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Dan Brannan is Content Director of RiverBender and EdGlenToday.com. He is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL with degrees in Journalism and Psychology. Having previously served as the Executive Editor of The Telegraph in Alton, his 17-year tenure led the paper to over 350 awards including several General Excellence awards in the Illinois Press Association, Illinois Associated Press, Freedom Communications, Southern Illinois Editorial Association and Journal Register Company contests. Brannan was chosen to lead Freedom Communications' national pilot on social media.

He is the author of eight nonfiction books including: "The Courage to Live," a biography about Donna Gustavel, a young woman with multiple disabilities; "Everyday Angels," an inspirational book of moving human interest stories; "Live Life to the Fullest: Stories of People Coping With Diabetes" which is endorsed by the American Diabetes Association; "Boy Giant: The Story of Robert Wadlow The World's Tallest Man;" "Damn Cold and Starving" written with Sgt. Marion Ray; "You Can't Kill the Dream" co-written with fellow journalist Ande Yakstis; and "A Life in Parts," the story of Loretta Goebel and endorsed by Beatle Paul McCartney.

Dan, an avid exercise enthusiast, is a member of the American Diabetes Association and lives in Glen Carbon with his wife, Michele, and children.

PIASA – Southwestern's football team has another difficult game this Friday night at home against Carlinville after meeting a tough Vandalia squad. The Piasa Birds stayed with Vandalia for much of the game on Friday and led 20-14 at the half.Vandalia pulled ahead in the second half for a 47-26...
JERSEY - Jersey's football team continues its mission to make the playoffs after a critical 51-39 shootout win over Mascoutah on Friday night at home.The Panthers are now 2-3 overall with the Friday night win.Panther quarterback Drew Sauerwein completed 11 of 19 passes for 198 yards and four touchdowns....
ELSAH TOWNSHIP - Three were injured in a serious crash at 5:10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23, on Jones Road.Illinois State Police District 18 said a vehicle was headed westbound on Jones Road near Wendle Road in Elsah Township when it lost control and hit a culvert, rolled over and caught fire.Two people...
EDWARDSVILLE – Edwardsville's girls swimming team won six of the 12 events on the card as the Tigers defeated Springfield and Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin in a Saturday afternoon triangular meet at EHS' Chuck Fruit Aquatic Center.The Tigers scored 150 points to take the win, with the Cyclones...
EDWARDSVILLE - The fourth annual Edwardsville Art Fair was busy from Friday to Sunday at City Park with exhibits, face painting, entertainment, food and much more.Edwardsville Arts Center Manager Carolyn Tidball said that with over 100 artists the event has nearly doubled since the first year."We had...
JERSEYVILLE - Jersey’s Dave Rogers was the star of the show in Thursday’s junior varsity soccer match at home against Southwestern, notching both goals in the 2-1 triumph over Southwestern.Tucker Shalley was the winning goalie; Shane Warren had a goal in the match for Southwestern.Jersey...
FIELD HOCKEYCOR JESU 2, EDWARDSVILLE 1: Mattie Norton's scored for Edwardsville in the second half, but it wasn't enough as the Tigers dropped 2-1 decision to Cor Jesu of St. Louis County Friday afternoon in the annual Stick Up for Hunger game to benefit the GlenEd Food Pantry.The Tigers fell to 6-5-2...
HARDIN – Calhoun’s Scout White exploded for 143 yards rushing and two touchdowns and quarterback Ty Bick completed five of six passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns in Calhoun’s 41-15 homecoming win over North Greene on Friday night.“We came out and played well,” Calhoun...
JERSEYVILLE - Rick Gillis feels right at home in his new position at sales manager at Marty Cancila Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership in Jerseyville.Gillis has lived in Jerseyville for 16 years and his son and daughter both go to Jersey schools.“When Tony Cancila, our owner, talked with me about...
JERSEYVILLE – A young Jersey Community High School girl - Hannah Loges - has captured an honor that puts her in an elite class of students nationwide.Loges has received a letter of commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.The 4,000 commended students throughout the nation are...
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