Austin Rhodes

Austin Rhodes


RCSO Steroid Scandal Brewing for Years

RCSO Steroid Scandal Brewing for Years

While it would be easy to cloud up and rain all over Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree for the ineptitude and ignorance that seems to permeate the upper command’s handling of the newly revealed interdepartmental illegal steroid allegations, it sounds like the problem has been around for a long, long time. The alleged dealer at the heart of […]

Grow Up, Conservatives, and Go Vote!

Grow Up, Conservatives, and Go Vote!

It appears a substantial number of local conservatives say they are voting for Democrat challenger Jason Carter because they are angry that the Republican incumbent governor of Georgia “allowed” Dr. Ricardo Azziz to run amok in the process of the consolidation of our local colleges, Augusta State University and the Medical College of Georgia. This is […]

Obviously, We Were Deceived

Obviously, We Were Deceived

Talk about a bombshell! The town has been abuzz since Tracey McManus’ well-written expose centering on serious sexual abuse allegations against Augusta’s local NAACP President Charles Smith ran over the weekend. The two part Augusta Chronicle article took several months to put together, and leaves not only Smith but a number of other local leaders looking […]

Magic Act Is Demanded Before New Administrator Takes the Stage

Magic Act Is Demanded Before New Administrator Takes the Stage

If Tameka Allen was not qualified to be Augusta’s new administrator, you have to wonder how she is expected to pull off the greatest magic act in recent governmental history. Commissioners this week rejected a $1.2 million energy excise tax aimed at local industry, yet still demand that much money to cover long-promised and overdue […]

Allen Is Smarter and Better Than This

Allen Is Smarter and Better Than This

I am sure there are one or two issues somewhere out there that Rick Allen and I disagree on, but hand to Heaven I could not tell you what they are. Most definitely there are conservative positions that I wish he would take a more aggressive stand representing and defending, but I have always been […]

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 […]