11012017 Manar EHS video production class 350DECATUR – State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) joined students in Gayle Bowman’s video production class at Eisenhower High School for an interview Wednesday afternoon.

Students conducted the interview with Manar, asking questions about education funding reform, working with the governor, investing in state universities, economic development in Decatur, social media’s role in government, and what it’s like to be a state senator.

Students also were responsible for filming the interview and producing the video, which will be broadcast on Channel 22, Decatur Public Schools’ 24-hour cable television station.

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10242017 Manar Retired Teachers of Christian Co 350TAYLORVILLE — Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) joined the Retired Teachers of Christian County for its annual fall meeting Tuesday, Oct. 24.

The group met at the Christian County Extension Center in Taylorville. Manar discussed the state’s new school funding formula and provided an update on the fall veto session and the state budget. He also answered questions about funding for the Teachers Retirement Insurance Program and Gov. Rauner’s efforts to enlist the federal government’s help in weakening unions and pension benefits in Illinois.

Manar is chairman of one the Illinois Senate’s two appropriations committees. He also is a member of the Senate’s education, labor, agriculture and executive appointments committees. He sponsored the landmark school funding reform legislation that was signed into law in August.

Retired Teachers of Christian County is celebrating its 60th year. Its first meeting was Aug. 2, 1957. The organization’s purpose is to work in cooperation with state and national associations of retired teachers to promote the social, professional and economic well-being of retired teachers.

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Gary Wayne Price was killed in action 50 years ago

GaryWaynePrice400MACOUPIN COUNTY – A Dorchester soldier who was killed in action in 1967 only a month after beginning his tour of duty in Vietnam will be remembered with a memorial highway designation in his honor in Gillespie.

U.S. Army Private First Class Gary Wayne Price, a 1966 graduate of Gillespie High School, was just 19 when he was killed by small arms fire on May 6, 1967 while serving near Plieku in Vietnam as an infantryman with Company B, 3rd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. He had started his tour of duty on April 6, 1967.

Born July 28, 1947, he was the youngest son of Vern and Vera Price and was the first serviceman from Macoupin County to be killed in the Vietnam War.

The Illinois Senate unanimously approved Senate Joint Resolution 32, sponsored by senators Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) and Sam McCann (R-Plainview), on May 31. It designates a section of Illinois 16 from Stagecoach Road to Gillespie as the Pfc. Gary Wayne Price Memorial Highway. It further requests that the Illinois Department of Transportation erect signage identifying the memorial designation.

“I did not know Gary Price, but I do know his family, and they are wonderful, remarkable people,” Manar said. “I am humbled and honored that we are able to help them keep his memory alive.”

McCann said Price and his family made the ultimate sacrifice for the country and should be remembered for doing so.

“Private First Class Gary Wayne Price sacrificed his life in the defense of freedom and democracy,” he said. “I hope this memorial will keep his memory alive for future generations and that it will inspire us all to give of ourselves for our fellow man.”

Price’s sister, Judy Schwallenstecker, her husband, Ollie Schwallenstecker, and their daughter, Pam Monetti, all of Bunker Hill, were present in the Senate chamber when the resolution was passed.

Gary Wayne Price posthumously was awarded numerous medals and commendations, including the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantry Badge, the Vietnam Service Medal with one Service Star, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

He was buried in Bunker Hill Cemetery. More than 1,200 people paid their respects at the services, according to newspaper accounts. A small memorial erected three months later in Dorchester in southern Macoupin County is believed to be the first memorial erected in Illinois for a soldier killed in Vietnam.

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Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) met with Lincolnwood students last week during the 89th Illinois Association FFA Convention in Springfield.

The annual meeting was at the Bank of Springfield Center (formerly the Prairie Capital Convention Center).

Monty Elvidge is the Lincolnwood FFA adviser. He has been an agriculture teacher at the school for one year.

Pictured above: Senator Andy Manar visits with members of the Lincolnwood High School FFA chapter on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at the 89th Illinois Association FFA Convention in Springfield.

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Pictured: Members of the Lincolnwood FFA chapter and State Senator Andy Manar gather for a photo at the 89th Illinois Association FFA Convention in Springfield. Pictured with Manar are Jackson Waldeck, 14, Bryce Webb, 17, and Jim Stieren, 14, all of Farmersville.

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