Austin Rhodes

Austin Rhodes


James Brown for Dummies

James Brown for Dummies

We are just six weeks away from the premiere of the amazing new James Brown biopic that through its preview trailers has taken the entertainment world by storm. I will go on record now as predicting major box office success for the picture, as well as Academy Award nominations for several of its top stars. […]

The CSRA’s Summer “To Do” List

The CSRA’s Summer “To Do” List

Any man who has been married for two minutes knows the importance of the infamous “to do” list. As we see the weeks of summer slipping away and the calendar slowly inching its way to July, may I share what I believe is a pretty serious list of things we need to get done before […]

The Past Remains Our Invaluable Prologue

The Past Remains Our Invaluable Prologue

While I have no idea who is writing “The Insider” these days, I am quite confident they know how to get in touch with me. That is why I am a bit perplexed as to why the column would question my motives (without ever expressing an opinion as to what they may be) without either […]

The Right Was Right, the Left Was Wrong

The Right Was Right, the Left Was Wrong

Six years ago, we were presented with an interesting situation that had our old buddy President George W. Bush ready to bust a nut. In June of 2008, roughly five months before President Obama defeated Senator John McCain to become our Commander-In-Chief, the Supreme Court opened the door for Guantanamo Bay terror detainees to have […]

HARDIE – HAR -HAR!

HARDIE – HAR -HAR!

Say what you want about conspiracy theories, scandals, and “October surprises” Augusta style, when all was said and done Hardie Davis has become the most astute and educated man to assume the chief position in Augusta’s consolidated government.  Davis’s amazing 70% plus landslide makes Deke Copenhaver’s big victories pale in comparison (pun intended), and perhaps […]

Helen’s Past in a Plain Brown Envelope

Helen’s Past in a Plain Brown Envelope

It came Monday the 12th. One week and one day before the final Election Day. I have to say “final” Election Day because it seems like Augustans have been voting for over a month. I have maintained for years that my old friend Helen Blocker-Adams is too nice to be in politics. Too nice, too […]

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, […]