Austin Rhodes

Austin Rhodes


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 […]

The Five-Year-Old Ambassador

The Five-Year-Old Ambassador

Blizzardpallooza 2 caught me a bit short of time this week, but let me see if I can “Twitter size” a column for you while allowing the rather large picture you see with this piece to convey a message that needs few words. Five-year-old Austin Rhodes loved TV. He loved Star Trek, The Monkees, Land […]

Fred Drops Dead, So To Speak

Fred Drops Dead, So To Speak

In the friendly confines of the Clear Channel studios of Minnesota Fattz and Cher Best Tuesday morning, the most controversial mayoral candidate who never was withdrew his hat from the ring to become Augusta’s next chief executive. Or as some might say, “the pig got out of the smokehouse.” Deposed city Administrator Fred Russell has […]

Two Challengers Offer Transparency and Integrity

Two Challengers Offer Transparency and Integrity

Two announcements this past week made official what many had already known to be true, that a pair of men very well known in their respective counties were about to become even better known as “politicians.” They are as different as they can be: one black and one white. One working class and one affluent. […]

This Time the President Is Right!

This Time the President Is Right!

In the days before the Internet, there was this thing that people in my profession used to do called “research.” I won’t bore you with details, but it often involved trips to the library, personal interviews and the occasional scientific experiment. I am not particularly proud of the fact that, as a young man, 17 […]

He Did It To Us Again

He Did It To Us Again

Indulge me this fantasy news lead that is only the tiniest bit funny because it could so easily happen tomorrow: “The medical world was stunned today when Georgia Regents University President Ricardo Azziz announced that, after years of hard work and research, the institution had indeed discovered the cures for all cancer, the common cold […]

Mean-Spirited Science Thwarts Dems Every Time

Mean-Spirited Science Thwarts Dems Every Time

I get a kick out of the bigots on the left who constantly try to “peg” Christian conservatives as a bunch of Bible-thumping Neanderthals who can’t think their way out of a wet paper bag. Even though in the South, statistically speaking, the average conservative voter tends to be better educated, higher achieving, living cleaner, […]