Austin Rhodes

Austin Rhodes


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 read more

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 read more

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 read more

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 read more

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 read more

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, read more

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 read more

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 read more

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 read more