Todd Dills

Schneider National celebrates 75 years

The company was founded in 1935 when Al Schneider sold the family car to buy his first truck.

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New Truckers News photo contests starting in July

In July, Truckers News, via its photo group on Flickr.com, is embarking on a new monthly series of photo contests -- the winner will have his/her photo published in the magazine and will receive an instructional book on photography. Each contest will be themed, so it may require a little looking around/searching -- I'm posting this early on so you can get to scanning the horizon for some scenes including JUNKED or FORGOTTEN TRUCKS/TRAILERS, such as ...

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3,000 miles for you

Jazzy Jordan reached the 3,000-mile mark yesterday as I was working on the story and vid below -- check it out for her father's call for all able truckers to join the run as it heats up to the finish line in Times Square next week. Photo courtesy the Jordans. 

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Jazzy Jordan approaches the finish line

Turns out Lee Jordan's early-May prediction that he and his daughter, Jasmine "Jazzy" Jordan, would be making their Times Square, New York City, finish point of Jazzy's run across the U.S. to benefit the St. Christopher Fund by a week from today was on-the-spot correct. I spoke with Lee (pictured) yesterday and he said the pair were in Joppa, Md., approximately 170 miles from their destination. "We need all the runners we can between now and then," ...

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Good ink on Missouri truck driving championships

Among drive-image-building efforts that are decades-long institutions are the yearly state truck-driving championships, which in 2010 will culminate in the final national competition Aug. 3-7 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The efficacy of the championships in the image arena was on full display in this story, published Sunday in the Springfield, Mo., News-Leader, about that state's own championships, held on a driving course on the headquarters campus of Prime. I got the chance to visit the carrier last ...

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From fuel price ‘nightmares’ to trucking book

Writer Mary Richardson, whom Atlanta-based Creative Loafing describes as a former editor with the Truckers Connection publication, had what she describes as "nightmares" during relatively modest spikes in fuel prices during the year 2006, shortly after she started working there. She "was having these apocalyptic nightmares about fuel prices getting so high that trucks would stop," she told Creative Loafing's Wyatt Williams, "causing grocery store shelves to fall empty, with people running around and buying up everything, having ...

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Rush opens Oklahoma City facility

Rush Enterprises opened a brand-new 115,000-square-foot truck sales and service center.

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Mack TerraPro refuse truck ‘Sliced’ on History Channel

The star of last week’s episode of the History Channel television program Sliced was “tough, rugged and good-looking,” said makers of said star, a Mack TerraPro refuse truck that the show’s host, John McCalmont, showed backed up its exterior with EPA 2010 emissions-certified power in the guts. Each week, the Sliced host uses a bevy of tools to slice objects apart, layer by layer, exploring how they work. On previous episodes, McCalmont has taken on objects ...

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Las Vegas newspaper columnist delivers ‘half-hearted’ trucker salute…

It's not exactly a big 10-4, but in her "Road Warrior" column in the Las Vegas Review-Journal a week ago, Adrienne Packer detailed her state's latest addition to the growing nationwide effort to pair state troopers with truckers to target four-wheelers' unsafe maneuvers around big trucks for citation. While Packer reflects a somewhat common feeling among the motoring public when she wonders whether the program is more than just a way to boost revenue coming ...

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Ode to a well-stacked weekend warrior

As we head into Memorial Day weekend it's likely some of you out there will enjoy a rare round of golf with a friend or relative in town for once in a while. My father's coming to town, so I know I will, and it will be a perhaps more-than-rare round indeed. I don't play much -- or well -- that's sure. If only I could tool around the course in the golf cart you see ...

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