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‘Home on the road’: Association of Christian Truckers offers services, free parking to drivers

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BROWNSTOWN, Ill. — According to Mark Hewett, you can’t be a man’s counselor until you become his friend. That is the main goal for the Association of Christian Truckers, a group in which Hewett serves as a minister. The nonprofit organization was formed in 1976 to serve as a ministry to truck drivers. “Throughout the years things have changed a little bit, but our ministry mostly consists of drivers coming off the freeway for free laundry, free parking, free snacks or coffee,” Hewett said. “Whatever we can do to help the drivers. We don’t push the Bible on them.” Hewett, who...

Feature on women in trucking topic of Mack TV series

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — “Breaking the Mold,” the fourth episode of Mack Trucks’ RoadLife series released on roadlife.tv and Amazon Prime Video, shares the stories of two women blazing trails in the trucking industry, in which women make up just 12 percent of the workforce. “I never thought my life would be with trucks,” said Raquel Renda, vice president of Fort Worth, Texas-based Renda Environmental, a wastewater residuals management company. “But I fell into it here in Texas, and I’ve been in love ever since.” Starting her day around 4 a.m. each morning, Renda’s responsibilities include keeping the 24/7 operation running smoothly...
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WIT’s July member of the month offers encouragement to fellow drivers, women interested in...

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JOPLIN, Mo. — “We live in a beautiful country, and trucking is a great way to see it.” Those words might sound like a recruiting pitch to some, and in a way, they are. They’re the heartfelt advice of Debra LaBree, a professional driver and business owner, and Women in Trucking’s (WIT’s) July member of the month. LaBree and husband Del own Castle Transport LLC, based in the Joplin, Missouri, area, and drive as a team, partnered with Landstar. LaBree’s trucking career has seen her behind the wheel for 1.4 million safe miles, and she has received multiple awards from...
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‘She saved my life’: Tennessee waitress wakes truck driver in burning truck

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LEBANON, Tenn. — A series of coincidences led to a miraculous save for Phyllis Banfield, a waitress at Uncle Pete’s Travel Center on Sparta Pike in Lebanon, Tennessee. One April morning this year, Banfield left her house earlier than usual for her shift at Uncle Pete’s and parked in a spot that wasn’t her usual spot. If she had parked where she normally did, she said, she might not have seen the fire across the road. “I wouldn’t have seen all those people. I might have seen the fire, but I don’t know what I would have done,” she said. “I...
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Espyr launches ‘Fittest Driver’ strength competition for pro drivers

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ATLANTA — Espyr’s Fit to Pass, a customized coaching program designed to improve the health of professional drivers and help them meet the physical requirements of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) recertification exam, has announced a six-week Fittest Driver contest. The competition, which begins Aug. 3 and ends Sept. 12, is designed to test the strength and conditioning of drivers and help get them on the road to better health. There is no cost or purchase required to enter the contest. During the virtual online event, drivers will compete by performing as many push-ups as they can in one uninterrupted...
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More than just trucking: Brown Dog Carriers works to improve community, help others

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BIDDEFORD, Maine — It’s immediately obvious that Brown Dog Carriers and Logistics is a trucking company unlike any other. Does any other motor carrier have a mission to “Create a world where we whine less and wag more”? Or have an official “chief canine officer” on staff? Founded in 2017 by Graig Morin, company president, and Darrell Pardy, director of finance and business development, Brown Dog’s name honors Lily Rae Morin, a chocolate Labrador Retriever adopted by Morin’s wife, Christine, back in 2009. Lily, obviously, serves as the company’s chief canine officer, and has logged more than 500,000 miles riding...
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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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REAL Women in Trucking names 2020 Queens of the Road, Trucking Industry Trailblazers

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LAKE WORTH, Fla. — REAL Women in Trucking Inc. (RWIT) has named Kristy Mathews, Edwina Webb and Vonnie Whitemagie as the recipients of the association’s fourth annual Queen of the Road Awards. Formed in 2010, RWIT promotes safety by educating the public about unsafe truck driver training and has created a network of support for women entering trucking. The organization’s mission is to deliver highway safety through leadership, mentorship, education and advocacy. “This is my dream, and I’ll do whatever it takes to succeed and thrive in this male-dominated career,” Mathews said. “The Queen of the Road award means so much...
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The Trucker News Channel – Trucker gun battle

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In this edition we cover... - Trucker shoots it out with cops - Bees close down truck stop in Nevada - Customs broker scam Hi, I'm David Compton. A trucker dies in a shootout with police, a customs broker's scam goes up in smoke, and something's buzzing at a rest stop in Nevada. These are just some of the stories we're going to cover on this edition of the trucker news channel. A suspect has been identified as Joshua Blessed, a 58-year-old truck driver from Yurman Express, as he led New York law enforcement officials on a chase that spanned three counties and lasted...
Kathy Wolter

After their kids left home, Kathy Wolter and her husband Jeff hit the road...

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Making the change from being a full-time mom and dealing with an empty nest is never easy. Luckily for Kathy Wolter and her husband, Jeff, the two have found a shared passion to pursue. “Our adventure of raising kids was over. They left us with an empty nest, and it made us realize that an opportunity and a desire arose for a new adventure,” said Kathy, adding that the couple has now been in the trucking industry more than 10 years. “We both realized, we had a desire for something else — something more exciting,” she continued. “We just started thinking,...
Karen and Richard Black

Team-driving duo among drivers recognized by U.S. Xpress for their above-and-beyond dedication

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Chattanooga-based trucking company, U.S. Xpress, honored 10 of its drivers for above-and-beyond achievements at a virtual ceremony in June. The annual awards event for drivers and their families recognizes drivers for outstanding achievements in safety and leadership. This year’s honorees were recognized for a breadth of achievements, from safely completing millions of miles to earning special praise from customers. Husband-and-wife team-driving duo Karen and Richard Black of Orange Park, Florida, were named U.S. Xpress’ “Dedicated Team Drivers of the Year.” Karen and Richard have been together for almost nine years and have been driving together for five. Richard...
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The Trucker News Channel – Cops run from semi

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The Trucker News Channel - Cops run from semi
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Su Schmerheim combines love for animals, trucking as professional horse hauler

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“Whoever said, ‘Find a job you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life’ was talking about me,” said Su Schmerheim, paraphrasing a quote attributed to Mark Twain, the pen name of Samuel L. Clemens. Schmerheim has combined a love of trucking with an older love of horses, and now makes her living running the U.S. division of Ecclestone Horse Transport. She’s also the Women In Trucking March 2020 Member of the Month. Before hauling horses, Schmerheim participated in a far different field. “I sailed racing sailboats in the U.S. and Canada for 30 years,” she said. “I’ve sailed...
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Somali immigrant driver shares story of happiness and success in trucking

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Okay. The Christmas/New Year’s Day holiday is over, and it’s time to return to school. Let’s begin with geography. Today’s lesson is Somalia, a country in the Horn of Africa. It is bordered by Ethiopia to the west, the Gulf of Aden to the north, the Guardafui Channel and Somali Sea to the east and Kenya to the southwest. It is located 9,376 miles from San Francisco (we’ll explain the significance momentarily) and 8,572 miles from Little Rock, Arkansas, where The Trucker met Fahin Ahmed on a crisp mid-winter afternoon in early January. Ahmed is an immigrant success story in the making. He’s...
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Pink power: RTI lease-purchase operator spreads breast-cancer awareness

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. — When now 36-year-old Brittney Richardson said she wanted to go to CDL school, a lot of her friends told her they didn’t think she had it in her. Now, 8 years later she is traveling the country in a bright pink Volvo as a lease-purchase driver for Riverside Transport Inc. Even without immediate support from friends and family, Richardson is never one to back down from a challenge. She said that if anything, discouraging comments only empowered her. “Almost everyone told me I’d fail,” Richardson said. “So in January 2012 I set off to truck school and...
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Teaming up: Wes and Cindy Ward appreciate trucking fellowship

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When the word “team” is used in trucking, it usually denotes two drivers taking turns at the wheel of one truck. In the case of Wes and Cindy Ward, it means traveling and serving together. “I do the driving,” Wes told The Trucker. “Cindy keeps me fed and taken care of. Whether it’s cooking, trip planning or preparing for the next truck show, Cindy stays busy.” The Maynardville, Tennessee-based couple owns a 2004 Peterbilt 379, christened “Prayerbilt,” that has an extended hood. “We named it ‘Prayerbilt’ because, really, everyone’s life is built on prayer,” Wes explained. The truck, equipped with a 1999 Caterpillar...
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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...
Robert Morris and his autism truck, Fiona

One puzzle piece at a time: Robert Morris and ‘Fiona’ increase autism awareness with...

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VILLA RICA, Ga. — Robert Morris has a lot of women in his life. “I live with seven females,” he said. “There’s my wife, twin daughters Amber and Summer (19), and three other daughters, Hayley (15), Emily (13), Caydence (7) — plus the dog.” Then there’s “Fiona,” the 2018 Peterbilt Morris drives for CDJ Bulk Express, based in West Columbia, South Carolina. As for Morris, a lot of years passed between the first time he took the wheel of a tractor-trailer and Fiona’s arrival. Growing up below the wheel “I’m a 16-year driver with 38 years of experience,” Morris said with a laugh. Like several...
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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...