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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HomeStretch expanding Nettleton operations

For the Monroe Journal JACKSON—Officials from upholstered reclining furniture manufacturer HomeStretch, Inc. announce the company is expanding its operations in Nettleton by adding 60,000 square feet of manufacturing and warehouse space to its existing facility. The project will create 60 new jobs, bringing the number of employees at the Nettleton location to approximately 250. “This […]

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Naturalization ceremony welcomes 53 of nation’s newest citizens

ABERDEEN – Fifty-three individuals from 23 countries were sworn in Friday as U.S. citizens in a naturalization ceremony by U.S. District Senior Judge Glen H. Davidson, who urged them to be active participants by voting and happily serving on juries as they mesh into their newly acquired citizenships. “You’re the fresh minds and innovators we […]

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MHP issues statewide Amber Alert

The Mississippi Highway Patrol is issuing an Amber Alert for 17-year-old Katelyn Beard, who was abducted Sunday morning between 6 and 7 a.m. from 4244 Lynda Street in Jackson. She is described as a white female, with long brown hair, brown eyes, 5 feet four, inches tall and weighing 140 pounds. She was last seen accompanied […]

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Bond set for subjects arrested in standoff

Monroe County Justice Court Judge Robert Fowlkes set bond Friday for the three subjects arrested following a standoff in Bigbee Wednesday. A $1 million cash bond was set for Steven Alton Brantley while bond was set at $20,000 each for David Little and Crystal Bosch. All three subjects have been charged with possession of a […]

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Cotton Transition Assistance Program enrollment begins

For the Monroe Journal U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency Administrator Juan M. Garcia announced that farmers can now enroll in the Cotton Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) through Oct. 7, 2014. The program, created by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides interim payments to cotton producers during the 2014 crop year until the Stacked […]

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ICC schedules CPR/AED class

For the Monroe Journal Registration is under way for a CPR – First Aid – AED class at Itawamba Community College. The class will meet from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Sept. 27, at ICC-Belden (3200 Adams Farm Road). The course is taught according to the American Heart Association standards for individuals with limited or no medical […]

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Empower Mississippi forum set for Sept. 4

AMORY – Empower Mississippi President Grant Callen will take questions Sept. 4 regarding a special needs bill for the 2015 Mississippi Legislature. The Equal Opportunity for Students with Special Needs Act would give parents access to an Individualized Education Fund that can be used to pay for a variety of services including therapy, tutoring, tuition […]

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Aberdeen aldermen approve hires

By CAROLYN PARSON/For the Monroe Journal ABERDEEN – In the absence of Mayor Cecil Belle, Ward 5 Alderman John Allen presided over the Aug. 19 board of aldermen meeting, highlighted by the approval of new employees. The board approved Carrie Kendrick for patrol and Mairiel Heard for dispatch for the Aberdeen Police Department. Javoni Jones […]

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Make-A-Wish announcement the cherry on top of a sweet week for Hatley teen

HATLEY – Students packed tight in Hatley’s gymnasium’s bleachers held homemade signs and donned orange in a show of support Aug. 20 for #TeamSerra. Serra Pearson is battling an extremely rare form of dysautonomia, a condition that causes the body to detect some type of cancer and, in an attempt to fight the cancer, creates […]

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