Austin Rhodes

The Rocket Has Launched, but in Which Direction?

The Rocket Has Launched, but in Which Direction?

The new black majority on the Augusta Commission took off with its first major decision Monday, and just for kicks and giggles, with white commissioner Grady Smith’s vote added to the mix. The 7-2 vote to hire Augusta native Janice Jackson as the new city administrator was not publicly planned, or widely expected, but it […]

Calling BS on “No Comment”

Calling BS on “No Comment”

There may have been an occasion that ended happily and without incident when an elected official said “no comment” concerning allegations of bad behavior or illegal activity, but I’ll be damned if I can recall one locally. Once famously popular, Columbia County Commissioner Scott Dean’s refusal to come clean concerning thousands of text messages back […]

Tax Increase Was Well-Choreographed Plan

Tax Increase Was Well-Choreographed Plan

Mayor Deke Copenhaver had one important vote blow up on him a few weeks ago, and it wasn’t about to happen again. Monday’s 5-5 split Augusta Commission vote on the 1.75 mill property tax increase, with the Mayor breaking the tie to pass it, was as well planned as any vote in recent memory. Commissioner […]