Texas

IdleAir opens new Texas location

IdleAir has announced the opening of its newest location at the Conoco in Baytown, Texas, at I-10 Exit 797. IdleAir is offering a Grand Opening special of only $1.25 plus tax per hour at the new location through June 30. IdleAir provides drivers an alternative to idling their engines and APUs. Their services include heating and A/C, 120 volt electricity, more than 60 channels of DirecTV, including the ESPN package, and basic Internet service. IdleAir is continuing ...

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Truckers to DOT: ‘Smartphones are winning’

Smartphones are whipping the Department of Transportation in the battle for the attention of the motoring public, wrote Whitesboro, Texas-based Pennco Transportation driver Martin Groseclose on Overdrive’s Facebook page, in response to last week's news of the DOT’s strategy for dealing with the epidemic of four-wheeler distracted driving. If you missed said news, check it out via this link -- it detailed plans to encourage states to pass anti-handheld phone use/texting laws and efforts to ...

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New heights for American pride?

Driver David Ray Thornburg took matters into his own hands, reported Steve Stoler of WFAA in Houston, when he saw a barren flagpole at a truck stop in Denton, Texas, on Memorial Day. Thornburg, a military veteran, with video camera running, drove his truck down to a nearby Wal-Mart, got the store to donate a flag and took it back to the truck stop, where he hung it himself. The stop then took it down, citing ...

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Bogan case: More reasons to choose a carrier carefully

The Bogan case may be best viewed in the context of tried-and-true advice: be smart and choosy about who you run for. You never know when you may need the boss to go to bat for you rather than hanging you out to dry by being forced out of business.

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Leaving long-haul: Operators migrate to oil/gas

I talked to a pair of recently former team owner-operators late last week who, like owner-operator Mike Mace, leased to Reed Trucking, have truly rediscovered their old love of trucking -- in this case as company drivers in service operations surrounding new natural gas wells enabled by hydraulic fracturing technology. The strong demand for capacity in oil and gas services is bringing in competition to local markets as large as, you guessed it, Schneider National. The truckload ...

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Log-haulers, Bastrop County TX wants you

In addition to the Lost Pines Log Pull competition Bastrop nonprofit Logs to Lumber is hosting this coming weekend to add competitive spirit to their efforts harvesting viable timber from an area devastated by wildfires last year and help more than 1,700 homeowners rebuild, Jamaica Morz, working with the organization, could also use a little timber/lumber-hauling help. "We are currently working with a grassroots organization, Logs to Lumber, that has made an arrangement with a sawmill ...

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Charity event to harvest timber after major Texas wildfire

The Logs to Lumber organization in Bastrop County, Texas, is holding the Lost Pines Log Pull charity event May 26-27 and seeks volunteer participants. The “Burned Forest Challenge” follows the Labor Day 2011 wildfires, the “largest wildfire in Texas history,” says area property owner Jamaica Morz, that destroyed 1,700 homes. To help citizens rebuild, the Logs to Lumber nonprofit organization was founded to facilitate the harvest and utilization of still-viable timber resources. With more than a million ...

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Driver posthumously named TCA Highway Angel

The Truckload Carriers Association has learned of a professional truck driver who was killed while attempting to help an accident victim and has bestowed Highway Angel status upon the late Raul C. Perez  Jr. of Lancaster, Texas, who drove for Aquatic Trucking. On Feb. 12, 33-year-old Perez was headed westbound on Interstate 20 near Clyde, Texas, and saw an accident. He walked to the vehicle to check on its occupants. As ...

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New Excargo terminal in Texas

Excargo Services Inc. announced the opening of its new container terminal at 601 Foreman Road at Williams Drive in Orange, Texas.

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NFI driver delivers third roadside baby

I was all set this morning to write about the debate over the appropriate strategy toward dealing with fraud in the trucking industry from crooked poseur brokers and the like (tune in tomorrow for more on that), but sometimes a story hits that is just too good and/or unbelievable to pass on. Today, that story is NFI driver Mike Hawthorne's. According to press reports, and NFI's website, Hawthorne not only assisted Jack and Tammy Smith on ...

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