Austin Rhodes

Austin Rhodes


A Note From Austin Rhodes

A Note From Austin Rhodes

In regards to my Metro Spirit column that appears in the Thursday, August 27, issue, and that has already been withdrawn from the Spirit‘s website, I was inadvertently relayed inaccurate information on Dr. Ron Jowers that I need to correct. Dr. Jowers and his staff recently gave their full cooperation to DEA personnel auditing prescription […]

Is Someone Impersonating Joe Mullins?

Is Someone Impersonating Joe Mullins?

A registered letter arrived this week, with a “demand” that I cease and desist “communicating information about Mr. (Joe) Mullins that you know to be false.” Okay. Along the same lines I can “cease and desist” tap dancing with koala bears, partying with Vanna White and singing tenor with the Gay Men’s Chorus of Atlanta. […]

Medical Geniuses in Need of Blue Collar Common Sense

Medical Geniuses in Need of Blue Collar Common Sense

The texts and emails started coming in around 6 p.m. Friday evening: CODE BLACK ALERT AT GRU! Less than 24 hours prior, we had been notified of a Code Black (active shooter) activation at Georgia Regents University’s downtown medical complex, apparently triggered by the accidental discharge of a handgun by one of the guests recently […]

Joe Mullins: More Baggage Than the Kardashians on a Long Vacation

Joe Mullins: More Baggage Than the Kardashians on a Long Vacation

Sometimes alarming, sometimes sad and, yes, sometimes entertaining. You folks should see some of the “information” that gets sent my way. Incriminating pictures, scandalous email, nasty text messages and, many years ago, even a few VHS tapes. Ninety percent of the time, the ribald adventures of local folks who have too many hormones and not […]

The Nine Lives of Joel Danko

The Nine Lives of Joel Danko

Nine months after I broke the news that there was a major steroids scandal brewing for the Richmond County Sheriff’s Department, we are still waiting for the complete report prepared by the GBI to be released. It has been in the hands of Augusta District Attorney Ashley Wright since early April, with no public explanation […]

I Am Coming Out of the Closet (Again)

I Am Coming Out of the Closet (Again)

In recognition of last week’s U.S. Supreme Court decision recognizing the right of gays to marry nationwide, I submit my original “coming out” declaration, which first appeared in these pages in January of 2013. Two and a half years later, I am still proud to have written it and prouder still to dispel the notion […]

Sadly, Hate-Based Mass Murder Is Nothing New

Sadly, Hate-Based Mass Murder Is Nothing New

So first Walmart announced it was removing any and all items from their shelves that feature the Confederate battle emblem in the wake of the brutal mass shooting in Charleston. And the State of South Carolina now is working to remove the Confederate Battle Flag from their statehouse grounds, which has been flying in one […]

White People’s Problems

White People’s Problems

Over the weekend, the Metro Spirit released a well-written and impeccably researched article by Stacy Eidson (“Picking Up the Tab”) concerning the Columbia County Commission’s rather pricey choice of Savannah as the location for an April get together of commissioners and department heads to discuss “advance planning” for all things municipal. The commissioners had to […]

Columbia County: Conservatives or Con Artists?

Columbia County: Conservatives or Con Artists?

A few weeks ago one of Columbia County’s dirty little secrets made its way into the headlines with the death of a construction worker who was apparently part of a large crew of illegal aliens working in a very nice, new neighborhood. Steve Crawford shared the details in his Columbia County News-Times article: Officials with […]