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 Andrea Turner | 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 Andrea Turner | 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 Andrea Turner | 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 Andrea Turner | 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…

A Heartbreaking Loss: The Story of the 1942-1943 Waltonville Commandos

By Andrea Turner | March 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

While my book, An Almost Perfect Season, primarily features Bluford basketball teams, the book also give ample space to many…

Southern Illinois’ Elegant Elephant: The Amazing and Tragic Story of Guy Lee Turner

By Andrea Turner | February 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

In the book An Almost Perfect Season: A Father and Son and a Golden Age of Small Town High School…

Coming In the Fall of 2019

By Randy Mills | January 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

In the 1968-1969 Illinois high school basketball season, tiny Bluford High School, having just over a hundred students, reeled off…

On My Mother’s Birthday

By Randy Mills | December 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

Today our sweet mother, Mary Alice Newell, would have been ninety-one. In the photo of her holding a small dog,…

Keynote at VU Veterans’ Day Program

By Andrea Turner | November 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

I had the special privilege of being the keynote speaker at Vincennes University’s Veterans’ Day program on Thursday, November 8th,…