Austin Rhodes

Austin Rhodes


The “Paschall Principle” looms large in mayoral election

The “Paschall Principle” looms large in mayoral election

Talk is hot and heavy these days that Augusta Commissioner Joe Jackson is not just joshing when he says he is considering a run to succeed Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver. Well-known (and generally beloved) businessman Brad Usry is asked almost every day if he is still considering a run at the same office. If my hypothesis […]

Whose place is it to protect and serve?

Whose place is it to protect and serve?

Criticism of the Aiken County Sheriff’s Department and the local court system has been coming hot and heavy in the wake of last weekend’s murder/suicide involving a 67-year-old mentally disturbed grandfather and his 16-year-old grandson. While shock, heartbreak and confusion are certainly understandable in the aftermath of such a horrific event, misplaced blame is certainly […]

Past is Indeed Prologue for “Banned” Mom

Past is Indeed Prologue for “Banned” Mom

The Richmond County Board of Education officials I spoke with this week all share the same general opinion of Tanya Mount: “She is a colossal flake.” Of course, those folks have far more of the “real background” on the story that spread like wildfire over the internet and painted Mount as some sort of “put […]

No Smoking Allowed at the Orgy

No Smoking Allowed at the Orgy

Simple concept here; I just wish I could make the adult (so I am told) members of the Augusta Commission understand it. It is commendable that our wonderful civic leadership is so concerned for our health and welfare that they want to snatch the lit cigarettes from our quivering, puckered lips, but, to be quite […]

Don’t Tell Atlas

Show of hands, people. Who paid for and maintained their family’s own health insurance since the family was established by marriage, or childbirth? (my wife and I raise our hands… we will call this Group A.) Who wanted to get health insurance, but was unable to because of limited income or a pre-existing medical condition? […]

Welcome to the GOP, Dr. Roberson!

What do you think the left wingers who run the American public education bureaucracy would think if they heard what Richmond County School Superintendent Dr. Frank Roberson had to say last week about the need for the church community to be more involved in the lives of at-risk minority male students? They would likely suggest […]

The Vacuum that Most Deserves Abhorrence

Somebody had to do something, and only a moron would debate that point. Our nation’s healthcare system is broken. While there are many culprits, and God knows more ethical and spiritual dilemmas than a legion of philosophers and clergy could debate in a million years, one thing is certain: neither of America’s two ruling political […]

Roundtree’s Team Needs First Amendment Refresher Course

I saw this coming way back in January, and I knew it was going to be a problem. But before I get to our latest odd tidbit in the still-developing relationship between Augusta’s top cop and the Fourth Estate, the past once again is prologue. In our first “get to know you” meeting with newly […]

The State Line Is Apparently a Bad Guy’s Best Friend

I guess it is easier, and certainly more fun, for high-ranking law enforcement types to bitch about the media instead of going after bureaucratic BS that puts innocent kids in harm’s way. At least that is how it seems to me. Last week’s bizarre revelation that a Richmond County school custodian came under heavy scrutiny […]

Come Party With Us… And Bring Cash!

Come Party With Us… And Bring Cash!

I am not sure whether to call this “ballsy,” “audacious” or “ignorant as all Hell.” Pick one; any of them fit. Invitations to Augusta Commissioner Corey Johnson’s 40th birthday party went out a few weeks ago and, as you can see, the back of it had a fairly direct “suggestion”: birthday presents are not necessary, […]