Austin Rhodes

Austin Rhodes


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, […]

If Cops Take Credit, They Also Have to Take Blame

If Cops Take Credit, They Also Have to Take Blame

If I have heard one constant in law enforcement lore in the 30 years I have been working in local media, it is that, perhaps with the exception of a large and active gang or organized crime task force in place, it is virtually impossible for local police to have a serious impact when it […]

Thanks for Everything, Mom

Thanks for Everything, Mom

Her Christmas gift list was made, and she had picked out her nephew’s anniversary card to mail after the first of the year. She had a stack of stamps ready to go, envelopes addressed and boxes set aside for wrapping. She had her home health care nurse stopping by Thursday morning and was looking forward […]

Kay Allen: Wicked Witch or Batcrap Crazy?

Kay Allen: Wicked Witch or Batcrap Crazy?

On the day Charles Walker was released from his federal prison cell and brought to a local “halfway house” to finish out his 10-year sentence, I spent 90 percent of my award-winning radio show pondering the phrase that sits atop this column. Sad thing, three hours of “pondering,” and lots of input on the issue […]

Dr. Frankenstein Has Killed His Own Creation

Dr. Frankenstein Has Killed His Own Creation

Fred Russell is a nice guy. He is a nice guy who I hope lives in good health for the next 100 years. There, now that I got that out of the way, it is time to bury Caesar, not to praise him. Let me set the record straight: While the Augusta city administrator should […]

The ghost of Christmas past…

The ghost of Christmas past…

I cannot account for many of the Christmas Eves in the life of Bobby Brewer, but I can tell you where he was for about a half dozen of them about 35 years ago: The Rhodes Family Christmas Eve parties at 1206 Oakdale Road. Augusta, Georgia. From 1966 through 1994 those parties were an annual […]