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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MBI issues endangered/missing child alert

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is issuing an Endangered/Missing Child Alert for 2-year-old Zane Alexander Walters and his 17-year-old mother Erica Leeanne Walters. They were last seen Friday, Sept. 19 at just before 6 p.m. at the Fast Trac gasoline station located at 1240 Highway 495 in Magee.    Zane Walters is described as a white […]

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Make the most of Fall planting

Two of the most exciting activities in the fall are cheering on our favorite team and gardening. As temperatures begin to drop and rains become more frequent, some of us get excited about working in the garden again. Whether you are planting new shrubs and trees, replacing dead ones, or dividing existing plants, fall is […]

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Conservator approves Aberdeen School District September agenda

ABERDEEN – As part of the September agenda, Aberdeen School District Conservator Mac Curlee approved Ashley Craig as Aberdeen Elementary School speech language pathologist for the 201-2015 school year. Curlee also approved the resignations of Alex Williams as speech therapist and Debbie Dilworth as Belle Elementary School secretary. A transfer for Tameka Lewis from AES […]

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Post 26 to recognize those listed POW/MIA

ABERDEEN – The Daniel W. Bird American Legion Post 26 and Auxiliary Unit 26 will host its Third Annual Candle Light Ceremony in observation of National POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremony Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. The ceremony will include the POW/MIA table ceremony and guest speaker is District 20 Rep. Chris Brown. The ceremony will […]

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ICC offers personal safety, defense class for females

BELDEN – Registration is under way at the Itawamba Community College Belden Center for a class in personal safety and defense for females of all ages. The class will meet from 6-9 p.m., Sept. 22 and 29, in room 511. With a focus on personal protection and safety, the class is ideal for those who […]

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Friends Walk scheduled for Saturday

AMORY – First Friends will host its annual Friends Walk Saturday at Frisco Park with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. for the 5K walk at 9:30 a.m. “We’re walking for a great cause, which is for the things we do to alleviate stress from families suffering with this disease,” said First Friends Respite Center Executive […]

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Ewing investigation ongoing after one year anniversary

ABERDEEN – Saturday, Sept. 13 marked the one-year anniversary for one turn in the Teresa Ewing case – the discovery of her body. One year later, authorities are still working on the case to uncover the next big turn – concrete evidence to support a conviction. “We’re looking for something more concrete. I know some […]

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Nettleton man charged with sexual battery

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office arrested David Glen Little, 35, of Nettleton Wednesday. Little is charged with sexual battery. Due to the sensitive nature of this crime, no further details will be given. Bond has not been set and Little is currently being housed at Monroe County Detention Center.

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Bond set for alleged marijuana manufacturer

HATLEY –Bond was set for 70-year-old Frank Maxcy of Hatley Wednesday at $5,000 by Monroe County Justice Court Judge William Kevin Crook. Maxcy was charged with manufacturing of marijuana Tuesday after the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office seized four large marijuana plants from behind his home on Tubb Road.

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