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Chris Jones Named Preseason All-America by Sporting News

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 5:39pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State junior defensive lineman Chris Jones has been recognized as a Sporting News preseason first-team All-America selection, the publication announced this week.

16 Athletes Receive USTFCCCA All-American Honors

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 2:56pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – After both Mississippi State track and field teams finished in the Top 20 at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, 16 athletes received USTFCCCA All-American honors, the association announced Monday.

Big Spring rodeo has strong history

Twisted Rodeo - Mon, 06/15/2015 - 3:33pm

BIG SPRING, Texas – A small group of fewer than 30 people work year-round for one simple goal: to produce the best Big Spring Cowboy Reunion and Rodeo possible.

“I cannot brag enough on the volunteers that help put on our rodeo,” said Dane Driver, a longtime member of the volunteer committee that organizes the annual rodeo, now in its 82nd year. “If it wasn’t for the strength of the individuals on the committee, it wouldn’t happen. Their heart is putting that rodeo on.

“The small-business owners who are on the committee always reroute their time and energy, and they have people in their offices who focus on the rodeo. They have to make major adjustments to their businesses to handle what they handle.”

BigSpring-logoThe last 365 days comes to fruition this week for the annual showcase, set for 8 p.m. Thursday, June 18-Saturday, June 20, at the Big Spring Rodeo Bowl.

Driver knows about the work. He’s the third generation of his family to be involved in aspects of the celebration. By the time the competition begins later this week, the committee will hand over the bulk of the production to the staff from Pete Carr Pro Rodeo, a Dallas-based stock contracting company that has been part of the Big Spring rodeo for more than a decade.

“We are Pete’s first rodeo, and we’re proud of that,” Driver said. “I remember when he met with my dad and said what he’s about. It’s been that and more. It’s been a hell of a building process watching his company grow. The good thing for us is that he’s grown our production. The production he’s done for us has done nothing but get better.

“What he does for our production is noticed. A lot of people can put on a rodeo, but very few can put a production on at the level Pete does. He constantly strives to have the best people in the industry with him.”

The Carr firm produces about 30 rodeos a year. Each of the past two seasons, 27 Carr animals were selected to perform at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, the sport’s grand finale that takes place in Las Vegas each December.

“What I really like about Pete is that he has treated us like we’re one of the big winter rodeos,” Driver said. “He doesn’t treat us small even though we’re a small rodeo. He gets a lot of respect for that. It makes the local guys feel like they’re doing all this for a reason.

“When our committee hands him the reins, they’re confident they’re going to get the best bang for the buck. Pete’s going to carry on and showcase what they’ve been working their tails off all year long.”

In addition to having a strong production presence and great bucking animals, the Big Spring rodeo also will feature entertainer Troy Lerwill, one of the most decorated funnymen in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

“I’m excited about Troy being back,” Driver said. “He brings a great element to our show. We’re able to bring something in that’s different, and we’ve had a lot of people come to our rodeo from out of state. They may not be the typical rodeo fans, but we strive to give them something different so they’re talking about it the next day. Troy gives us that opportunity.”

Most importantly, though, the Big Spring Cowboy Reunion and Rodeo is about carrying on a tradition that has been running continuously for more than eight decades.

“We feel like we put on an awesome show and have been able to do it 82 years running,” Driver said. “We have a strong history, and we have a good amount of second-, third- and fourth-generation families that are still involved in this rodeo. The history and the legacy of what we’re able to do is what makes me the proudest.”

Economical entertainment and a great legacy is just what the West Texas community is all about.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Price Makes Late Push To Capture NCAA Outdoor 1500m Title

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 06/13/2015 - 9:57pm
EUGENE, Ore. – Heart, passion and leaving it all out on the track are qualities one will find in a champion. On Saturday, Mississippi State's Rhianwedd Price was that very definition.

MSU Turns In Historic Top 10 Finish

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 06/13/2015 - 12:00am
EUGENE, Ore. – Not since 1923 had the Mississippi State men finished in the Top 10 of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, but that all changed Friday when the Bulldogs finished eighth overall after the 4x400m relay foursome placed third overall in dramatic fashion to conclude action at historic Hayward Field.

Overstock Opens Up Capital Market With Entrex's TIGRcubs

Lifestyles - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 3:53pm

(NewsUSA) - If will do a TIGRcub, why wouldn't you?

If you're not familiar with a TIGRcub or Top Line Income Generation Rights Certificate, simply put, it's a way for private companies to raise capital by offering investors debt enhanced by a slice of revenue. This allows investors to invest in these companies benefiting from monthly cash flows without the headaches of traditional stock market fluctuations.

Overstock is now offering a $25 million revenue-based TIGRcub security via Entrex: a Capital Market System for Entrepreneurial Companies (

The Overstock,com TIGRcub is being offered to provide a minimum yield of 6.5 percent plus a small slice of revenue, which could provide a maximum yield of 7 percent via the revenue participation or "Top Line." The offering is a private offering being made exclusively to qualified institutional buyers and a limited number of accredited investors.

According to Stephen H. Watkins, CEO of Entrex, "Revenue is the tangible performance line of the company or the 'Top Line,' which is so different from investing in the volatility of the equity markets, which is often more investor sentiment and speculation than corporate performance."

"TIGRcub Securities provide a monthly cash-flowing risk-adjusted return for investors, eliminating a lot of the downfalls of equity or stock-based investing," says Watkins.

The Overstock TIGRcub will be issued as 25 one million-dollar tokens and will trade using Overstock's "" BlockChain and across a regulated Alternative Trading System. Financial performance of the TIGRcub will be reported to Bloomberg along with other financial industry data consolidators so investors will have active knowledge of trading and performance of the security.

Overstock made a name for itself in 1999 under Dr. Patrick M. Byrne, the company's current CEO, who recognized the potential of selling excess consumer goods through the Internet to bargain-hunting consumers. Now, Overstock offers more than one million products, from clothing to home goods to furniture to cars, but is now serving industries as diverse as insurance, travel and Cryptocurrencies. Today Dr. Byrne sees and Entrex's TIGRcub helping to revolutionize the Capital Market the same way the Internet revolutionized the world.

For its part, Entrex currently has a $500 million diversified pool of TIGRcub offerings going to market, which means that there are plenty of companies to invest in.

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Save Water by Stopping Leaks Early

Lifestyles - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 3:50pm
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(NewsUSA) - Water is a limited and essential resource, but too many people are unaware of how much is wasted. Believe it or not, the average American family uses more than 300 gallons of water each day, and 70 percent of that water is used inside the home. Unfortunately, much of that water is wasted without a homeowner's knowledge.

Water leaks are among the main sources of wasted water in the home, accounting for as much as 13.7 percent of a household's water use. That's more than the top household water uses, which include taking a shower, running the dishwasher or doing laundry.

However, some simple tips can help homeowners conserve water, prevent damage caused by leaks and save money on repairs caused by water damage.

Launder Less

Do fewer larger loads of laundry instead of more smaller loads. A larger load uses less water per pound of clothes.

Delay Dishes

Wait until the dishwasher is full before running it; a half full load wastes both water and electricity.

Improve Appliances

Data suggest that high-efficiency water-saving devices, such as low-flow showerheads and toilets, could save U.S. households 5.4 billion gallons of water and $11.3 million each day, and the low-flow devices that are currently available don't sacrifice water pressure for efficiency. But if more efficient bathroom fixtures aren't an option, simply taking shorter showers can save two to five gallons of water per minute.

Get a Grip on Leaks

New leak detection products can help homeowners identify leaks early, so they can be managed before water damage sets in. The FloLogic System, for example, serves as a circuit breaker for the plumbing system in the home, sending an alarm and shutting off the water supply when a leak is detected. This early detection feature is key to preventing water damage associated with an unidentified and unrepaired leak. As an added bonus, some insurance companies will provide discounts to homeowners who install systems such as FloLogic.

For more details about how the FloLogic System can help you save water, and money, by managing leaks, please visit

Bougard Places Fourth In Heptathlon

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 11:12pm
EUGENE, Ore. – Multi athlete Erica Bougard ended the heptathlon with a fourth-place finish earning the first points for the Mississippi State women's team Thursday at the NCAA Track and Field Outdoor Championships.

Lord praises Guymon victory

Twisted Rodeo - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 8:33pm

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story appears in the May edition of Women’s Pro Rodeo News, the official publication of the WPRA. It is reproduced with the consent of the WPRA.

The tiny berg of Texhoma rests directly on the Texas-Oklahoma state line in the northern most section of the Panhandle, less than two hours straight north of Amarillo.

Most of the 1,300 people live on the north side of the border in, oddly enough, Texas County, Okla. Just up the road 20 miles is Guymon, the largest city in the region and home of Pioneer Days Rodeo.

It always will be home for Shali Lord. On May 1-3, the Lamar, Colo., cowgirl returned to her ol’ stompin’ grounds to win her hometown rodeo for the second time in her career – she earned her first Pioneer Days Rodeo title a decade before in that magical season that produced her only qualification to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

Guymon Pioneer Days Logo“It’s always fun going to Guymon because of friends and family,” Lord said. “It’s just a really cool experience; it’s been 10 years since I won it on Slider.”

Slider is an athletic bay that now lives just outside Lord’s back door in an eastern Colorado pasture. Now she leans on Freckles Ta Fame, a 6-year-old chestnut stallion owned by Joe and Carla Spitz of Lamar. Can Man is out of Frenchmans Freckles and Dash Ta Fame, holding a strong racing lineage on both sides of his pedigree.

He and Lord placed fourth in both rounds in Guymon and won the average title with a two-run cumulative time of 34.04 seconds, just three-hundredths of a second faster than runner-up Calyssa Thomas.

“I think the ground has been the best it’s been in years,” Lord said. “They had some moisture on it, and they try to keep it good and consistent. It was really good and really even throughout slack. My horse really liked it. It was hot on Sunday (the final day), but it was good underneath.”

That worked well for Lord, who earned $4,735 for the victory. It was especially nice considering the fact that the Pioneer Days Rodeo committee will be one of three inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in August, joining committees in Sidney, Iowa, and Red Bluff, Calif.

“It’s very exciting,” she said. “That’s a great committee and a great community of rodeo athletes. It’s really a special recognition for that rodeo and the whole community. The whole county takes a lot of pride in that event.

“That committee has worked at it for years, and it’s one of the top rodeos in the country. They try hard, and it’s a well-deserved acknowledgement.”

Guymon also kick-started an idea of what Lord and the Spitzes can expect out of Can Man. With a couple of solid back-ups in place, Lord plans to spend the next couple of months making a run to see if she can return to the Wrangler NFR after a 10-year hiatus.

“Hopefully things will fall into place,” she said. “A lot of things can change in the summer, and there’s a lot of money to be won.”

She plans to let Can Man do a lot of the heavy-lifting. He proved himself quite worthy inside Henry C. Hitch Arena, the longtime home of the 83-year-old rodeo. His performance inside the large pen should provide valuable as the summer run of rodeos begins in just a few weeks.

“He loves his job, and he just keeps getting stronger and stronger,” Lord said. “He won a lot of money at the futurities. I’ve had him about a year. He won money at the first rodeo I took him to last summer.

“Nothing seems to bother him at the rodeo as far as music or banners or anything. He’s so much fun to ride and such a pleasure to be around.”

It helps that Can Man’s pedigree allows for a solid combination of being fast with a strong ability to turn well. It’s something everyone hopes is passed down to his descendants.

“He’s a little different than most studs, because he hauls well,” Lord said. “I do pay attention to what’s around him. I make sure I don’t put anything around him.

“He’s really laid back at home when I exercise him. The minute I go somewhere, you get to the rodeo or the jackpot and he knows where he is and what he’s there for. He gets hyped up and excited. He’s well aware of what his job is when we get somewhere.”

A personality like that should come in handy on the rodeo trail. She also would like to see how the beautiful red speedster likes the Thomas & Mack Center.

She knows the path to Las Vegas in December is long and winding, but Shali Lord is ready to find her way. She has just the right amount of horsepower to make it happen.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo


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