Austin Rhodes

Austin Rhodes


Partain the Talent Drain

Partain the Talent Drain

No one was shocked or surprised when Richard Roundtree took over as Richmond County sheriff that he installed his former boss from the Richmond County BOE Public Safety Department Pat Clayton as his chief deputy. It was the first time that anyone can remember a sheriff going outside the department to bring in a chief, […]

The Rocket Has Launched, but in Which Direction?

The Rocket Has Launched, but in Which Direction?

The new black majority on the Augusta Commission took off with its first major decision Monday, and just for kicks and giggles, with white commissioner Grady Smith’s vote added to the mix. The 7-2 vote to hire Augusta native Janice Jackson as the new city administrator was not publicly planned, or widely expected, but it […]

An Open Letter to Augusta’s New School Superintendent

An Open Letter to Augusta’s New School Superintendent

Dear Dr. Pringle: First of all, welcome to our fine community. I recommend the barbecue at Sconyers, the crawfish étouffée at French Market Grille, the coffee at Metro, and the cold beer at Stillwater Taproom. You may need a few of those beers. You will find that the serious-minded people of the CSRA will back […]

Calling BS on “No Comment”

Calling BS on “No Comment”

There may have been an occasion that ended happily and without incident when an elected official said “no comment” concerning allegations of bad behavior or illegal activity, but I’ll be damned if I can recall one locally. Once famously popular, Columbia County Commissioner Scott Dean’s refusal to come clean concerning thousands of text messages back […]

Tax Increase Was Well-Choreographed Plan

Tax Increase Was Well-Choreographed Plan

Mayor Deke Copenhaver had one important vote blow up on him a few weeks ago, and it wasn’t about to happen again. Monday’s 5-5 split Augusta Commission vote on the 1.75 mill property tax increase, with the Mayor breaking the tie to pass it, was as well planned as any vote in recent memory. Commissioner […]

He Left Behind a Gift

He Left Behind a Gift

The first time I laid eyes on Robin Williams was shortly after 8 p.m., Tuesday, February 28, 1978. I was 13 years old. The only reason I know that is because he blew me away in his bizarre portrayal of an extraterrestrial who had landed in Milwaukee with the sole intention of kidnapping Richie Cunningham. […]

Time to Draft the “Kay Allen Law”

Time to Draft the “Kay Allen Law”

It looks like she knew the vagaries of the law enough to get away with it. Either that, or former Columbia County Tax Commissioner Kay Allen just got lucky. Phone conversations with local investigators this week, and an email from the District Attorney, confirmed what I already knew: there will be no state or local […]

American Taxpayers: Our Fastest Growing Minority

American Taxpayers: Our Fastest Growing Minority

My Tuesday evening deadline has once again killed my ability to specifically discuss the results of the big contests, but I guarantee you one thing: in these parts the overachievers concentrated their votes with conservative candidates and the folks who have largely accepted a permanent place in society’s charity line stuck with the liberals. I […]