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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Local farmer supports Relay for Life through America’s Grow Communities

For the Monroe Journal ABERDEEN – Monroe County farmer Chris Ausborn has directed a $2,500 donation to Relay for Life. Funded by America’s Farmers Grow Communities, the donation will be forwarded to the American Cancer Society, which helps with awareness, research and treatment programs. Thanks to the support of farmers across the country, more than […]

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Man with Nettleton ties helped pen hits

Special to Monroe Journal A North Carolina native and former director of the James Brown band who had family ties to Monroe County was laid to rest Feb. 1. Nathaniel Leon (Nat) Jones, 74, died Jan. 24 in Kenasville, N.C. He was the father of Natdrick Lamon Jones of N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors […]

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Supervisors approve purchase of new fire truck

ABERDEEN – Given the fact one of the Hamilton Volunteer Fire Department’s trucks is expected to be out of commission for the next several weeks, the board of supervisors approved a motion Friday to purchase a new fire truck for the department through the county’s general fund. The board accepted the low bid from Rosenbauer […]

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Laughs, lasers and a love that will last through lifetimes

I honestly thought last Monday was merely the anniversary of Mickey Rooney’s passing when the CBS Morning News stated it was remembering the Hollywood legend that day. After realizing my mistake and learning he had passed away the day before, I learned he was a 93-year-old who still occasionally appeared in front of the camera […]

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Afternoon wreck sends one to the hospital

ABERDEEN – The Aberdeen Police Department and Monroe County Sheriff’s Office responded to a one vehicle accident Thursday afternoon at the Matubby Creek bridge on Meridian Street near the Aberdeen city limits. Johnny Drake of Aberdeen was the driver of a Dodge Ram pickup truck that slammed into the guard rail of the bridge before […]

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MSU Extension Service hosts tomato workshop

ABERDEEN – The Monroe County Extension Service will host ‘The Best Tomatoes in the Neighborhood Workshop’ Tuesday, April 22 at 6 p.m. to give gardeners tips on how to get the best results from their crop. Topics discussed will be different tactics about growing tomatoes by way of best practices, no-stoop gardening, new tactics for […]

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New logo, website signal image makeover for chamber

As part of a fresh look and brand building campaign for the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce, a new logo tops its masthead and a new website is going live piece by piece. “One of my goals for the chamber is to improve our brand or image so a logo is part of it, but […]

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Voter ID information session scheduled

ABERDEEN – As part of the statewide information tour of the Secretary of State’s office, local representatives will be at City Hall Thursday, April 17 at 6 p.m. to inform the public and answer questions about the state’s Voter ID law. Beginning with the June 3 primary election this year, individuals voting at the polls […]

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Update: Three people dead after Nettleton shooting

From Brad Locke, Daily Journal NETTLETON – The three men killed in a shootout on Main Street have been identified as two brothers and an acquaintance. Otis Eugene Bass, 49, and Joseph Bass, 44, both of Shannon died at the scene and Jamie Guin, 33, of Mantachie, died at North Mississippi Medical Center, according to […]

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