Rausch has been the business editor since September 2008, previously serving as senior business reporter. He joined the Chronicle in April 2007. He has written for newspapers in Napoleon, Ohio, Moline, Ill., and Lima, Ohio. He holds a bachelor of science in journalism from Ohio University (1992). In 2006, he received a second place award in business writing from the Association Press in Ohio.
Posted September 26, 2013 11:06 am

Alltel customers becoming AT&T subscribers

Edgefield County Alltel customers, you just joined AT&T.


AT&T completed its acquisition of Atlantic Tele-Network Inc.’s U.S. retail wireless assets operated under the Alltel brand this week.


The whole deal involves the network, towers, stores and subcribers in six states, mostly in rural areas.


In South Carolina, it involves about 155,000 customers. Other nearby areas affected include Orangeburg, McCormick, Allendale, Barnwell and Bamberg. (About 100 employees are now also part of AT&T.)


AT&T says it will begin upgrading the former Alltel network to its 4G and plans to move customers to the AT&T network by the middle of 2014.


STAFFING FIRM EXPANSION: Kudzu Staffing Inc. from Greenville, S.C., now has an office in Augusta.


The branch is on Damascus Road and technically opened in July. Company officials says they’ve already gotten 15 clients placed in jobs, focusing on construction and manufacturing industries.


Over the last six years, the company has been expanding, setting up in Columbia and Charleston.


Kudzu has done business in manufacturing, engineering, construction and professional work.



  • Marcos Pizza opening its next location in North Augusta at the end of October at 401 W. Martintown Road. 
  • The independent Apple retailer PeachMac ends its run in Evans. 
  • Arkansas company begins building Cabela’s store in Village at Riverwatch. Stock ticker CAB will soon be added to Sunday stock listing.


TURNED 60: Culpepper Lumber Ace Hardware, in Thomson and Evans, celebrated its 60th anniversary.


The store is owned and operated by local entrepreneurs Lem and Peggy Brooks and family.


“This marks an exciting milestone for us,” said owner Lem Brooks. “We have been part of the neighborhood for six decades and want to thank our valued customers for their continued support.”