Austin Rhodes

Austin Rhodes


Neighborhood Angst Can Inspire Political Revolution

Neighborhood Angst Can Inspire Political Revolution

If you are sitting back at a distance, watching the current school rezoning squabbles in Columbia County, thinking that it is “much ado about nothing,” don’t be too quick to dismiss the discord. Similar “small” skirmishes in our metro area have given birth to snowballing citizen movements that have seen laws and policies changed, and […]

War Is Hell… Film at 11

War Is Hell… Film at 11

The only thing worse than critiquing something (a restaurant, a film, a book) with which you are largely unfamiliar is heaping tons of praise on similarly uncharted material. I have not seen “American Sniper” so I cannot and will not recommend that you see it. At least not based on the merits of the picture itself. […]

Can Senator Jones Solve This Problem?

Can Senator Jones Solve This Problem?

Former Richmond County Solicitor Harold Jones was sworn in this week as the new District 22 state senator, succeeding Hardie Davis, the man who has become Augusta’s newest mayor. As a Democrat serving in a Republican-controlled state government, Senator Jones will be limited in what he can pursue as far as wide, sweeping legislation goes, but […]

Make an Example of the Jeep-Driving Jerk

Make an Example of the Jeep-Driving Jerk

Photo Caption: The reported “weapon of destruction” 16-year-old Logan Barker is accused of using to destroy a BMX park under construction in Columbia County. The vehicle was borrowed from his 18-year-old brother. This picture was taken well before the alleged crime, the ironic presence of the police car in the background is nothing less than prophetic.   […]

Just Behave Yourdamnself

Just Behave Yourdamnself

A funny thing happened on the way to naming this column. This piece was going to be called “Fighting With Cops; You Lose Every Time,” but then I remembered, when politicians and community activists get involved, any ridiculous outcome is possible. The nation has been turned upside down because of the now notorious cases that resulted […]

The Ghost of Christmas Past…

The Ghost of Christmas Past…

I cannot account for many of the Christmas Eves in the life of Bobby Brewer, but I can tell you where he was for about a half dozen of them about 35 years ago: The Rhodes Family Christmas Eve Parties at 1206 Oakdale Road in Augusta, Georgia. From 1966 through 1994, those parties were an […]

The Great Case for Torture

The Great Case for Torture

Horrible news Tuesday morning on the Taliban attack in Pakistan that claimed the lives of over 130 young students, targeted by the terrorists if, for no other reason, than they were easy targets. Imagine if you will that the CIA ran across one member of that Taliban attack team last week, and found evidence of […]

Christmas Comes Early from Sheriff Roundtree

Christmas Comes Early from Sheriff Roundtree

Honest to goodness folks, I really need to use this column space to discuss the hideous lack of funding for Georgia’s crime labs, the campaign to get all local police officers equipped with lapel cameras and the ongoing political upheaval in Richmond County, but when you get certified mail from Santa Claus, everything else tends […]

Just Who Should be Scared of Whom? (Revisited)

Just Who Should be Scared of Whom? (Revisited)

I write my own headlines. It is a perk of being the senior columnist for the Spirit and, truth be told, I am pretty good at it. With this week’s column there is an unusual caveat that comes with that revelation. While I did develop the headline that you see based on what I had […]

Silent Victims Are a Predator’s Best Friend

Silent Victims Are a Predator’s Best Friend

The witnesses continue to pile up as allegations spanning decades destroy the reputation and image of a man once thought to be America’s perfect dad. If you didn’t appreciate Bill Cosby’s humor, whether it was in his stand-up routines or his groundbreaking work as the creator of “Fat Albert” or even his admittedly “homogenized” performance […]