Austin Rhodes

Austin Rhodes


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 […]

Masterful propaganda clip long on emotion, short on substance

Masterful propaganda clip long on emotion, short on substance

The production team responsible for the two and half minute Humane Society video “expose” of animal cruelty in the medical research labs of Georgia Regents University should step out of the shadows and take a bow. I am sure there have been more effective pieces of outrageous propaganda produced for various reasons over the years, […]

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? […]