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MSU To Face Kennesaw State in Wednesday Tune Up

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 6:10pm
Before opening Southeastern Conference play this weekend, the Mississippi State softball team (16-3) will face Atlantic Sun member Kennesaw State (10-4) at 3 p.m. on Wednesday at the MSU Softball Field.

Ranger women dominant in Kansas

Twisted Rodeo - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 5:57pm

ALVA, Okla. – It takes just one word to describe the Northwestern Oklahoma State University women’s team performance this past weekend: Dominating.

The Rangers women posted 455 points to run away with the Garden City (Kan.) Community College rodeo title. Lauren Barnes of Buckeye, Ariz., won the all-around championship with 195 points, parlaying a second-place finish in goat-tying and a fourth-place run in barrel racing to take the crown.

Laremie Allred

Laremie Allred

But she was just one of six Northwestern women who were part of the championship round Sunday afternoon. She was joined on the leaderboard by goat-tier Laremi Allred of Kanarraville, Utah, who won the short-round and the two-run average title by two-tenths of a second over Barnes.

“We’re pretty strong and pretty deep, so that’s beneficial for everyone involved,” said Allred, who transferred to Northwestern for the spring semester, making Garden City just her second Central Plains Region rodeo for the Rangers. “I like the school and the rodeo program we have here. We have some pretty good coaches and the opportunity to practice whenever we want.”

The proof was in the performance in the western Kansas community that was in the middle of a winter storm the week of the rodeo. Besides Allred and Barnes atop the goat-tying standings, Shayna Miller of Faith, S.D., finished third. Karley Kile, of Topeka, Kan., also was in the final round.

Barnes, who won the first round in barrel racing with a 13.79-second run, earned more points for the team by placing in the average. She was joined in the short round by Paige Winnett of Elmore City, Okla., who placed in both rounds and finished fifth in the two-run aggregate. Cassy Woodward of Dupree, S.D., placed in the final round.

“My goal this year is to be in the top three in goat tying and make the college finals,” Allred said. “If I can sneak in there in the breakaway (roping), that would be nice, too.”

Northwestern is well represented in the region standings, which the Rangers lead as a team. Miller is atop the goat-tying standings, followed by Barnes in third, Kile in sixth, Allred in eighth and Elli Jo Price in 12th.

For Allred, Garden City came together quite nicely, especially considering she was utilizing her brother’s steer wrestling horse to win the goat tying title. Her primary horse was injured in an vehicle wreck in which the truck and trailer rolled twice while en route from Utah to Alva to begin the semester.

“She’s still not healed yet,” Allred said, noting that the runs in Garden City were the first for the borrowed mount. “She worked pretty good, and I’ll probably keep hauling her.”

The Northwestern men had six cowboys compete in the championship round, led by tie-down roper Wade Perry of Lamont, Okla., who won the first round and finished second in the aggregate. Chase Lako of Hunter, N.D., placed sixth. Steer wrestler Laine Herl of Goodland, Kan., finished second in the first round and fell to third in the average, while Stephen Culling of Fort St. John, British Columbia, was third in the opening round and six in the average.

In team roping, header Dalton Richards of Hawkinsville, Ga., finished third in the average, roping with heeler Ben Whiddon of Southeastern Oklahoma State University, while Northwestern heeler Dustin Searcy of Mooreland, Okla., was the runner-up in the opening round while competing with Hunter Munsell of Western Oklahoma State College.

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Schaefer Earns SEC, National Honors; Three Dawgs Claim SEC Awards

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 2:04pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Following a historic regular season, the Mississippi State women's basketball team piled up the SEC honors from league coaches Tuesday.

8 Tips to Selecting Colors for Your Home's Exterior

Lifestyles - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 12:31pm
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(NewsUSA) - You've no doubt driven down a street, seen a house, and thought, "Yikes! What were they thinking?"

Colors can evoke a visceral response, especially on home exteriors. At once both personal and public, colors make a first impression, can accentuate attributes and soften flaws and offer a glimpse into your personality.

"Homeowners can be influenced by many sources -- friends and neighbors, magazines, TV shows or the guy at the hardware store -- so you'll need to be careful you're not just chasing the latest trend; otherwise, your house might be the one that people end up rolling their eyes at," says PBS home improvement expert Vicki Payne.

Payne says you'll be happy for years to come by following eight tips on selecting colors for your home's exterior:

1. Deciding between bright and cheerful colors or deep, rich earth tones will influence all other decisions.

2. Pick colors that will blend in with your surroundings.

3. Make sure your choices in siding and trim don't clash with materials you are not going to replace, such as roof shingles, brick, stone and tile.

4. The size and lot location of your house matter. Light colors can make a house look bigger, and dark colors can make it look smaller.

5. Landscaping will continue to grow and change colors as the seasons change, so trees, shrubs and flowering gardens need to be considered.

6. Use neutral colors to de-emphasize things such as an air conditioning unit or gutters and downspouts, and use contrasting or accent colors to highlight things such as architectural detailing, porch railings, windows and front doors.

7. Computer visualizers can give a general idea of what colors will look like, but large swatches (about 2 by 3 feet) give a truer look at what colors might actually look like on your home. (Take a look at the swatches at different times of day. The colors will look different as the intensity of the sunlight changes.)

8. Make it last. Who wants to invest thousands of dollars every few years to re-paint? An alternative is pre-painted planks, but their finishes degrade just like paint. Better are cladding products that are certified and warranted to retain their color over their lifespan. Vinyl and other polymeric siding manufactures incorporate color at the front end of production -- actually blending the pigment into the formulation. The color can't chip, pit or peel, giving homeowners peace of mind that they won't have to paint or repair the finish. And just like the leading paint manufactures, vinyl siding, soffit, trim and accessories come in an enormous number of colors -- from classic lighter colors to deep barn reds, hunter and sage greens, deep blues and more.

"Keeping your home's exterior looking fresh and timely doesn't have to be challenging," Payne says.

For more information about certified vinyl siding, visit www.vinylsiding.org.

Building a Better Bridge From Hospital to Home Health Care

Lifestyles - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 12:26pm
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(NewsUSA) - There are many things that American health care professionals do well, but transitioning patients from hospital to home still isn't one of them.

From anxiety about at-home care to confusion with instructions and medications, to lack of appropriate equipment, coupled with little to no communication between doctors and patients, it's no wonder that hospital readmission rates remain at an all time high, according to a 2012 report from the Alliance of Community Health Plans.

A Pittsburgh-based health care services company, however, believes this doesn't have to be the case. Instead, a new program by AdvaCare is helping patients and doctors come together.

"By becoming an advocate for both patients and physician's, AdvaCare has found a way to bridge treatment for patients from hospital to home and help reduce overall health care costs," said AdvaCare Home Services President Tammy Zelenko.

Zelenko noted that the Patient Partner Program, which recently launched, decreases health care costs for patients by reducing the number of hospital readmissions, emergency room visits, and additional health complications that can occur during the hospital-to-home transition.

No small undertaking, but a necessary one since, according to the report, the U.S. loses $26 billion annually in Medicare readmissions, which means that AdvaCare's program could be just what the doctor ordered.

And if insurance won't cover the cost of a home health care provider, be prepared for some sticker shock. According to disabled-world.com, depending on what city you live in, the average out-of-pocket expense of hiring a home health care aide is $29 an hour or $18,000 a year for someone to come in three times a week for 12 months. In Los Angeles, the price tag goes up to $50 per hour.

For its part, AdvaCare helps patients with the transition from hospital to home by monitoring its patients and providing detailed, individualized patient care plans and in-home assessments.

"The program offers physicians and doctors an additional route that helps save lives and money," Zelenko said. "The focus is not only to help patients adjust to their diagnoses, but to make lifestyle changes, and educate them on their chronic diseases. Through this level of dedication, AdvaCare is helping hospitals avoid costly readmission penalties, allowing more involved patients to better manage their healthcare," she said.

For more information, visit www.advacarehsppp.com.

Bulldogs Travel To Vanderbilt Looking For Sweep

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 12:00pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – With the 2014-15 campaign nearing an end, Mississippi State plays its final road game Wednesday at Vanderbilt before playing host to Missouri Saturday in the regular-season finale at Humphrey Coliseum.

Deposits Being Accepted Now For New Dudy Noble Field

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 11:47am
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Seat and premium area deposits can now be made toward the new Dudy Noble Field as Mississippi State Athletics unveiled pricing information for fans on Tuesday. The new $40 million project aims to remake the Bulldogs' home ballpark into the finest in college baseball.

MSU In Ninth Heading Into Final Round At The Louisiana Classics

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 10:13pm
LAFAYETTE, La. – On a wet and soggy course, the Mississippi State men's golf team, paced by Tim Walker and Johnny Newnham, are in ninth place heading into Tuesday's final round at the Louisiana Classics.

Women’s Track & Field Jumps To No. 12 In The Rankings

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 7:00pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – After earning the highest finish in school history at the SEC Indoor Championships, the Mississippi State women's track and field team moved up six spots to No. 12 in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Rankings.

MSU Announces 2015 Super Bulldog Weekend, April 17-19

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 5:44pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – The 30th annual Super Bulldog Weekend, a Mississippi State spring homecoming tradition featuring three days of athletic events and a pig cooking contest, will take place April 17-19 on the MSU campus. The event is once again being presented by Regions Bank.

Bulldogs Remain At No. 11 In Associated Press Poll

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 5:17pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – After wrapping up a record-setting regular season with a win against rival Ole Miss, Mississippi State remained No. 11 in this week's Associated Press Top 25 Poll.

Tuesday’s Game Time Moved Up, Bulldogs Rise In Polls

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 4:22pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Ranked No. 7 in the country with a perfect 13-0 record, Mississippi State baseball's 6:30 p.m. first pitch Tuesday against Arkansas Pine-Bluff (3-6) has been moved up to 4 p.m.

This Year, Make a Goal to Contribute More to Your 401(k)

Lifestyles - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 3:42pm
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(NewsUSA) - Are you participating in an employer-sponsored retirement plan? If your company has one, consider yourself fortunate. But if you've been ignoring whatever your company is offering, it's time to get the facts.

A good retirement plan will allow you to defer taxes on whatever you contribute to your 401(k) account until you begin to withdraw money, presumably in your retirement. The amount of money you contribute is deducted from your salary when Uncle Sam is tallying up your taxable income for the year. Granted, you won't see the money you contribute until you retire, but committing to a plan like this is one way of both saving on taxes and forcing yourself to save for the future.

If your company offers any kind of a "match," meaning it will throw in some money to match your contribution at a certain proportion, you are definitely leaving money on the table by not participating. For example, a company may match 50 cents on one dollar up to 4 percent of pay -- yours could be better or worse.

One primary reason a retirement account is such a good idea is compounding interest. Add earned interest to the money you are contributing, plus an employer match, deduct the amount contributed from your taxable income, and you're well ahead of the game.

Most 401(k) plans allow you to choose how to invest your money. The plan administrator provides a choice of investments, which may include cash equivalents, bonds, stocks or a mix. When choosing your investments, you can decide exactly how aggressive or conservative you wish to be.

IRS increased the contribution limit for employees who participate in 401(k) plans from $17,500 in 2014 to $18,000 for tax year 2015. The catch-up contribution limit for employees aged 50 and over who participate in 401(k) plans increased from $5,500 to $6,000, which is motivating to many baby boomers who are behind in saving for retirement.

Sitting down with a tax professional to determine what you can do to minimize your tax burden this year and take advantage of every tax deduction and credit available to you just makes good sense. A licensed tax professional can help. Enrolled agents ("EAs") are licensed by the U.S. Department of Treasury after passing a stringent three-part exam on taxation. They must complete IRS-approved continuing education to keep the license. You can locate an EA in your area using the "Find an EA" directory at www.naea.org.

Tatum Named SEC Co-Pitcher of the Week

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 2:38pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State baseball sophomore left hander Vance Tatum was named Southeastern Conference Co-Pitcher of the Week, the league announced Monday.

Top cowboys heading to Bay City

Twisted Rodeo - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 1:44pm

BAY CITY, Texas – Many of the greatest cowboys and cowgirls in rodeo make their way to Bay City every March.

It’s all because of the Matagorda County Fair & Rodeo, set for 7 p.m. Thursday, March 5-Saturday, March 7, at the Matagorda County Fairgrounds. They know the opportunity is there each of the three nights to cash in and make the run of their dreams toward the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

Clint Cannon

Clint Cannon

Bay City also is the weekend home of many of the greatest animal athletes the game, thanks to the livestock from Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo. This past December, 27 Carr horses and bulls were a big part of the NFR, a ProRodeo record the Carr firm has held each of the past two years.

“Pete Carr has the bucking horses and bulls that are unreal,” said bareback rider Clint Cannon, a four-time NFR qualifier from nearby Waller, Texas. “When I think about Pete Carr, I think about 90-point rides, rock ’n’ roll music and fans loving it.”

A year ago, there were several NFR animals that were part of the action at the Matagorda County Fair and Rodeo, including five of the six animals that guided cowboys to the pay window in bareback riding. Two, Sadies Gal and Utopia, made their first trips to Las Vegas this past December, kick-starting their outstanding campaigns in this southeast Texas community.

Sage Kimzey

Sage Kimzey

“Pete Carr puts on a great rodeo,” said Sage Kimzey, the 2014 world champion bull rider from Strong City, Okla. “I’m thankful he loves the sport of rodeo so much and wants it to be so great.”

Kimzey isn’t the only world champion who follows the Carr herd around the country. Take two-time world champion Cody Wright of Milford, Utah, the reigning Bay City champion in saddle bronc riding. He matched moves with Deuces Wild to win the title last March.

Wright utilized that momentum to qualify for the NFR for the 12th straight year, but there were several finals qualifiers who are regular qualifiers to the finale.

“Pete’s got an eye for horses, and he’s surrounded himself with people who know what they’re talking about,” said saddle bronc rider Heith DeMoss, a six-time NFR from Heflin, La. “You want to go to Pete’s rodeos, because you’re going to get on something good.”

The Carr animals are a huge drawing card for contestants. That also is why fans want to be part of the Matagorda County Fair & Rodeo experience.

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Victoria Vivians Named CSpire Gillom Trophy Finalist

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 1:25pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State freshman Victoria Vivians has been named a finalist for the CSpire Gillom Trophy, which is presented to the state's top women's college basketball player.

No. 13 Diamond Dawgs First Team In Country To Win 13 Games

Bulldog Beat - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 9:48pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State sophomore left-hander Vance Tatum capped a weekend of brilliant pitching for the 13th-ranked Bulldogs.

World’s best are excited for TEC

Twisted Rodeo - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 6:31pm

RODEO’S ELITE READY TO CHASE THE $100,000 PRIZE FOR THE WINNER

GUTHRIE, Okla. – The incentives at the Timed Event Championship of the World are great for the world’s greatest cowboys.

From the challenges set forth through the rugged competition to the opportunity to play their game in one of the most storied arenas in rodeo, the annual championship is a destination for the elite timed-event contestants.

Daniel Green

Daniel Green

Add into the mix a first-time purse of $200,000 – with $100,000 going to this year’s average winner – and it’s easy to see why 20 men who make up 39 combined gold buckles will be part of the 2015 Timed Event Championship of the World, set for noon and 7:30 p.m. Friday, noon and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.

“Any time a cowboy can win more money, it’s good,” said Daniel Green, a three-time champion from Oakdale, Calif. “The Timed Event is not an easy deal to win; it’s really difficult. It takes so much that has to go right.

“My hat’s off to the owners for boosting financial support for the event. Being as tough as it is and a World Championship event, it should pay in that range.”

The players compete in five go-rounds and must make runs in heading, tie-down roping, heeling, steer wrestling and steer roping in each. It is dubbed the “Ironman of ProRodeo” because of its rugged nature. Spread over just three days, it’s a test of talent, durability and endurance.

Paul David Tierney

Paul David Tierney

The field includes some of the brightest young stars in rodeo, including reigning champion Paul David Tierney of Oral, S.D., and the 2014 reserve champ, Clay Smith of Broken Bow, Okla.

They’ll test their talent against an amazing list of top cowboys, including Green; 27-time world champion Trevor Brazile of Decatur, Texas, who owns 21 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association titles and a record six Timed Event crowns; five-time winner K.C. Jones of Burlington, Wyo.; two-time titlist Kyle Lockett of Visalia, Calif.; and 2010 champ Josh Peek of Pueblo, Colo.

This is the one event in ProRodeo where the greatest ropers will wrestle steers and where elite bulldoggers and a Linderman Award winner will test their other skills in an action-packed weekend of world-class talent.

Official Invited Timed Event Championship of the World Contestants
Current Listing and Subject to Change

  1. Paul David Tierney, Oral, South Dakota
  2. Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Oklahoma
  3. Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Oregon
  4. K.C. Jones, Burlington, Wyoming
  5. Daniel Green, Oakdale, California
  6. Clayton Hass, Terrell, Texas
  7. Dustin Bird, Cut Bank, Montana
  8. Landon McClaugherty, Tilden, Texas
  9. Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nevada
  10. Cody Doescher, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  11. Trell Etbauer, Gruver, Texas
  12. Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Arizona
  13. Jess Tierney, Hermosa, South Dakota
  14. Shank Edwards, Levelland, Texas
  15. Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colorado
  16. Kyle Lockett, Visalia, California
  17. Jo Jo LeMond, Andrews, Texas
  18. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas
  19. Trevor Knowles, Mt. Vernon, Oregon
  20. Cade Swor, Winnie, Texas
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State Women’s Tennis Falls to No. 25 Kentucky, 5-2

Bulldog Beat - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 6:19pm
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Following Friday's close effort against Vanderbilt, the 63rd-ranked Mississippi State women's tennis team came up short once again on Sunday, falling 5-2 at the hands of No. 25 Kentucky on the road.

MSU Men’s Golf Heads To Lafayette For The Louisiana Classics

Bulldog Beat - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 6:17pm
LAFAYETTE, La. – Coming off its fifth top-10 finish of the season, the Mississippi State men's golf team returns to the Louisiana Classics for the first time since the 1996-97 season.
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