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Author: Don Rhodes

25 Years

Whether you love him or hate him, ‘radio blowhard’ Austin Rhodes has lasted for more than 25 years By his “Cousin” Don Rhodes   Because WGAC radio talk show host Austin Rhodes and I share the same last surname, over the years his listeners have come up to me somewhere and ask if we are related. It’s generally always an amusing encounter, because right after they ask almost timidly, “Now, are you related to Austin Rhodes?” they act as if they are ready to take a step backwards in case I’m going to explode with some angrily-worded answer. The...

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50th Anniversary of the Greater Augusta Arts Council

Greater Augusta Arts Council weathers rainy days to observe 50 years as an umbrella group   It was just a small notice of two paragraphs published on Page 10A in The Augusta Chronicle on Sunday, August 27, 1967, and yet it would have a major effect on the Augusta area’s individual artists and arts-related organizations. “Junior League of Augusta will hold an open meeting at 11 a.m., Sept. 12, at St. Paul’s Church parish hall. Jesse C. Reese Jr., executive director of the Arts Council of Winston-Salem, N.C., will be guest speaker. “The public is invited to hear him lecture on...

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Remembering the Rialto

Photo courtesy of The Augusta Chronicle The same day that The Augusta Chronicle announced on its front page that Hollywood movie actress Grace Kelly was engaged to a prince in Monaco, “Our Town” columnist Chris Brady announced inches away on Page 1 that the Rialto was closing after more than 60 years as a movie theater. “The Rialto Theater, one of the city’s oldest movies houses, is going out of business,” Brady wrote in his column published Friday morning, January 6, 1956.  “Lack of customers.  Milton Newsom, city manager of the Imperial and Rialto, said the theater would close...

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