Best Friends to the End

By Randy Mills | August 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

Princeton, Indiana, native Dick Wolfe and Alabama native Robert Hilley could have never imagined being thrown together in the cauldron…

Our Love Won’t End: The tragic death of Corvette keyboardist Mike Blythe

By Roxanne Mills | July 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

Oakland City Indiana’s very own rock band, The Darndest Things, as well as most other area garage bands in the…

Oakland City College and me Fifty Years Ago

By Randy Mills | July 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

It will be fifty years ago in early September of 2019 that I, a scared seventeen-year-old teenager from southern Illinois,…

McLeansboro’s Dick Jones: Southern Illinois’ Congenial High School Basketball Coach

By Randy Mills | July 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

Southern Illinois basketball stories can sometimes pop up in such unexpected places. My interest in Coach Dick Jones is just…

The Darndest Things: How a local band in the 60s rocked our lives

By Roxanne Mills | July 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

Like many baby boomers, my husband Randy and I often listen to the “oldies” while traveling.  A few years ago,…

A Farrington Kid

By Randy Mills | June 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

There were fifteen rural grade schools in Jefferson County, Illinois, when I was growing up in the 1950s and 1960s,…

Memories of the Wayne City Holiday Tournament

By Randy Mills | May 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

One of my favorite events that I related in the book An Almost Perfect Season: A Father and Son and…

What the Cows Saw

By Randy Mills | May 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

The coldest day on record in southern Illinois was February 2, 1951. A dome of bitter Arctic air settled over…

Sledge Leads the Charge

By Randy Mills | May 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

A Country Boy on a City Boy Basketball Team While our Bluford Trojans basketball team achieved great success as a…

The 1968- 1969 Fairfield Mules

By Randy Mills | April 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

One of southern Illinois’ most successful basketball teams you probably never heard of. Accounts from Illinois newspaper sports pages clearly…

Trojans!

By Randy Mills | April 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

A Brief History of Some of the Best Bluford High School Basketball Teams and Scorers, 1950-1970 During the exciting, highly…

The Newell Letters

By Randy Mills | March 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Story of a Waltonville Boy, Jimmy Newell, who traveled to the Big City in 1906, as Told through Family…