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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Amory police make grand larceny arrests

Devonta Lamar Fudge, 23, and Shaderick Devonte Hinton, 20, both of Aberdeen were charged with grand larceny by the Amory Police Department. Both individuals are out on a $3,000 bond set by Monroe County Justice Court Judge Adrian Haynes.

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Merit Health Gilmore Memorial honors and recognizes nurses

For the Monroe Journal AMORY – While there are dozens of professional roles that touch patient care in a hospital, the most intimate and significant is nursing. Every person who has ever had a family member in an acute or critical care situation knows the difference made through the work of their loved one’s nurses. […]

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Keep Monroe County Beautiful luncheon honors volunteerism

ABERDEEN – Stopping short of asking those in attendance at the Keep Monroe County Beautiful luncheon May 18 to raise their hands if they’re younger than 40, emcee Sonny Clay made a good point of the lack of younger attendees. “Volunteerism is something that’s going away in our time. If you look back to 30 […]

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Social Security Center: Shame on you

For the Monroe Journal Life is a bucket of choices…some are easy, some not so much. But we all must make more seriously choices that will have a lifetime of consequences. Agreed? Well, that is what you are looking at when you make a decision on your Social Security benefit…basically a permanent decision. We are […]

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Mental Health and you

For the Monroe Journal When was the last time you stopped to think about your mental health? For most of us, good mental health comes pretty far down the list of things to do. We typically think that only people with mental illnesses need to pay attention to their mental health. However, scientific research has […]

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MCSO seeks whereabouts of Nettleton man

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the whereabouts of Michael Hill, 25, of Nettleton. Anyone with any information should contact the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office at 369-2468.

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Arrests made in connection to ATV thefts

Two people are currently being held at the Monroe County Detention Center in connected to the theft of all-terrain vehicles in Itawamba and Monroe counties, according to Sheriff Cecil Cantrell. “People have been stealing four-wheelers and larger ATVs in Itawamba County and coming down here to try to sell them and stealing them from here […]

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Supervisors table selection of airport consulting firm

ABERDEEN – What began with six applicants to act as the consultant firm for the Monroe County Airport has been narrowed down to three candidates presented to the board of supervisors May 18. “I want to be in the mode of learning, especially in the flight industry. From the airport’s standpoint, there were things we […]

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Aberdeen PTO presidents host parent forum

By CAROLYN PARSON/For the Monroe Journal ABERDEEN – Presidents of the Aberdeen School District’s parent teacher organization presented inspirational updates on their experiences and progress while issuing a passionate plea for more parental involvement at a parent forum May 10 at Aberdeen High School. Kebby Hardin, president of the high school chapter, opened by stating the […]

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