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Ex-Arrow chief loses expensive home

Former Arrow Trucking drivers, as well as those disgusted by the company’s mismanagement, might gain some slight sense of vindication in reading the Tulsa World’s account of the foreclosure on the home of former Arrow Trucking Chief Executive Officer Doug Pielsticker. The home, like Arrow in its final days, was way too deep in debt. Three mortages on the property exceeded $3 million, more than the home’s appraised value of $2.5 million, says the newspaper. The company’s ...

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Walcott Truckers Jamboree — starting now…

As I write this, driver attendees and others have no doubt begun to file into the big show, the Walcott Truckers Jamboree, at the Iowa 80 Truckstop in Walcott, Iowa. After noting this pic from last year's Thursday-night fireworks show and "Lights at Night" custom truck lighting competition, I'm wishing I could be there. As always, the Walcott show is sure to be a hoot. If you're in the area now, or passing through tonight, stop ...

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Dentistry: latest in driving distractions

It's been texting for a couple years now, after it was CBs and Qualcomm units and cell phones, and now DOT is reportedly eyeing other in-cab distractions for potential regulation beginning later this year. Then there was that rash of ugly outcomes after haulers either choked on or were otherwise distracted by food -- oh a-and there were those reports of on-highway sexual acts, too -- and now, according to this story on the Canadian news site ...

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Another familiar name on the 2010 NTPA tractor-pull circuit

Mobil Delvac isn't the only top diesel oil name you'll see on the tractor-pull circuit this season. Since I blogged about Delvac's involvement as sponsor of the big Tomah, Wis., tractor pull in June, I've taken note of another on-highway oil mainstay's sponsorship of the high-profile Koester Racing team. Pictured are the Shell Rotella-sponsored pullers of father-son team Larry (black) and Adam (white/black) Koester. The Koesters came away from Tomah with four top-ten finishes.   They're pullers with championship histories in the mini-modified ...

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Need a light load?

What's 9 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide and weighs 180 lbs.? We're not talking about the Sasquatch here, but rather the collective dimensions of these three roosters, posted Wednesday on the uShip site needing transport from Hesperia, Calif., to Virginia Beach, Va. The receiver? Well, a little informed guesswork tells me it's none other than the Pollard's Chicken restaurant locations opening this year in and around Virginia Beach. Maybe the family that started the small business is making ...

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Owner-operator keeping alive legacy of a frozen sperm whale — and so much more

Did you know there once was a trucker who started his career as a showman by hauling the frozen, preserved body of a sperm whale in a reefer around the country? If owner-operator Ken Harris is doing what he sees as his job, you do, and you'll remember him for a long time to come. Tyrone Malone is the man in question, and Harris is the proprietor of the www.tyronemalone.net website that documents Malone's adventures throughout the years at the helm ...

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Manufacturing still growing, but more slowly

The recovery is still with us, note the factory-watchers at the Institute for Supply Management. The manufacturing sector expanded in June for the 11th consecutive month, though at a less heated pace than in May. The overall economy for the 14th consecutive month in June. Of course, the housing and labor markets still suffer. The first affects flatbed freight, though flatbed seems to have enough other business to have started the year well. First-quarter data from ATBS ...

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Dollars & Sense

Most of us wander through life on autopilot. We end up in our jobs by default. Are you in control of the decisions about your life?

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Online Interface Makes it Easier for Drivers to Find Need-it-Now Parts

Before it's too late

If it’s a matter of your life or the job, make the right choice, and don’t leave your loved ones wondering why.

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Down and out

Carolyn gives advice on a teenager's self-esteem, online friendship and the decision to have children.

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