Austin Rhodes

Austin Rhodes


Waco Thugs Clearly More Efficient Than Baltimore Thugs

Waco Thugs Clearly More Efficient Than Baltimore Thugs

Gotta love a headline that gets attention. So Kelby called. My well-meaning, hard-working and often “bewildered” friend, Kelby Walker (no relation). He is a community activist and erstwhile radio talk show host who is considering a run for the Augusta Commission’s fifth district seat. He’s a long-time caller to my radio show and, despite our […]

Her Name Was Jennifer

Her Name Was Jennifer

So Saturday, I visited my mom. While I was attempting to have a quiet moment, my restless 6-year-old son was filled with a million questions. I should have expected that. Cemeteries tend to have that effect on little boys. One of the few heartbreaks in Beau’s young life has been losing his grandmother before he […]

The Truth Delayed Is Justice Denied

The Truth Delayed Is Justice Denied

I have no earthly idea what happened to Freddie Gray as he was taken into custody by Baltimore police officers April 12. Clearly, he was alive and able to move before he was put into the back of a police van. That condition did not last long because, at some point, his neck was broken […]

Don’t Run, Don’t Fight, Don’t Die

Don’t Run, Don’t Fight, Don’t Die

There was a police shooting in Cottonwood, Arizona, a few weeks ago that I bet you didn’t hear much about. It involved a large brawl between members of the Gaver family and several police officers. Just like several high-profile cases in places like Charleston, S.C., Tulsa, Okla., Cleveland, Ohio, and NYC, there was a video […]

Berckmans Road Shift Will Allow Changes Once Thought Impossible

Berckmans Road Shift Will Allow Changes Once Thought Impossible

Time to correct a popular misconception once and for all. The Berckmans Road “shift,” which is due to begin shortly after this year’s Masters Tournament, is not being unfairly pushed to the front of any public projects priority list. It is actually a project that has been delayed for decades. Former Richmond County and Augusta City Commissioner […]

Berckmans Road Project Naysayers… Just You Wait

Berckmans Road Project Naysayers… Just You Wait

The owners of the world’s most famous golf course, and the single most important sports venue in the southeastern United States, are requesting some municipal assistance in the effort to improve their property, and some of you people are pitching a bitch fit. Allow me to ask the naysayers of the proposed “Berckmans Road shift […]

Say Hello (Again) to Beau!

Say Hello (Again) to Beau!

As I was doing research for this week’s Spirit column, I searched my database for the term “self reliance” and low and behold, look what popped up. Six years ago, almost to the day. Yes, it was a column commemorating the birth of my son, but holy cow do I agree with the premise and […]

Southern Red States More Diverse Than Yankee Blues

Southern Red States More Diverse Than Yankee Blues

As someone constantly defending conservative ideas and concepts in government and education, one criticism I have consistently heard from detractors concerning “red states” (those that historically support conservative political candidates and causes) is that our collective intellect is suspect, and proof of that can be found in our historically poor education systems. They point to […]