A face from the ‘new frontier’

Published: Friday, November 30, 2012 at 09:38 AM.

From the phone company to People magazine, the last few years have been quite a trip for Beverly Beard Maddox.

More importantly to the Port St. Joe native and resident – she is a cancer survivor.

Maddox is among those featured in the most recent People magazine, on shelves now, who have traveled to the wilds of North Dakota and its thriving gas and oil fields in search of work.

If there is spot on the Continental United States in which unemployment rates are all but meaningless it is North Dakota, where massive underground reservoirs of oil and natural gas have led to boom times.

“It really is incredible,” Maddox said. “They are fracking like crazy,” referring to a method of extracting oil and gas from shale rock.

Maddox made the trip during the summer for itinerant pipeline work, which she has been doing pretty much since she left GTCom eight or nine years ago after 16 years as an accountant.

She briefly worked in realty for Libia Taylor and also at Bluewater Outriggers and after leaving for a stint as an inventory control specialist for a company in Panama City, Maddox figured there had to be a better way to make a living.

1 2 3 4 5

Reader comments posted to this article may be published in our print edition. All rights reserved. This copyrighted material may not be re-published without permission. Links are encouraged.

▲ Return to Top