarship includes maintaining an exemplary scholastic record, leadership roles […]

Continue Reading · Comments { 0 }

Conservator approves July agenda for Aberdeen School District

Monroe Journal ABERDEEN – Aberdeen School District Conservator Mac Curlee approved several personnel items as part of the district’s July agenda. Jennifer Champman was approved as an Aberdeen Elementary School special education teacher; Amanda Hill and Tiffany O’Mary-Weeks were approved as AES assistant teachers; Latasha Lenoir and Karen Poindexter were approved as Shivers Middle School […]

Continue Reading · Comments { 0 }

Mississippi’s early migratory game bird seasons announced

For the Monroe Journal JACKSON – The Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks approved dates for the 2015-2016 early hunting seasons for migratory game birds during its monthly meeting on June 10, 2015. These early seasons include resident Canada geese, early teal, snipe, woodcock, dove and rails. This year, mourning dove season will open statewide […]

Continue Reading · Comments { 0 }

ICC officials plan for visits to the WIN Job Centers of the area

For the Monroe Journal Itawamba Community College representatives will visit four locations as part of its road trip, Aug. 3 and 5, to enable area residents to register for the 2015 fall semester. Times and locations include Aug. 3 from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at WIN Job Centers in Houston and Pontotoc; and Aug. […]

Continue Reading · Comments { 0 }

County’s school district receives technology grant

AMORY – The Monroe County School District has received an E-Rate Technology 80/20 Grant, which is being used to upgrade switches and wireless networks at all campuses. “This was sorely needed across the district,” said Monroe County Superintendent of Education Scott Cantrell. “It was a no brainer for us as this allows us to make […]

Continue Reading · Comments { 0 }

Three Aberdeen graduates served by new scholarship

ABERDEEN – Three Aberdeen High  School Class of 2015 graduates benefited from scholarships through Aberdeen on Wheels that will help with college expenses. “I set it up for my alma mater. I graduated from Aberdeen, and I wanted to serve home first. From when I started out to now, I’ve been wanting to help out,” […]

Continue Reading · Comments { 0 }

BP settlement adds certainty to oil spill recovery

The 2010 Deep- water Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico was the worst oil spill in U.S. history. Five years later, the legal claims against BP have made history, too, with the nation’s largest-ever environmental settlement. The news is a major milestone for Mississippi. For the past five years, Gulf Coast states and the […]

Continue Reading · Comments { 0 }

Speaking of Mississippi’s Toughest Kids

By Mary Kitchens, Mississippi’s Toughest Kids executive director. You have seen Katelyn’s smiling face in our Mississippi’s Toughest Kids Foundation brochures and ads. Her parents, Donna and Levonne, are great supporters of the MTK Foundation, believing that Mississippi needs a camp facility for children like their precious Katelyn. This week Donna posted this message on […]

Continue Reading · Comments { 0 }