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Located at 1815 N. A St., the Woodlands RV Park is now open to all travelers passing through Wellington, Kansas.

Dale Hutchison, co-owner of the Woodlands, said the idea for the RV park came about nearly six months ago during a trip to Alva, Oklahoma.

After the discovery of large oil deposits, Alva was overrun with drillers and other workers who had come to labor in the fields. Without enough proper housing in the town to accommodate the oilmen, many were left to pitch tents, or sleep in campers.

RV site at the new Woodlands RV Park

RV site at the new Woodlands RV Park

“We saw RV trailers parked all over there,” said Hutchison.

“We talked to people at the oil company, and based on their prediction, there are going to be a lot of people coming,” said Hutchison. “We’re planning for a 10 year boom.”

According to Hutchison, the park’s owners wanted to provide residents with every possible amenity, so all 34 parking slots were rigged with underground sewer and electricity hook-ups, along with cable television connections.

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The eastbound Solomon, Kansas rest stop on Interstate Highway 70 remained closed early Friday morning following Thursday afternoon’s fiery crash between a semi and a parked motor home.

A Texas man died as a result of the crash; his wife and the semi driver are reported in good condition Friday morning at Salina Regional Health Center.

The Kansas Highway Patrol said Martin L. Bal, 67, Pointbreak, Texas, and Joan C. Bal, 72, also of Pointbreak, Texas, were sleeping inside the recreational vehicle when the 2007 Peterbilt semi driven by John R. Boteler, 68, Shelby, Ind., entered the eastbound rest area at a high rate of speed The semi collided with the back of the 2010 Ford motor home, which was parked at a curb.

Martin Bal died following the 12:51 p.m. Thursday crash. A spokesman for Salina Regional said Friday morning Joan Bal and John Boteler had been admitted and both were in good condition.

Technical trooper Benjamin Gardner said the impact from the crash caused the motor home to catch fire. He said people at the rest stop were able to remove the semi driver and the sleeping couple, who were in the very back of their motor home.

Read more: Abilene Reflector-Chronicle

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — Each fall, Winnebagos, Airstreams and other recreational vehicles fill up the gravel lots across the highway from the distribution center in Campbellsville Kentucky.

The RVs are owned by “workampers,” many of them retirees, drawn to Amazon’s Campbellsville operation by the opportunity to work long hours filling customer orders through the peak holiday season.

Though a few said they needed the paycheck to meet their expenses, others said they show up as much for the camaraderie and discipline that comes from working in the warehouse.

The program started small here several years ago, and rapidly expanded as Amazon promoted it on websites catering to “workampers.” Work campers also were recruited at Amazon distribution centers in Kansas and Nevada.

The company pay starts at about $10 an hour, plus campground fees.

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