Lubbock police officer hands a free dinner to a trucker

Police department, local resident offer dinners to truckers from ‘a grateful west Texas’

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LUBBOCK, Texas — Seeing a crowded truck-stop parking lot was all it took for Lubbock Police Department Cpl. Chris Paine to gain a new appreciation for the unsung heroes of the supply chain. Paine said he responded to a call at a local truck stop late one night. While there, he took notice of the volume of trucks parked there for the night. “I was so taken aback by the sheer number of semi trucks that were overflowing in the parking lots,” Paine said. “We’ve heard so much about doctors, nurses, first responders all thanked for being on the front lines....
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‘Pride in my ride’: Arkansas trucker brings solar power, style to his ‘96 Peterbilt

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Photos of a Peterbilt with solar panels on top and a Batman logo on the side of the sleeper have made their rounds online with sightings and posts from Pennsylvania to Arizona. Social media trucking groups are buzzing as many wonder “who’s truck is that?” and “how do you put solar panels on a truck?” Well, The Trucker tracked down the owner of this striking Peterbilt and luckily, he was willing to share the details of what he says is “just a work truck.” First things first, what’s up with those solar panels? “That’s what everyone talks about  —those panels,”...

Minnesota Trucking Association names Art Stoen as driver of the year

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MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Trucking Association has named Arthur “Art” Stoen, a professional truck driver for Kane Transport in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota as the 2018 Minnesota Driver of the Year. The award was presented to Stoen, a resident of Austin, Minnesota, at the association’s Driver of the Year Banquet recently. Stoen, a resident of Austin, Minnesota, has been driving a truck for 55 years and has driven more than 4.4 million safe miles. Kane Transport is a leading transporter of petroleum, asphalt, biodiesel and ethanol in the Midwest. “This award is a great way to honor the best in our industry,” said...
Carla Brown in front of her bright green truck

Hakuna matata: U.S. Army veteran, owner-operator has ‘no worries’ attitude, dedicates her truck to...

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When a graphic artist decides to buy her own tractor, you’d expect the paint job to be interesting. That’s certainly true of Carla Brown’s lime green 2019 Freightliner Cascadia. She designed the graphics herself including the ladybug motif down the center of the hood. “My truck is dedicated to my sister; she loved lady bugs,” Brown told The Trucker. “She was a truck driver, too.” Tragically, Brown’s sister, Carolyn, lost her life when she was struck by a pickup truck while spotting for another truck driver. Carolyn’s photograph is a part of the design, prominently displayed on the side of Brown’s...

Rachel Bothwell named WIT March Member of the Month

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PLOVER, Wis. —  Rachel Bothwell, a professional city driver for FedEx Freight in Rapid City, South Dakota, has been chosen Women In Trucking’s 2019 March Member of the Month. Bothwell’s trucking career began while growing up on a dairy farm in Minnesota. Trucking was a way of life on the farm, whether they were hauling grain to the elevator or hauling livestock to and from the pastures and sale barn. Being behind the wheel of a semi truck became natural for her. So natural in fact that before she graduated high school, she took a job working for a local farmer helping...
Gaynelle Williams distributes treats to truckers

Woman on a mission: Missouri trucker’s wife delights drivers with home-baked treats

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NEVADA, Mo. — This week, truck drivers stopping by Buzz’s BBQ just off Interstate 49 at exit 101 in Nevada, Missouri, have been treated to a variety of freshly baked goodies, all made by Gaynell Williams of Schell City, Missouri. A photo of Williams in the back of her SUV, wrapped in a blanket for warmth and handing out individually wrapped treats, has made the rounds on Facebook, appearing on numerous trucking pages and gathering countless comments and thank-yous from truckers around the nation. As the wife of a trucker, Williams said she felt a calling to do something to help...
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New Mexico Chick-fil-A offers drive-thru service for semis, free meals for pro drivers

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FARMINGTON, N.M. — Drivers passing through Farmington, New Mexico, now have a new drive-thru option for prepared food. Chick-fil-A, at 4910 Main St., has opened a semi-truck-friendly drive-thru service. In addition, the restaurant is offering free meals to professional truck drivers and first responders. “We’ve seen a need, not only in our community, but across the country as Americans try to deal with the coronavirus pandemic and daily life is being altered,” said restaurant owner Gary Smouse. “The nation's truck drivers are among those who are still working and need food options,” he continued. “Truck drivers are risking their personal health and...

Dan Johnson tries to give 4-wheelers benefit of doubt, but says they don’t pay...

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Dan Johnson of Milton, Florida, northeast of Pensacola, can tell you what destruction looks like. One kind is caused by the hurricanes that routinely pummel his home state of Florida. The other kind occurs on the nation’s highways, mostly caused by unthinking four-wheelers but sometimes by truck drivers. A 22-year career driver and retired Navy man, Johnson has seen a lot of changes on the road, but said the most dangerous one is that “everyone is in a hurry and no one is paying attention.” Mainly, he said, the drivers not paying attention are four-wheelers, like the woman he saw recently...
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Iowa 80 truck stop announces pet, truck beauty contest winners from first-ever virtual Truckers...

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WALCOTT, Iowa — Like many other truck shows and events since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Iowa 80 truck stop’s 2020 Walcott Truckers Jamboree moved to an online format this year to comply with social-distancing guidelines. The virtual event kicked off Thursday, July 9, and continued through Saturday, July 11. “Participation for our online events was larger than we could have imagined,” Heather DeBaillie, vice president of marketing, told The Trucker. “Thank you, drivers! We look forward to seeing everyone in person at next year’s Walcott Truckers Jamboree, July 8-10, 2021.” During the jamboree, participants had the opportunity to...
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Log on…log off

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This poor trucker probably wishes he was behind a computer and not behind the wheel of this semi.  This video brings a new meaning to "log on and then log off." The video has been viewed over 645,000 times within hours of posting on Facebook. Courtesy: John Clark

At the Truck Stop: Young rookie flatbed driver grew up wanting to get behind...

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In the running debate over whether professional truck drivers under the age of 21 should be allowed to run loads interstate, one of the main arguments made by those who are opposed to the idea is that young people lack the maturity to handle the job, that they just aren’t serious-minded or responsible enough. Then there’s the old classic, “These kids today, they don’t wanna work.” That may not be true about a lot of young adults, but not all of them. To borrow a phrase from Rod Serling, respectively submitted for your approval is one Mr. Kie-Aire Collins, a...

Trucker, songwriter Paul Marhoefer keeping it between the lines despite record deal

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Trucker Paul Marhoefer’s CD, “Bessemer to Birmingham,” is being marketed at truck stops. Marhoefer is still pulling reefers, saying he hopes to be trucking when he’s 80. “I’m 56, just going down the road writing songs for 30 years,” truck driver Paul Marhoefer is fond of saying. Known as “Long Haul Paul,” Marhoefer, now 58, is still going down the road — hauling eggs and dairy products for Moeller Trucking. What’s different is that during the past two years he’s recorded some of those songs on an album, “Bessemer to Birmingham,” produced by Travis Wammack. A Memphis, Tennessee, music prodigy, Wammack recorded...

At the Truck Stop: This expediter’s loads are light and so are his spirits

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Seeing Ray Shamel standing in line at the Petro truck stop off Interstate 40, exit 161, near Little Rock, Arkansas, you could almost mistake him for a professional truck driver. He looks the part. And he’s obviously at home at a truck stop. Then again, he’s got a little more pep in his step, he’s a little less bedraggled than most truckers are as they take care of business and life’s necessities. He’s quick to smile and to start a conversation wherever he finds one. He’s relaxed rather than weary. There’s a simple explanation for the similarities and the differences, and...
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At the Truck Stop: Auto-transport driver is building brand with enthusiasm, kindness

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Many drivers work hard to project a professional image, but there aren’t many who have a brand. Jacinda Duran, the Women In Trucking February 2020 Member of the Month, is acutely aware of hers. She takes her mission of inspiration, encouragement and motivation seriously, regularly posting her thoughts and activities for thousands of followers on multiple social-media platforms under the name “Jacinda Lady Truck’n.” She maintains her own website at jacindaladytruckn.com and is registered as her own Limited Liability Corporation in Arizona. “I have this special gift of connecting with people, and I thank God for it,” she told The...

After 55 years of trucking, MTA Driver of Year Art Stoen retired but not...

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Art Stoen, 74, only takes one medication. It’s for cholesterol, and he had to be talked into that. To hear him tell it, sounds like the doctor may have had to twist his arm a little. After all, said the 55-year career truck driver, “I feel fine, energetic.” When The Trucker caught up with him, Stoen had just shoveled snow in front of his home in Austin, where a couple of days before the wind chill had been 60 below. By the way, that’s Austin, Minnesota, not Texas. Just about cold enough to go ice fishing, now, said Stoen, who January...

Texas driver Mike Sheeds grand prize winner of 4th annual Road Warrior contest

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A professional driver of more than 27 years, Mike Sheeds has over 3.5 million safe driving miles under his belt. Sheeds has trained more than 300 students throughout his career. (Courtesy: PILOT FLYING J) KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Pilot Flying J has announced the winners of its fourth annual Road Warrior program, recognizing the "heroes on the road" with cash prizes. Mike Sheeds of Bandera, Texas, Terry Lee of Robert, Louisiana, and Desiree Ridley of Davenport, Florida, have been named the grand, second and third place Road Warrior winners respectively. Pilot Flying J hosts the annual online contest to show appreciation for professional...

Bison Transport’s Treana Moniz is WIT 2019 May Member of the Month

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PLOVER, Wis. —Treana Moniz has been chosen as the 2019 May Member of the Month of Women In Trucking. Moniz is a professional company driver for Bison Transport in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Although she has been around trucking most of her life, Moniz’s desire and passion for trucking started in high school. Just looking at the trucks on the road made her want to drive a truck. She always loved to drive, so she thought, “why not drive for a living.” Moniz is no stranger to the trucking industry. Her grandfather hauled logs with a team of horses. Her dad worked as a...

Baggett Transportation is family company; comprises people who ‘get along together’

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — When Joe Donald graduated college in 1984, he thought he might be able to spend some time over the next few weeks on the beach and then the ski slopes. But his grandfather, William Sellers, who owned Baggett Transportation, had other ideas for the young graduate. “My grandfather gave me seven days off,” Donald, now the company president, said. “I showed up here the day after Labor Day in 1984 and have been here ever since.” It certainly wasn’t his first foray at the carrier, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. “I started working here back in the...
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At The Truck Stop: Team drivers find love for driving and each other at...

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — A lot of career success stories start with a resume. The same can’t typically be said for love stories. For Gwenetta and Julian Binns, however, both became reality. The two got the best of both worlds when they struck up a conversation at a local career fair in Ohio. Julian was looking into the possibilities of getting funding to attend CDL driving school, while Gwenetta was checking out local vendors and updating her resume. She had already obtained her CDL three years earlier but had not started driving professionally just yet. “I helped him with his resume, and...

After a year on the open road, Gabriel Valdez says trucking suits his tastes...

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Gabriel Valdez found himself an empty table at the Petro Stopping Center off Exit 161, Interstate 40, just east of Little Rock Arkansas, where he could eat his breakfast. So, what are we having this fine morning? Sausage and eggs? Biscuits and gravy? Maybe some Texas-style French toast buried in powdered sugar and whipped cream? Nope. Valdez was starting his day with fish, vegetables and brown rice. “I do that every day,” he said. “My wife cooks fish for me, I wrap it up in foil. At Walmart they have little cups of rice, different styles of brown rice. And then I...