Tornado Season

By Randy Mills | April 23, 2022 | 0 Comments

Like other young boys growing up in the 1950s in the Horse Creek region of rural southern Illinois, I was…

How the Fabulous Fox Found His Place in the Game He Loved. 

By Randy Mills | April 9, 2022 | 0 Comments

  It was late October in southern Illinois, a time when the leaves were morphing into astounding colors of yellow,…

King of the Hay Fields

By Randy Mills | March 15, 2022 | 0 Comments

My first real job, hauling hay for a farmer I hardly knew, started on a bad note.  This was in…

The Oldest Things on Earth

By Randy Mills | March 5, 2022 | 0 Comments

My dad loved to quail hunt, a yearly ritual that began during the relatively warm Indian summer days of November.…

Bringing Audiences to Their Feet: Oakland City College and the Evolution of Early Basketball in Indiana

By Randy Mills | January 30, 2022 | 0 Comments

In 1891, James Naismith was tasked by his employer at the Y.M.C.A. International Training School at Springfield, Massachusetts, to come…

Remembering Indiana Soldier Dick Wolfe

By Roxanne Mills | December 31, 2021 | 0 Comments

January 6, 2022, will mark the 54th year anniversary of the Vietnam War battle of Xom Bung, a fight that…

“The Best High School Basketball Coach in the State of West Virginia”: Remembering Coach Paul Greer

By Randy Mills | December 27, 2021 | 0 Comments

Those of us who have come to believe that Indiana is the only state that harbored great boys’ high school…

The Road Taken

By Randy Mills | December 3, 2021 | 0 Comments

I’ve always enjoyed doing research, seeking out and discovering interesting but unexplored stories about people that reveal long hidden dramas…

An Answer to a Prayer: Coach Charlie Trafton, Curt Gilstrap, and a Forgotten Era of Oakland City College Basketball

By Randy Mills | October 19, 2021 | 0 Comments

In the early morning hours of May 30, 1986, Oakland City College’s Student Memorial Gymnasium was destroyed by a fire…

A Seething Presence: My Boyhood Adventures in Haunted Houses

By Randy Mills | September 19, 2021 | 0 Comments

Of all my boyhood adventures in rural southern Illinois, nothing ever matched the experience of exploring, with my older brother,…

The Story of Our House

By Randy Mills | August 18, 2021 | 0 Comments

In the time of my early boyhood, my family and almost all our southern Illinois neighbors lived in farmhouses that…

“A Brilliant High School Basketball Career:” The Story of Alan Nass and the Huntingburg Happy Hunters

By Randy Mills | August 9, 2021 | 0 Comments

While Indiana has such a rich history of high school basketball, it is easy for many of the stories of…