Anyone with an interest in long-haul trucks, or in any of the big rigs the city of Farmersville uses to serve the public, will have a place to go on Saturday.
That place will be along Farmersville Parkway just off the downtown square. Mayor Bryon Wiebold has assembled a program – which he calls Touch a Truck – and it is aimed at raising scholarship money for the commercial driver’s license training program at Collin College-Farmersville.
Full scholarships at Collin College-Farmersville cost about $8,000 each, Wiebold said, “but we are hoping we can fund a couple of them. I think we’re going to do a lot better than that.”
The scholarships would be in honor of Elmer Lindamood, a man who Wiebold knew and who, according to him, was generally regarded as an all-time great guy and a “first-class driver” of big trucks.
After attending Lindamood’s memorial service about a year ago, Wiebold said he “was struck by how people felt about him.”
Now Wiebold has found a way to merge his duties as mayor with the job he works in private life – which includes recruitment of drivers for trucking firms.
“Collin College has this great CDL training program, and they do it right here in Farmersville,” he said, “so it was a natural” to have an event such as Touch a Truck, which on Saturday will coincide with the annual Cops and Rodders car show that will occur on the downtown square.
“We asked the Farmersville Police Association if our Touch a Truck event would conflict with theirs,” Wiebold said, “and they were very generous in supporting our effort.”
For the full story, see the July 14 issue of The Farmersville Times.