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Marathon-running trucker looking on bright side after a health-related setback.

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Meet the North Carolina ‘Swamp Loggers’

Working his operation from Jacksonville, N.C., Bobby Goodson, owner of Goodson's All-Terrain Logging, is one of several pioneers of the method of "shovel logging" he's become somewhat famous for today, thanks to the Discovery Channel's "Swamp Loggers" series. The reality show, depicting Goodson and crew's work in the low-country swamps, helped propel the Discovery Channel to near the top prime time cable network ratings earlier this year -- averaging close to 2 million viewers per episode. For listings, click here, and for video ...

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Jason’s Law support continues to grow

Monday, June 28, was the day supporters of the Jason's Law trucking parking safety and security legislation were calling for a united front from the community of drivers and others in the industry toward its passage; I was on the road most of the day, and I'd be willing to bet others were in similar situations and missed that call. Among those requesting truck drivers to contact their legislators about the issue were Allen and Donna Smith over at http://AsktheTrucker.com, as well as driver ...

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Good to the last drop with trucker-invented Bottle Buddy

A story in the Akron Beacon-Journal from last week detailed the inventing prowess of dump-truck driver for Barbicas Construction and former long-hauler Charlene Cook, of Akron, Ohio. She unveiled her gizmo, the Last Drop Bottle Buddy, at the Invention and New Product Exposition, or INPEX, outside Pittsburgh June 16-18. The Bottle Buddy is essentially a sturdy stand and a cup on which you can place all manner of bottles to drain the last of their contents -- while ...

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Con-Way gets a nod from marketers

Trucking has probably been more of a follower than a leader when it comes to adapting to the Internet, but a recent feature story in marketing tabloid BtoB shines a nice light on truckload and logistics provider Con-Way Inc. for its use of social media. (“B-to-B” is marketing jargon for business-to-business relationships.) “Twitter application drives business for trucking company” focuses on Con-Way’s uses of Twitter and Facebook. This month the company launched a Twitter feed that sends ...

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‘Sexiest trucker alive’ goes to the Himalayas; more from Alaska

According to an interview published at the website of Esquire magazine, Ice Road Truckers star and Alaskan Dalton Highway hauler Lisa Kelly (pictured; photo by Rick Gershon of the History Channel) is not only the “sexiest trucker alive.” What’s more, she was speaking w/ Esquire writer Erik Price on sat phone from the Himalayas in Southeast Asia. “I'm shooting for another trucking show. We're hauling cement, water... sheep one time — just anything we can find," ...

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My first run behind the wheel

Next time you ask if I've driven before, I can at least say "yes" before the qualifiers (well, "at 40 mph, if that," "with an automatic transmission," "no trailer on") begin. A visit to Schneider National headquarters in Green Bay, Wis., to bear witness to the truckload carrier's 75th Anniversary celebration June 10 yielded unexpected delights, let's say.  First, though, I got to try out one of the company's simulators. At the the Schneider Driver Training Center, company safety VP Don Osterberg and driver-trainer Dale ...

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Champion sumo wrestler/Idaho potato hauler

If rumored body-mass-index caps ever become a reality for interstate truckers (however doubtful that is), 420-lb. Kelly Gneiting (pictured, as featured in a Feb. 2009 edition of ESPN magazine) may well be there to prove the regulatory faults. As a sumo wrestler, he's in top shape, he said in this recent story, on the website of the Denver Post. You might not know that the three-time U.S. sumo champ is also a potato hauler, based in Idaho, of ...

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

‘Big Cat Trucker’ offers new-driver advice at Great West

Rick Sylvester (pictured) started making videos at his hometown church in Houston about five years ago. From there, he says, his online productions “just took off.”  Shortly after he started his trucking career, Sylvester launched a YouTube channel documenting his first year and a half as a driver, shooting, editing and posting his own videos about trucking school and time on the road. Today, that channel has more than 600 subscribers, and he has attracted upwards of ...

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Familiar name added to tractor-pull nationals’ list of sponsors

The team behind Mobil Delvac heavy duty diesel engine oil will sponsor the 35th annual Budweiser Dairyland Super National Truck and Tractor Pull, June 24-27 in Tomah, Wis. The event boasts six sessions of action-packed pulling over the course of the four days, and it's one of the largest motorsports events in the Midwest.  This year's competition is the only event on the National Tractor Pullers Association circuit that hosts all twelve divisions of super national competition, with ...

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