Austin Rhodes

Austin Rhodes


Officers of the Court or Good ol’ Boys in Robes?

Officers of the Court or Good ol’ Boys in Robes?

I sometimes wonder if Augusta area police investigators have the same exact conversations with their confidential informants as I have with many of mine: “Okay… I can tell you about this, but if it comes out I am the one who said it, I am THROUGH (or RUINED or KILLED)…” In the wake of serious […]

SPLOST Makes for Strange Bedfellows

SPLOST Makes for Strange Bedfellows

If I were drawing up a Bizzaro World list of enemies and allies in local politics, I would be hard pressed to imagine the alliances being formed on both sides of the upcoming Augusta Special Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) vote. Mayoral Candidate Helen Blocker-Adams and the Infamous Ryan B say “NO.” Mayor Deke Copenhaver […]

The Sky Is the Limit for the New Augusta National

The Sky Is the Limit for the New Augusta National

Just when you thought our yearly foray into the international sports headlines could not get any better, those “stodgy old stick-in-the muds” at Augusta National have gone and made it bigger, better and dare I say even more special than we once considered could be possible. The advent of the National’s involvement in the Drive, […]

Tiger’s Withdrawal Comes Without Economic Sting

Tiger’s Withdrawal Comes Without Economic Sting

While it may be impossible to prove on paper, most local tournament pundits agree: had Tiger Wood’s Masters withdrawal announcement come a few weeks earlier, there is a good chance real money could have been sucked right out of our local economy. There is a shadow economy that exists off the books from what the […]

So You Want to Be Our Next Superintendent…

So You Want to Be Our Next Superintendent…

Dear Prospective Superintendent: First of all, welcome to our fine community. I recommend the barbecue at Sconyers, the lasagna at Luigi’s, the coffee at the Metro and the cold beer at the Stillwater Taproom. You may need a few of those beers. You will find that the serious-minded people of the CSRA will back you […]

Columbia County is dodging the decision… for now

Columbia County is dodging the decision… for now

While the leadership decisions of Dr. Ricardo Azziz have certainly put MCG/GRU in a white hot spotlight of negativity unlike one we have seen in quite a while, allow me to remind you kind readers that all of our local major medical institutions have had internal changes/meltdowns/con jobs that have put them all on the […]

There Once Was a Girl…

There Once Was a Girl…

It was one “Throwback Thursday” picture I would have never thought I would be posting on Facebook. I found it a few weeks ago among my mom’s collection of family photos. She always kept pictures that she deemed significant and, even though I had thrown my copy of this one away 29 years ago, Mom was […]

Good News on Both Sides of the Bars!

Good News on Both Sides of the Bars!

Today (Tuesday) was a good day. I was told early in the afternoon that embattled Columbia County Tax Commissioner Kay Allen, and her husband County Commissioner Charles Allen, had penned resignation letters and would be submitting them before the day was over.  Technically, the resignations were announced and accepted at the 6pm county commission meeting, […]

Columbia County GOP must intervene against the Allens

Columbia County GOP must intervene against the Allens

The reports have continued to pile up and they do not look good. Columbia County Tax Commissioner Kay Allen is sinking deeper and deeper into a political abyss that has been made worse, if that is possible, by her defiant public silence and refusal to come clean to her constituents. You know the sordid details, […]

Lessons Learned from STORMAPALOOZA 2

Lessons Learned from STORMAPALOOZA 2

Was there a bit of distance put between “the men and the boys” when it comes to how our different leaders managed to function and act during last week’s ice storm?  While there is certainly a need for administrators and office types to coordinate behind the scenes, and make sure supplies and resources are guided […]