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These startup ideas are money magnets

Business News - 7 hours 57 min ago
Plan on launching a small business? Unless it's self-funded, you're going to need to raise money.

Official trailer for 'Batkid Begins'

CNN Entertainment - 8 hours 16 min ago
Filmmaker Dana Nachman is trying to bring the story of "Batkid" Miles Scott to the big screen.
Categories: Entertainment News

Latest Silicon Valley darling promises a good night's sleep

Business News - 8 hours 20 min ago
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Tate Branch key to fair’s success

Twisted Rodeo - 8 hours 21 min ago

LOVINGTON, N.M. – When Tate Branch opened his vehicle dealership in Hobbs, N.M., a few years ago, he realized there were several gifts that came with it.

“I feel like I’m very, very blessed,” said Branch, owner of Tate Branch Dodge in Hobbs, Tate Branch Autoplex in Carlsbad and Tate Branch Auto Group in Artesia. “I feel like I’m in a position that God has blessed me, and this is one way I could give back.”

Lea County Fair LogoThe “this” to which Branch referred is the Lea County Fair and Rodeo, a 10-night exposition that takes place Aug. 1-9 at the Lea County Fairgrounds in Lovington. Tate Branch Dodge of Hobbs is the title sponsor for the annual fair and rodeo.

“There is a passion in Lea County for this,” he said. “The fair and rodeo is huge, and I had no idea until six years ago when we opened the dealership in Hobbs. We got involved, and I’ve gotten passionate about rodeo over the last several years.”

That passion is evident in many things Branch and the dealership do. Tate Branch Dodge endorses ProRodeo ropers Clint Cooper, Clif Cooper, Tuf Cooper, Jake Cooper and Jim Ross Cooper – all of whom have ties to Lea County – as well as saddle bronc rider Taos Muncy of Corona, N.M.

But close to home, Branch’s commitment is focused strongly on the fair and rodeo.

“Tate Branch, the owner as well as the dealership, recognizes how valuable the fair and rodeo is to all the people in Lea County and to the surrounding area,” said Lindsay Chism, the marketing director for Tate Branch Dodge. “The fair and rodeo is great entertainment, and it’s great for the families to be excited.

“We want to be able to provide that opportunity year after year. One thing that we could do to benefit the masses the most is helping to bring the fair and rodeo to Lea County.”

Chism has seen the benefit most of her life. She grew up in Lea County and graduated from Hobbs High School. She’s participated in the fair and rodeo as a youngster and continues to enjoy the festivities with her family.

“For me, I think the parade on Wednesday is one of those things you really enjoy because you get to see the energy of all ages,” she said. “You can feel everybody’s excitement as they line all those miles up and down Lovington. I love how many people come out for that and how very uniting it is.

“I think it kicks off the big final four days and gets everybody really excited.”

Branch purchased the Hobbs dealership in 2008. In the years since, he has witnessed that excitement up close and personal.

“We have always believed with the three dealerships that there is an importance to being involved in the community and giving back to the community,” said Branch, who grew up in Carlsbad, N.M. “We are very family oriented and community oriented.”

That attitude is paying off for many southeastern New Mexico residents, especially those who make their way to Lovington every August for the expo.

“I’ve done quite a bit of research on this, and this is the largest county fair in the state of New Mexico,” Branch said. “Every year it seems like it grows. It’s all about the people and the passion they have for it. They plan around that week all year. That’s important to us.”

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

U.S.: Russia violated treaty

CNN World - 8 hours 56 min ago
The U.S. is accusing Russia of violating a 1987 missile treaty. CNN's Elise Labott has more.
Categories: International News

Fist bumps beat handshakes

Health - 9 hours 4 min ago
CNN's Adam Dunnakey looks at a new study that says high fives and fist bumps beat handshakes for hygiene.
Categories: Health

Meet the woman who built a spin empire

Health - 9 hours 6 min ago
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Categories: Health

Sewol ferry survivors testify

CNN World - 9 hours 18 min ago
Lines of police surrounded a courthouse as student survivors of the Sewol ferry disaster gave evidence in their hometown of Ansan, South Korea, on Monday.
Categories: International News

China's tainted meat scandal explained

CNN World - 9 hours 19 min ago
McDonald's restaurants in many Chinese cities have been eerily quiet this past week.
Categories: International News

2nd Air Algerie 'black box' found

CNN World - 9 hours 19 min ago
France has declared a three-day mourning period to commemorate the victims of the Air Algerie Flight 5017 crash, French President Francois Hollande declared on Saturday.
Categories: International News

Another relative of Afghan President Karzai killed

CNN World - 9 hours 20 min ago
A cousin of Afghan President Hamid Karzai died in a bombing Tuesday, a provincial spokesman said, marking the latest killing of a Karzai relative.
Categories: International News

MH17 investigators delayed again

CNN World - 9 hours 24 min ago
The Dutch PM has called on the president of Ukraine to "please stop the fighting." CNN's Ivan Watson reports.
Categories: International News

China announces probe into former domestic security czar

CNN World - 9 hours 37 min ago
After months of intense political rumors, China's ruling Communist Party announced Tuesday an official probe into a retired senior leader for suspected "serious disciplinary violation."
Categories: International News

What's wrong with 'Black Jesus'?

CNN - 10 hours 7 min ago
A Christian group's anger over the trailer for an upcoming TV show seems out of place, says Jay Parini
Categories: National News

10 yoga poses to beat stress

Health - 10 hours 17 min ago
Don't let stress get the best of you! Start your day off right with this yoga sequence for beginners. These 10 yoga poses will have you feeling refreshed in no time.
Categories: Health

Fear among Ebola aid workers

Health - 10 hours 21 min ago
Dr. Sanjay Gupta looks at fear spreading amongst locals that aid workers helping those with Ebola are spreading the disease.
Categories: Health

First impressions made in 100 ms

Health - 10 hours 22 min ago
Making a good first impression might have more to do with your facial features than choosing the right outfit, a new study reveals.
Categories: Health

Stocks: 5 things to know before the open

Business News - 10 hours 29 min ago
Quarterly earnings continue to come in thick and fast on Wall Street, but investors held back from making any serious moves ahead of the Federal Reserve policy meeting that begins Tuesday.

Microsoft faces China antitrust probe

Business News - 10 hours 41 min ago
Microsoft finds itself in the cross hairs of the Chinese government -- again.

1 in 3 U.S. adults have 'debt in collections'

Business News - 11 hours 3 min ago
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