Austin Rhodes

Austin Rhodes


Failure to Act Can Put Blood on our Own Hands

Failure to Act Can Put Blood on our Own Hands

There are real bad guys in the real world who mean to harm innocents. Their stories have been told for years, whether named for their handiwork, like Jack the Ripper and The Boston Strangler, or known by their now infamous proper names, like John Wayne Gacy and Ted Bundy. The monsters preyed upon their victims […]

Death Comes to Oakdale Road

Death Comes to Oakdale Road

Hannah Raye Newman died last Sunday in Rusty Ritch’s old house. 1121 Oakdale Road, in National Hills. Danny Dailey and Buzzy Conner used to live right close there, and while they were a bit older than me, they were still very familiar faces in my life for many years. From 1968 until 1983, Oakdale Road […]

Farewell, Chris Kane (and Other Big News)!

Farewell, Chris Kane (and Other Big News)!

The good news is Chris Kane is expected to stay in Augusta. The bad news is he won’t be coming into your homes via Channel 6 much longer. The popular WJBF News Channel 6 morning anchor is turning in his microphone, and his Freddy the Weatherman coffee mug, for a future that remains unspecified, but […]

Olympic Golf Should Have Debuted in Augusta

Olympic Golf Should Have Debuted in Augusta

The headlines out of Augusta this week included word that the gold medalist in the modern Olympics debut of the men’s golf competition this summer will also be receiving an invitation to play in the 2017 Masters Tournament. While it marks the first time that the Augusta National is officially linking itself to an Olympic […]

Protecting Your Right to Say No

Protecting Your Right to Say No

At this moment in the State of Georgia, as a business owner and a private citizen, you have the right to say “no” to just about anything. For a few more minutes, anyway. I am going to put aside the specifics of Georgia’s recently vetoed Religious Liberty Bill (HB 757), also known as the Free Exercise […]

Months-Long Feud Led to Deadly Riot

Months-Long Feud Led to Deadly Riot

The conflicts that led to last Friday’s deadly riot in South Augusta had been brewing for months, and were centered around the amorous activities of one particularly defiant teenage girl. Investigators and officials close to the case tell me the Glenn Hills High School student apparently generated a massive amount of ill will and conflict […]

Open Primaries Are Insane

Open Primaries Are Insane

If the 2016 primary season has brought us one lesson, it is that for the sake of the integrity of the American political system, the major political parties must close their primary elections. I have no idea how Donald Trump is going to finish out his run for the Republican presidential nomination, but if he […]

Trump Hyperbole Ridiculous and Silly

Trump Hyperbole Ridiculous and Silly

“Donald Trump is the worst person to ever run for any office, ever.” — Typical quote, from a typical editorial, from a typical American newspaper run about a gazillion times in the last six months.   I do not come to praise Donald Trump, but I do not come to bury him in a two-ton […]

Getting Away with Murder, and Looking Good Doing It

Getting Away with Murder, and Looking Good Doing It

I have to hand it to Media General, the parent company of Augusta’s WJBF-TV, Channel 6. They appear to have pulled off one of the sneakiest media maneuvers ever made in the Augusta market, while making their innocent competitors look like schmucks in the process. While the evil spirit of Simon Legree may be somewhere […]

District 13 or Augusta Commission? You Decide.

District 13 or Augusta Commission? You Decide.

Folks, I yield my column space this week to my dear sister-in-law, Leah Guillebeau Cassell. She is one of the smartest women I know and, as you can see here, fiercely loyal and impeccably well spoken. She posted this on her Facebook page in the wake of Tuesday’s hideous Augusta Commission meeting, and the indefensible shenanigans that […]