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Loves opens new locations in Ohio, Michigan

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The new Love’s Edon, Ohio, location is Love’s 500th store and offers 111 truck parking spaces. (Courtesy: LOVE’S TRAVEL STOPS & COUNTRY STORES)

OKLAHOMA CITY — Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores has opened locations in Edon, Ohio, and St. Clair, Michigan.

The Edon store, located on State Route 49, adds 60 jobs and 111 truck parking spaces to Williams County.

The St. Clair store, located off Interstate 94, adds 50 jobs and 104 truck parking spaces to St. Clair County.

The Edon store marks Love’s 500th location.

“Opening our 499th store in St. Clair, Michigan, and our 500th store in Edon, Ohio, is a huge milestone for Love’s,” said Tom Love, founder and executive chairman of Love’s. “These two locations will become important parts of our story. When we opened our first store in 1964, we couldn’t have imagined how the company would grow and we wouldn’t be here today without our loyal customers and employees.”

Both locations are open 24/7 and offer many amenities.

Amenities at Edon include more than 8,000 square feet, Arby’s, 111 truck parking spaces, four RV parking spaces, 63 car parking spaces, nine diesel bays, seven showers, Speedco location on-site, laundry facilities, bean to cup gourmet coffee, brand-name snacks, Fresh Kitchen concept, Mobile to Go Zone with the latest electronics, CAT scale and a dog park.

St. Clair, Michigan, amenities include more than 8,000 square feet, McDonald’s, Subway, 104 truck parking spaces, 84 car parking spaces, four RV parking spaces, nine diesel bays, seven showers, Speedco location on site, laundry facilities, bean to cup gourmet coffee, brand-name snacks, Mobile to Go Zone with the latest electronics, CAT scale and dog park.

In honor of the grand opening, Love’s will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at each location. Love’s will also donate $2,000 to the Four County Career Center in Edon and $2,000 to the St. Clair County Regional Educational Service Agency in St. Clair.

 

 

 

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Love’s, its customers raise more than $3.75 million for children’s hospitals

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Love’s showed additional support for CMN Hospitals on National Coffee Day, which took place September 29-30 during the store campaign. To honor the day, all hot beverages were discounted to $1, with sales going to CMN Hospitals. (Courtesy: LOVE'S)

OKLAHOMA CITY — Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores and its customers raised more than $3.75 million for sick and injured children through its five-week store campaign to raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. In the 20th year of the campaign, the company surpassed its goal of $3.6 million and set a company record for the most money raised during a campaign.

“We are so thankful to our employees and customers who not only donate at our stores, but who also go out of their way to raise money for sick and injured children in creative ways,” said Jenny Love Meyer, vice president of communications for Love’s. “Each year, we enjoy seeing communities come together for this effort and we couldn’t be prouder to have raised over $3.75 million for this year’s campaign.”

From August 26-September 30, customers could purchase Miracle Balloons, round up to the nearest dollar at registers or pumps or participate in events like 5k runs or fishing tournaments to donate money to CMN Hospitals.

Love’s showed additional support for CMN Hospitals on National Coffee Day, which took place September 29-30 during the store campaign. To honor the day, all hot beverages were discounted to $1, with sales going to CMN Hospitals.

“We are excited about the results of this year’s Love’s fundraising campaign,” said John Lauck, president and CEO of CMN Hospitals. “Not only did 2019 mark a 20-year milestone of partnership between Love’s and CMN Hospitals but more exciting, Love’s also crossed $31 million in donations to help sick and injured children treated in our hospitals across the U.S.”

Of the 170 CMN Hospitals throughout North America, 107 benefit from Love’s annual campaign.

 

 

 

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DeFazio asks IG to investigate reports of Chao’s conflicts of interest

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In requesting an investigation of Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, Rep. Peter DeFazio cites newly-obtained information from a recent media report that suggested Chao used her office to give preferential treatment to organizations and projects in Kentucky where her husband, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is currently seeking re-election. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is requesting an investigation into Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao and her reported conflicts of interest.

Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., made the request in a letter to Department of Transportation Inspector General Calvin L. Scovel III.

The letter, sent October 11, cites newly-obtained information from a recent media report that suggested Chao used her office to give preferential treatment to organizations and projects in Kentucky where her husband, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is currently seeking re-election.

Politico reported that 25% of Secretary Chao’s meetings with local officials between January 2017 and March 2018 were with individuals from Kentucky.

DeFazio said the report noted that requests for meetings with Chao are typically forwarded from McConnell’s office to Chao’s chief of staff, who previously worked on McConnell’s Senate campaign, DeFazio wrote.

The Office of the Secretary of Transportation took exception to DeFazio efforts.

DeFazio said the Politico report followed an earlier report that Chao had asked her chief of staff to serve as an intermediary between her office and McConnell’s office, and that he had helped advise the senator and local Kentucky officials on federal grants of particular significance to McConnell.

“These allegations were first raised by left wing advocacy groups and hashed out in the media, and the department has previously fully responded to them. They are politically motivated and intended to waste time. While the Department will always be cooperative and responsive to appropriate requests, DOT looks forward to a prompt and final resolution of these questions,” a DOT spokesman told The Trucker Tuesday.

“Allegations included the steering of discretionary grants to fund these projects,” DeFazio wrote.  “I would expect Secretary Chao to meet with individuals from her home state more regularly than other states, but the sheer volume of meetings with local officials from Kentucky when compared to meetings with local officials from the rest of the country creates an appearance of favoritism that is troubling.  Even more troubling is the fact that McConnell’s campaign touted the Politico article on social media saying, ‘Mitch McConnell is a Kentucky Asset.’”

DeFazio said news reports have also raised questions about Chao’s adherence to her federal ethics agreement in which she agreed to divest certain assets to prevent her personal finances from creating conflicts of interest.

In particular, it has been reported that the secretary retained stock in Vulcan Materials, a stone and asphalt producer, as opposed to accepting a cash payment for her stock options in the company, as provided for in her ethics agreement.

 

 

 

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Sgt. John Samis, left, of the Delaware State Police is the new president of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. Maj. Jeremy "Chris" Nordloh, center, with the Texas Department of Public Safety is secretary and Capt. John Broers with the South Dakota Highway Patrol is CVSA’s vice president. (Courtesy: CVSA)

GREENBELT, Md. — The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) transitioned to its new leadership for the 2019-2020 term September 25 at the CVSA Annual Conference and Exhibition in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Sgt. John Samis of the Delaware State Police is the new president of the Alliance. Capt. John Broers with the South Dakota Highway Patrol is CVSA’s vice president. Maj. Jeremy “Chris” Nordloh with the Texas Department of Public Safety was elected by the membership to the position of secretary.

President Sgt. John Samis has been with the Delaware State Police for more than 25 years and is currently the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) supervisor of its Commercial Motor Vehicle Unit. He served CVSA Region I for two years as vice president and two years as president. Sgt. Samis was chair of the CVSA Election Committee and the CVSA Finance Committee. He attended CVSA’s annual leadership meetings in Washington, D.C., for six years and was also an active participant in developing CVSA’s strategic plan.

Vice President Capt. John Broers has been with the South Dakota Highway Patrol for 19 years and is commander for the Motor Carrier Division which oversees MCSAP functions, size and weight enforcement, and permitting operations. He served as CVSA Region III vice president for two years and president for one year. Broers chaired an ad hoc committee and was a member of the CVSA Election Committee and the CVSA Finance Committee. He attended CVSA meetings regularly for nearly a decade, leadership meetings in Washington, D.C., for two years and was a participant in the development of the CVSA strategic plan.

Secretary Maj. Chris Nordloh has been with the Texas Department of Public Safety for 23 years and in commercial vehicle enforcement (CVE) for 20 years. He served as the CVE program manager for eight years, including the Motor Carrier Bureau, MCSAP grant management, border enforcement, and size and weight enforcement. Nordloh has participated in CVSA meetings for nine years, served as chair of the CVSA Size and Weight Committee for two years and he is a member of the CVSA Automated CMV Working Group.

The path to CVSA presidency starts when an individual is elected by the voting membership to the position of secretary. That person will serve one year as secretary of the Alliance, while concurrently serving on the CVSA Finance Committee, the next year as vice president, the year after that as president, then three years as past president – making the entire process a six-year commitment.

Chief Jay Thompson of the Arkansas Highway Police will resume his term as past president. At the end of 2018, CVSA President Lt. Scott Carnegie retired from the Mississippi Department of Public Safety. As a result, the CVSA Board of Directors selected Thompson, who was president in 2015-2016 and was serving his three-year term as past president, to assume the role of president for the remainder of the 2018-2019 term, which he completed with the Alliance’s transition to 2019-2020 executive leadership.

In addition to the executive leadership transition, the new president of Region I is Sgt. Eric Bergquist with the Maine State Police and vice president is Tpr. William Alarcon of the New Jersey State Police.

 

 

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