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At Independence Insurance Agency, we offer several types of insurance coverage for local, intermediate, and long-haul trucking needs. Here are just a few categories of trucking insurance coverage that our agency offers.
As the foundation of your insurance policy, liability coverage is required by law in most states in the U.S. It provides coverage for damage or injuries caused to properties or other people if your 18-wheeler is responsible for the crash. Without liability coverage, it's almost impossible to drive a truck or run a trucking business without major legal consequences.
Having physical damage coverage is an essential component that shouldn't be overlooked. This insurance is responsible for covering the expenses related to repairing or replacing your truck in situations such as accidents, theft, vandalism, and other damaging events. By having this coverage, you can rest assured that your business won't be affected significantly by unexpected incidents, and you can continue running your operations smoothly even in challenging times.
For trucking companies, the goods they transport are crucial to their operations. To protect these goods from damage, loss, or theft while in transit, cargo insurance is essential. This coverage provides much-needed peace of mind for both you and your clients, allowing you to reimburse clients for any losses sustained while protecting your reputation and brand identity.
Non-Trucking Liability Insurance is designed to cover property damage or bodily injury that may occur during personal time when the driver/truck is not under dispatch. This coverage can be applied with or without a trailer and is added to a commercial policy as an endorsement.
While Independence Insurance Agency has built a reputation of excellence in serving the needs of truckers, we also offer general liability. Also known as Truckers General Liability, this coverage insures for bodily injuries or property damage that happen due to business activities that are NOT the cause of operating a truck. It covers accidents that occur in parking lots, rest stops, also while loading or unloading. General liability can also cover losses related to theft and vandalism. Most brokers and shippers will require this coverage to work with you.
Bobtail insurance is a type of coverage that is comparable to non-trucking liability, which is designed to offer protection when driving a truck without a trailer attached. This is commonly referred to as "bobtailing." With bobtail insurance, the tractor is covered at all times, even when it is not attached to a trailer, regardless of whether or not the truck is under dispatch.
Trailer interchange insurance is a must-have if you're involved in a trailer interchange agreement. This essential coverage offers protection for trailers owned by other parties that you're using under a contractual agreement. It covers damages caused by collisions, fire, theft, and vandalism, providing assurance to all parties involved.
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If you're looking for a commercial trucking insurance agency for your business, chances are you have some questions - and we've got answers. Keep reading to learn more about some of the most commonly asked questions we hear from truckers like you.
Why go with a "jack of all trades" when you can work with specialists who focus exclusively on transportation insurance? We have excellent relationships with major trucking insurance carriers and, as such, can provide the best assistance and reasonable rates.
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We proudly work with more than 20 carriers to provide our clients with the most advantageous options at competitive prices, catering to the needs of owner-operators and big fleets alike.
Permit filings are typically done by insurance companies on the next business day. Federal (FMCSA) filings are completed online and updated immediately, while some states may take up to three weeks to process.
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Shelby football overwhelmed by Reidsville in NCHSAA 2A West final
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REIDSVILLE — A prideful program, Reidsville football had grown tired of hearing about its playoff failures against fellow North Carolina powerhouse Shelby.On Friday, the Rams went about changing the narrative.Shelby’s bid for a 20th state title collapsed under the weight of a Reidsville avala...
REIDSVILLE — A prideful program, Reidsville football had grown tired of hearing about its playoff failures against fellow North Carolina powerhouse Shelby.
On Friday, the Rams went about changing the narrative.
Shelby’s bid for a 20th state title collapsed under the weight of a Reidsville avalanche, thumping the Golden Lions 49-14 in the NCHSAA 2A West final at Reidsville Community Stadium.
“Reidsville is a heck of a team, an extremely good football team,” said Shelby football coach Mike Wilbanks. “They made some great plays on us early and unlike previous weeks, we simply couldn’t respond.”
Reidsville tight end Kendre Harrison provided examples of why 247Sports has him rated as a four-star recruit, catching two touchdown passes in the first half of Friday’s game.
On his first touchdown, Harrison outmuscled three Shelby tacklers to eclipse the goal line. He also had a 32-yard TD reception with 44 seconds until halftime, giving the Rams a 28-0 halftime lead.
“(Harrison) is extremely talented,” Wilbanks said. “There were times we had him covered pretty well, and he’d make a great catch to move the chains or score.”
Reidsville quarterback Al Lee also had a big game, throwing five touchdown passes. Harrison and Que Flippen each had two touchdowns, while Dionte Neal also caught a TD pass. Aidan Mansfield and Paul Widerman added touchdown runs.
Izay Bridges got Shelby on the board in the third with a 42-yard touchdown reception. Eli Falls also had a TD catch in the fourth.
“I’m proud of how this team never gave up,” Wilbanks said. “The 49-14 score may not show it, but we challenged them at halftime to show some pride, and I believe they did that.”
Shelby’s season ends at 11-4. Meanwhile, Reidsville (14-1) advances to take on Clinton in Saturday’s 2A state final in Raleigh.
Livermush Festival to kick off Saturday in Shelby
Mush, Music and Mutts Livermush Festival is back for its annual celebration of all things fun, food and of course - mush.See if you can beat last year’s champion in the livermush eating competition, enter the recipe contest, enjoy a cook off or enter your pet in a costume contest.The official North Carolina Livermush Festival will take place Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in uptown Shelby.Karyn Owens, Cleveland County director of marketing and communications, said according to survey and analyt...
Mush, Music and Mutts Livermush Festival is back for its annual celebration of all things fun, food and of course - mush.
See if you can beat last year’s champion in the livermush eating competition, enter the recipe contest, enjoy a cook off or enter your pet in a costume contest.
The official North Carolina Livermush Festival will take place Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in uptown Shelby.
Karyn Owens, Cleveland County director of marketing and communications, said according to survey and analytic data, an estimated 12,000 to 15,000 people attended last year and they expect just as many, if not more, this year.
Owens said there were a record number of vendors last year, and they are nearly at 100 for this year’s festival, including several food trucks which will be serving livermush items. In 2022, Mack’s Livermush sold approximately 6,500 sandwiches.
There will be two stages with live music, and Dirty Grass Soul is headlining.
Other festival highlights include a livermush eating contest, recipe contest and cookoff, kids parade, pet costume contest and more than 90 craft, food and beverage vendors.
The annual event is a hit, and although not everyone is a fan of the southern dish, it has its loyal customers.
In a post on the Livermush Festival’s Facebook page, people share memories and preferred ways to eat the pork product. Lysa Ledbetter Sands wrote that she likes to mix it in with scrambled eggs.
“I also like it cold, just sliced from the package. Mack's it is for me!” she wrote.
Andy Pagoota said it is the best stuff on the planet.
Some people said they have been eating it for as long as they can remember and shared how the food was a part of their best childhood memories with loved ones.
“I don't have a 1st memory, it's always been a constant part of my diet for about as long as I can remember,” wrote Shane Cooke. “Whether fried and on toast with egg and cheese, with pancakes covered in syrup, cold on bread with yellow mustard, or microwaved and stirred in with grits and a pat of butter the size of Montana, I've always eaten it.”
One woman posted and said attending the festival was on her bucket list for her 48th anniversary.
Kelly Short said one of her first livermush memories was going with her mawmaw to the old Shelby Farmers’ Market and buying homemade livermush. Short said she could smell the sage coming from their stand.
“It was the best ever,” she said. “We'd spread it on crackers and fry it for breakfast. So many fond memories.”
Evan Allen wrote that his grandparents were from Old Fort “so naturally my family and I grew up on Hunter’s livermush from Marion.”
He said his grandma and dad would make it for breakfast.
“Truly one of my finest childhood memories that I’ll never forget. In addition to breakfast, it was also a great snack as a sandwich with Dukes Mayo, that’s all you needed,” Allen said.
Check out the full schedule of events for the weekend:
Main Stage Presented by Albemarle Corporation:
9 a.m: JAVA Entertainment
11 a.m: Larry & Joe
1 p.m: ShadowGrass
2:30 p.m: Dirty Grass Soul, presented by Walker Woodworking!
Carolina Harmony Trail Stage:
9:30 a.m: The Dancing Fleas
10 a.m: NC Year of the Trail Opening Ceremony and Carolina Harmony Trail Ribbon Cutting with the City of Shelby, North Carolina
11:30 a.m: The Biscuit Eaters
12:45 p.m: Muddy Boots
1:45 p.m: PacJAM Ramblers
9:30 a.m. - Dynamo Dogs
10:30 a.m. - Pet Parade
11 a.m. - Pet Costume Contest
12 p.m. Dynamo Dogs
1 p.m. - Costume Contest Award Ceremony
1:30 to 2 p.m. - Musical Sit
3 p.m. - Dynamo Dogs
For more information or to sign up for the livermush eating contest, find Liver Mush Festival - Mush, Music & Mutts on Facebook or at nclivermushfestival.com.
Early voting is underway in Cleveland County
Early voting for the 2023 elections began Thursday with fewer than 60 voters casting ballots on opening day.Early voting will continue in the weeks leading up to Election Day on Nov. 7. Here are important things to know about early voting:When and WhereCleveland County residents may cast their votes from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday until Nov. 3. Early voting will also be available from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4. Early voting is held at the Board of Elections, 215 Patton Drive, Shelb...
Early voting for the 2023 elections began Thursday with fewer than 60 voters casting ballots on opening day.
Early voting will continue in the weeks leading up to Election Day on Nov. 7. Here are important things to know about early voting:
When and Where
Cleveland County residents may cast their votes from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday until Nov. 3. Early voting will also be available from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4. Early voting is held at the Board of Elections, 215 Patton Drive, Shelby.
Voters may request a ballot be mailed to them using the N.C. State Absentee Request Form available at their local elections office or online at clevelandcounty.com.
Voters can register to vote and cast a ballot during early voting only.
Beginning with the 2023 municipal elections, North Carolina voters will be asked to show photo ID. All voters will be allowed to vote with or without a photo ID. If a voter cannot show photo ID when voting in person, they can still vote by filling out an ID Exception Form.
Cleveland County Water Board
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James D. Bundy
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Robert L. Ramseur
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Andrew L. Hopper Sr.
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Shelby routs East Gaston in Deer Park Gaston County game of the week
Shelby has accumulated much of its offense in recent years through a high-powered passing attack.Thursday, with the Golden Lions pursuing a Southern Piedmont 1A/2A Conference championship game matchup next week, Shelby reverted to more of a run-heavy offense in its 49-13 victory at East Gaston.The result created a winner-take-all matchup between unbeaten league and county rivals Burns (7-2, 5-0) and Shelby (6-3, 5-0) next week at Shelby’s Blanton Memorial Stadium.East Gaston (7-2, 3-2), which had started its season...
Shelby has accumulated much of its offense in recent years through a high-powered passing attack.
Thursday, with the Golden Lions pursuing a Southern Piedmont 1A/2A Conference championship game matchup next week, Shelby reverted to more of a run-heavy offense in its 49-13 victory at East Gaston.
The result created a winner-take-all matchup between unbeaten league and county rivals Burns (7-2, 5-0) and Shelby (6-3, 5-0) next week at Shelby’s Blanton Memorial Stadium.
East Gaston (7-2, 3-2), which had started its season at 7-0 for the first time in the school’s 52-year history, will finish third in the league regardless of the Warriors’ result next week at Highland Tech.
Shelby rolled for 364 yards total offense with a season-high 263 yards rushing.
Also, the Golden Lions failed to throw a touchdown pass for the first time this season.
Tristan Tate, who rushed for a game-high 127 yards and two touchdowns, said he felt his offensive line created running room for him and his teammates; Drew Hollifield, Izay Bridges, Jaylen Tate and Nick Norris also had TDs on rushing plays.
“I just followed the guard and he created room for me,” Tate said.
Quarterback Lan Farmer, who entered the week tied with Crest’s Ny’Tavious Huskey for the N.C. high school lead in TD throws with 31, completed five of 10 passes for 101 yards.
“We thought they’d bring some pressure,” Shelby coach Michael Wilbanks said. “So we settled on the run. At this time of year, we’ll take a win however we can get it.”
Shelby RB Tristan Tate: Rushed 15 times for 127 yards and two touchdowns.
Shelby RB/WR Izay Bridges: Rushed twice for 27 yards and one touchdown, caught four passes for 86 yards and returned a kickoff 85 yards for another touchdown.
East Gaston QB Trenton Sherrill: Rushed 11 times for 21 yards and one touchdown and completed 16 of 27 passes for 127 yards and a TD throw to John Michael Green.
▪ With wins by all four Cleveland County schools over Gaston County schools on Thursday night, Cleveland County finishes its 2023 regular season with a 21-0 record this season against Gaston County schools; Crest and Kings Mountain went 6-0, Burns 5-0 and Shelby 4-0.
Shelby hosts Burns next Friday; East Gaston visits Highland Tech next Friday.
Shelby 21 7 7 14 — 49
East Gaston 7 0 0 6 — 13
S — Drew Hollifield 7 (Jose Lopez kick)
S — Tristan Tate 9 run (Lopez kick)
EG — Trenton Sherrill 3 run (Tripp Abernathy kick)
S — Tristan Tate 15 run (Lopez kick)
S — Jaylen Tate 35 run (Lopez kick)
S — Izay Bridges 33 run (Lopez kick)
EG - John Michael Green 33 pass from Sherrill (Pass failed)
S — Bridges 85 kickoff return (Lopez kick)
S — Nick Norris 6 run (Lopez kick)
'He is so well-loved' | WWII vet, published author celebrates 102nd birthday
Ralph Sullivan's story begins in Gaffney, South Carolina in 1921. He's just added a new chapter to it.SHELBY, N.C. — Ralph P. Sullivan's life story is like a thick book, with many chapters to it. It's largely thanks to the long life he's led thus far.On Tuesday, a new chapter for Sullivan opened up as he celebrated his 102nd birthday. Loved ones joined him at the Brookdale Assisted Living Center in Shelby, North Caroli...
Ralph Sullivan's story begins in Gaffney, South Carolina in 1921. He's just added a new chapter to it.
SHELBY, N.C. — Ralph P. Sullivan's life story is like a thick book, with many chapters to it. It's largely thanks to the long life he's led thus far.
On Tuesday, a new chapter for Sullivan opened up as he celebrated his 102nd birthday. Loved ones joined him at the Brookdale Assisted Living Center in Shelby, North Carolina for the festivities.
With applause and singing of the traditional "Happy Birthday" tune, Sullivan and his family took time to reflect on his story. Mary Farrow, his daughter, told WCNC Charlotte photojournalist Donald Fountain that it's been a life well-lived.
"He has more than a cat's nine lives," she said. "We never had any idea he would live this long and I'm so glad he did."
Sullivan's story began just across the state line in Gaffney, South Carolina, in 1921. Farrow said her father wrote a book about his life, which included reflections on his childhood. He didn't have a mother growing up, but he and his father were as thick as thieves. Farrow said re-reading her father's memoirs gave her an even greater appreciation of the relationship Sullivan had with her grandfather.
"He put in his book he had the best daddy in the world," Farrow said. "Well, I think I have the best daddy in the world too."
Credit: Ralph Sullivan celebrates his 102nd birthday in Shelby, North Carolina
Sullivan would go on to serve in the U.S. Army Infantry during World War II, receiving a Bronze Star for his service as a captain. When he came back home, he'd start working in a textile plant as a plant manager, although he would be forced into an early retirement after a colon cancer diagnosis in 1970. He would also earn his degree from Clemson University, remaining a loyal Tiger fan to this day.
He also faced a health scare in 2013. But despite being given just seven days to live, he walked out of the hospital and went back home. Now at 102 years young, Sullivan now enjoys the simple things in life: watching Clemson football games, listening to religious music, following the stock market, and tending to his rose garden.
With all those years under his belt, Sullivan shared a simple piece of advice for the next generation: "Be a better person in all respects."