Alton Restaurant Week Participants - 2018

Dan Brannan, Content Director

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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.

EDWARDSVILLE - A group of community citizens has started a movement to raise funds for those in Edwardsville School District 7 who cannot afford to pay their lunch bills. Trish Oberweis, a Southern Illinois University Edwardsville professor, has led an effort embraced by Edwardsville School District...
JERSEY - Jersey will have some strong competition this week in its Mid Winter Classic Tourney at Jersey. The Panthers face Collinsville in a 7:30 p.m. game Wednesday in the tournament. Then, the Panthers meet Quincy Notre Dame at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Cahokia at 6:30 p.m. Saturday to close the tourney...
CARROLLTON 63, NORTH GREENE 49: Hannah Krumweide led Carrollton with 28 points as the Hawks got past North Greene 63-49 in Carrollton on Monday. The Hawks improved to 13-9 on the year. Krumwiede is now within 7 points of 1,000 points and she may get that on Thursday in a game against Routt....
January 16, 2018 EDWARDSVILLE - Investigators with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office are attempting to locate a missing/runaway teen from rural Bethalto. The youth is Adriana L. Yount, 17, a white female of the 400 block of South Elm Street, Bethalto. Officers said Yount left her residence...
GODFREY - Fred Edward Widman is one of those who will have contributions to the Riverbend area that will last forever. Fred Edward Widman, 89, of Godfrey, died recently, but he leaves a legacy not only with family but a wide variety of accomplishments in development of the Riverbend region. In...
EDWARDSVILLE - Edwardsville High School Cheerleading will host its annual Cheer Showcase at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17 in the EHS Gym. The award-winning EHS varsity and JV cheer teams, along with the Liberty Middle School and Lincoln Middle School cheer teams, will be showcased on this night. Donations...
EDWARDSVILLE - Paige Way, an Edwardsville High School senior, recently won the top scholarship at the Illinois Cheerleading Coaches Association (ICCA) State Championships. The scholarship amount for Way was $4,000. Way was also announced as an ICCA All-State Team member and Senior Scholar Athlete....
PONTOON BEACH - A Pontoon Beach man - Marc Biggs - has been sentenced for felon in possession of a firearm offense. Donald S. Boyce, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that on January 12, 2018, Biggs, 34, was sentenced for felon in possession of a firearm. The Honorabl...
Note: Closings will be added as they come in to Riverbender.com... This is the closings list for Tuesday, Jan. 16: Alton Catholic Children's Home Alton School District 11 Bethalto District 8 Schools Brussels District 42 Bunker Hill School District Carrollton CUSD 1 Schools Calhoun District...
GLEN CARBON - A reward of $3,500 has been posted by Kellerman Investigations for any information that could help locate the hit-and-run driver that killed Ervin Goeden, 93, a World War II veteran and retired United States Air Force lieutenant colonel. Ervin’s wife, Patricia, was critically...
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