South Carolina

Of football and viral road signs

Did you see the hit South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney put on Michigan's running back New Year's day? More on the subsequent road-sign spoof that emerged in the aftermath.

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Expedited advantage, part 1: Equipment, carriers

The time-sensitive freight niche could be one of the last profitable bastions of irregular route long-haul, offering fuel mileage and other reduced costs, more income on fewer miles and load and lane novelty.

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Prime drivers complete triathlon

Seven Prime, Inc. drivers competed in the Revolution 3 Olympic distance triathlon relay and aquabike in Anderson, S.C.

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Pilot Flying J sponsors triathlon

Pilot Flying J is sponsoring the Revolution 3 Triathlon on Oct. 14 in Anderson, S.C., as well as sponsoring 11 truck drivers from Truckers to Triathletes and Prime Trucking.

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More trucks, scenes from Knoxville show last week

Cinderella sleeper storyI was stoked at the Southeastern Regional Truck Show in Knoxville, Tenn., last weekend when, on Saturday morning, this yellow Mack pulled into the lot with none other than my childhood hometown of Rock Hill, S.C., lettered on the doors. The unit is the four-year project, completed when he put the truck in service in 2001, of 41-year-old owner-operator John Randolph, who lives in nearby Blacksburg, S.C., but whose shop for his and his ...

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ATTN Charleston port haulers: boosted cash incentive

The folks at Cascade Sierra Solutions, a nonprofit dedicated to connecting operators with opportunities to boost environmental friendliness and operational profitability, sent a notice today any Charleston, S.C., port haulers will want to take notice of, particularly if you've been waiting for the right opportunity to get rid of that pre-1994 model truck you can't otherwise unload. Incentives for CSS's Charleston port truck replacement program will increase from $5,000 to $10,000 beginning this week. "The voluntary ...

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‘Monkey gouger’ Jimmy Ardis beats the odds to 4 million safe miles

Owner-operator Jimmy Ardis of Sumter, S.C., leased to Moultrie, Ga.-based Sapp Trucking, learned to drive "in a 1971 International 4070 cabover with a 250 Cummins in it," he says, running to the West Coast and back. He'd driven farm tractors prior to that. "I pretty well had it mastered by the time I went over the road." This might be a story emblematic of so many owner-operators', but for the fact that, as is well evident ...

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G&P to deliver wreaths for outreach

Gaston, S.C.-based G&P Trucking Co. will deliver wreaths to veterans’ graves as part of the national Wreaths Across America outreach. G&P driver Danny Burgess, a Navy veteran, will transport the wreaths in South Carolina cemeteries for the second consecutive year. The carrier is honored to be part of the project, said Clifton Parker, G&P Trucking president and general manager. “It’s just a small way that we can give something back for all those veterans who have ...

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‘Truck nuts’ in litigious fire in South Carolina

So-called "truck nuts" or "truck nutz," fake bull testicles that are available for purchase in all colors of the rainbow (including with a chrome finish), are a common sight hanging on the ball hitches of pickup trucks the nation over, not to mention in humorous pictures of pickup owners sitting on their back bumpers directly above a pair. A case originating in Bonneau, S.C. (population approximately 400), near Monck's Corner, with 65-year-old Virginia Tice's truck nuts ...

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Highlighting cargo theft

One week after St. Patrick’s Day,  on Wednesday my hometown newspaper, the Rock Hill, S.C., Herald, reported that a locked trailer hooked to driver Barry Cousar’s tractor, parked at the Lake Marian Truck Stop on U.S. 21 at I-77, was burglarized. Bandits made off with $28,000 worth of green highlighters, prompting reporter Kimberly Dick to ask the obvious question of the thieves' intent. Among numerous jokes about marathon fume huffing at the paper's website, one commenter quipped, “The ...

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