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Bulldogs Among Nation’s Best In Final NCAA Attendance Rankings

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 07/06/2015 - 5:04pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Another season attendance record has placed Mississippi State women's basketball among the nation's best in the final attendance rankings released by the NCAA Monday.

Prevent Water Damage And Cut Insurance Costs

Lifestyles - Mon, 07/06/2015 - 8:32am
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(NewsUSA) - Water damage is the second most common reason for homeowners to file claims with their insurance companies; only home fires are associated with more damage and more claims. Water damage can stem from a variety of sources, including leaking water heaters, ruptured washing machine hoses, leaky pipes and failed plumbing systems. These leaks can cause flooding that can stain ceilings, warp floors and destroy personal property anywhere in the home.

Another consequence of leaks and water damage: mold. Indoor mold is an additional source of damage that, according to the Insurance Information Institute, costs the average $3,000 to $4,000; while water damage combined with mold yields homeowner insurance claims ranging from $15,000 to $30,000.

Mold can damage walls, stain ceilings, ruin carpeting and damage home ventilation systems.

Mold also has the potential to damage personal items, including personal electronics, clothing with sentimental value (such as a wedding dress) and fine art.

Not only is mold almost impossible to remove, it contributes to poor air quality in the home, which can cause health problems for homeowners with allergies or asthma. Even non-allergic individuals may experience skin and eye irritation or respiratory problems in moldy environments. Although visible mold can be cleaned from walls, and moldy rugs can be replaced, homeowners with mold problems must consider how to reduce or control the moisture content in the home.

An automatic water shut-off system can help stop mold before it starts by identifying leaks before they lead to major water damage. One example of such a system, FloLogic, acts as a circuit breaker for home plumbing. The System shuts off the water when it detects a leak, whether it is a pinhole leak, running faucet or malfunctioning appliance causing a flood. The FloLogic System automatically shuts off the water and alerts the homeowner with an alarm so the leak can be identified and repaired as soon as possible, limiting the water damage.

Homeowners who install and use a system such as FloLogic may be able to avoid the costly insurance claims associated with water damage. Some homeowners' insurance companies recognize the benefits of such systems and may offer discounts to homeowners who install devices to protect against water damage.

Visit www.flologic.com for more details about how the FloLogic System works.

How to Sit Through a Movie in Comfort

Lifestyles - Mon, 07/06/2015 - 8:27am
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(NewsUSA) - Movies have always fascinated Americans. They are a way to escape reality (if only for a couple of hours), a place to stay cool on hot summer days, a typically pure, unadulterated enjoyment.

Cinemas are now capitalizing on this from of entertainment by boasting reserved seating, fancier food than your standard popcorn and soda, and best of all, adult beverages -- all for a high-end price.

The rise of "dine-in" theaters aims to put the traditional dinner-and-a-movie all in the same place, instead of making people rush from one venue to another.

"It's a way for theater owners to capture that revenue and keep it there instead of seeing it go down the mall," Patrick Corcoran, vice president and chief communications officer for the National Association of Theatre Owners, told USA Today in an interview.

However, even with all the bells and whistles that are part and parcel of many movie theaters, there are still things you may want to bring to make your experience that much more pleasurable, as well as do's and don'ts to attending your favorite flick.

Do Bring an Extra Sweater

Movie theaters tend to get cold (which is why they're a great place to go in the summer), so bringing a long-sleeve shirt, or light sweater or jacket, is never a bad idea. You can also forego it if the theater temperature suits you.

Silence Your Phone

Out of respect to those around you, don't forget to turn your phone to vibrate, or better yet, turn it off completely. This way, you won't be tempted to see if anyone has texted you.

Don't Start a Conversation

While people have their thoughts on any given movie or scene, or want to opine with their date about whodunit, keep the chit-chat to a minimum. Even over the superior sound systems used in movie theaters today, voices still carry.

Portable Accessories

If you are a smokeless tobacco user, you might want to consider purchasing a portable spittoon. Look at it this way: taking a bottle or cup to a luxury theater is not a viable option (especially if it's a first date). But portable spittoons, such as those created by FLASR (OTCQB:FLSR), are discreet and, according to Everett Dickson, CEO of FLASR, "allows users to enjoy smokeless tobacco in public unobtrusively, without unwanted attention." To this end, the company's new 4-ounce pocket spittoon lets users open and shut it with just one hand. And FLASR's original tobacco flask has an advanced closing mechanism, ensuring that it stays closed when not in use, eliminating the possibility of spills and leaks.

For more information, visit www.flasr.com. Market listing: FLASR (OTCQB: FLSR).

FMX team to jump into Dodge City

Twisted Rodeo - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 5:28pm
The members of Wisconsin Freestyle MotoCross will be part of the action during this year's Dodge City Roundup Rodeo, set for Wednesday, July 29-Sunday, Aug. 2, at Roundup Arena. (PHOTO COURTESY WIFMX)

The members of Wisconsin Freestyle MotoCross will be part of the action during this year’s Dodge City Roundup Rodeo, set for Wednesday, July 29-Sunday, Aug. 2, at Roundup Arena. (PHOTO COURTESY WIFMX)

DODGE CITY, Kan. – Cody Cavanaugh, Mike Keiper and Josh Mertens have different thoughts on horsepower than most who are involved with the 2015 Dodge City Roundup Rodeo.

They are an integral part of Wisconsin Freestyle Motocross, which will be one of the featured pieces of entertainment during the five performances of the rodeo, set for 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 29-Sunday, Aug. 2. The three athletes will put on a spectacular display of freestyle motocross jumps inside Roundup Arena.

“We’re pretty excited about working that event,” said Cavanaugh, the founder of WIFMX, based in Neenah, Wis. “We always like going to new places. You get to meet the rodeo committee members and usually make good friends that way. It’s also nice for us to see a different culture.”

The WIFMX players all have extensive motocross experience. Now in their third year as a specialty act in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, Cavanaugh and staff travel the rodeo trail putting on shows that expose some amazing feats on the backs of motorcycles.

“One of the things that make our show unique is that quite a few of us can ride motorcycles and jump four-wheelers,” he said. “I like the way we’re diverse in that way.”

It’s just another big piece of the entertainment pie that is Roundup Rodeo, which was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 2012. It already is a key stop on the ProRodeo trail and will feature hundreds of the top contestants in the game. By combining with WIFMX, the volunteer rodeo committee that produces the annual event is just increasing the value for fans.

“We take a lot of pride in having the very best in rodeo,” said Dr. R.C. Trotter, chairman of the committee. “We have world champions in every performance of our rodeo, and we wanted to bring something else to the table for our great fans to enjoy.

“A lot of people come back to our rodeo year after year, and we always want to give them something special to enjoy. I believe having Cody Cavanaugh and his group here will really help make this year’s rodeo even better.”

Though his primary focus is on riding motorcycles, Cavanaugh grew up in a rodeo family. His parents were raised in South Dakota, and his father grew up on a farm and was part of rodeo as a roper and barrelman.

“When my parents moved to Wisconsin, we had horses on the farm right away, and we still have a horse-drawn carriage business we still run,” he said. “We have a hobby farm with petting-zoo animals. That’s how I had room enough to ride motorcycles around Wisconsin.”

He was outfitted with a three-wheeler at age 3, then moved on to his first dirt bike at 7. He started building little jumps with friends, then the jumps kept getting bigger. He loved the idea of FMX because of what he had seen on television and found it to be a great outlet.

Of course, being outside and active was a big part of how he was raised.

“As a kid, I roped quite a bit, and I come from a horse background,” Cavanaugh said. “In fact, our jumps are set up in a horse pasture.”

The WIFMX team now has a customized ramping system it takes to rodeos all across the country, from Pleasant Grove, Utah, to Park Rapids, Minn., to Dodge City. It takes just a few minutes of set-up time, and the excitement in the arena takes off. That’s where Cavanaugh, Keiper and Mertens show off the elaborate tricks they’ve perfected over the years.

“There is a small crashing curve that comes with learning new tricks,” Cavanaugh said. “If you’re going to push yourself, it can sometimes not end well. With a lot of practice, our confidence grew.

“I tell people all the time that we’ve been allowed to do these cool jobs of just riding motorcycles. Find something you like to do and do it all the time.”

It works for the WIFMX team, and for fans that make their way to Roundup Arena.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Summer Ball Q&A: Sophomore Outfielder Brent Rooker

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 2:09pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. - For the month of July, HailState.com will interview select Mississippi State baseball players competing across the country in summer leagues.

County fair celebrates 80 years

Twisted Rodeo - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 12:12pm

LOVINGTON, N.M. – Eight decades ago, Jake McClure was the dominant calf roper in rodeo; the Lea County, N.M., cowboy had revolutionized his event and had earned titles at the most prestigious events in the game.

His hometown event, the Lea County Fair and Rodeo, was established in his heyday. This August, the exposition will celebrate its 80th year. Inside the expansive fairgrounds on the eastern edge of Lovington sits Jake McClure Arena, home to one of the most recognized events in ProRodeo.

Lea County Fair Logo“No matter the amount of time that goes by, it’s the one thing that brings the county together every year,” said Corey Helton, chairman of the Lea County Fair Board. “It’s gotten bigger over the years, especially lately with the concerts and the rodeo. It’s the one event that the residents of Lea County know is going to happen every year.”

This year’s celebration is set for Friday, July 31-Saturday, Aug. 8, and will feature a touch of the historic, a splash of the new generation and a bushel of fun. The best part is the admission is just $8 for adults and $6 for children.

“A lot of people in this part of the country take pride in the county fair,” Helton said. “Every year it gets better and better, and I think people expect it to be what it is.”

From the great concerts – Ricochet, Cody Johnson, Crowder, Dan & Shay, Scotty McCreery and Gregg Allman – to the various livestock shows to Lea County Xtreme Bulls and the rodeo to the food and carnival, there are numerous reasons why this county fair is such a must-see event.

“I think we all know the fair actually started with the kids and showcasing the kids’ hard work throughout the year with the livestock shows,” Helton said. “We can never lose sight of that. It’s still about that. It’s about the sale. That’s the big thing about the fair. Yeah, we’ve had the concerts and the rodeo, but without the kids showing animals, do you really have a fair?

“The goal of every fair should be the kids.”

The Lovington event is more than just a county fair. The Lea County Fair and Rodeo has been recognized as one of the top expositions in the region, and there’s good reason. There is a concert six nights of the nine-day event, and the rodeo will feature the very best in the game, cowboys and cowgirls who will have traveled hundreds of miles to compete in southeastern New Mexico and some of the top animals in the business from Pete Carr Pro Rodeo.

“I think one of the things that’s still part of the 80-year tradition is the rodeo,” Helton said. “We continue to draw the top 10 cowboys in each event.”

It’s something Jake McClure surely would brag about if he were still on the rodeo trail. It’s something many people from Lea County talk about each summer as they anticipate the goings-on in Lovington.

“We’re going to be working with the Western Heritage Museum and recognize some of the older people in the community that have contributed so much over the years,” Helton said. “We all wanted to provide something for the people that have contributed something to the heritage of Lea County.”

It should be quite the celebration.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

MSU Takes Over SEC Network Monday, July 6; View Schedule

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 12:47pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- SEC Network Takeover (#SECNTakeover) continues Monday, July 6, with Mississippi State taking over the national television network for 24 hours. Mississippi State has selected eight marquee television events from the vault* to relive with fans. Viewers will also be treated to classic documentaries and insightful interviews with coaches re-living the year in Bulldog athletics.

Los Hispanos Celebran El Verano Con Diversión, Comida Y Familia

Lifestyles - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 12:16pm
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(NewsUSA) - ¿Estás listo para el verano? Para los latinos, el verano es el momento perfecto para celebrar con la familia. La vida familiar es una parte importante de la cultura latina, se cuidan los unos a los otros, viven cerca y usualmente socializan juntos. Desde tomar vacaciones hasta barbacoas en el verano, cada evento es una razón para una divertida reunión.

JCPenney, una de las tiendas de ropa y cosas para el hogar más grande de la nación, está en sintonía con la comunidad hispana y ofrece desde elegantes prendas veraniegas y accesorios, hasta piezas de entretenimiento y decoraciones para el hogar perfectas para acoger a la familia y a los invitados. Los siguientes son sólo algunos ejemplos de lo que puedes encontrar en JCPenney para satisfacer todas tus necesidades para las reuniones familiares de verano y hacer que la fiesta siga su curso:

Fiestas Familiares

El comal Simplemente Delicioso de 14 pulgadas con tortilladora es perfecto para todo, desde calentar tortillas hasta hacer panqueques y huevos la mañana siguiente. Las cuatro opciones de color le ponen un giro innovador a un elemento básico de utensilios en la cocina latina. Para acompañar la comida, considere la máquina para hacer margaritas y granizados de acero inoxidable de Nostalgia Electrics. Esta licuadora de acero inoxidable puede hacer hasta un galón de margaritas o bebidas frías refrescantes en cuestión de minutos. El contenedor aislado tiene capacidad para 128 onzas de tu bebida fría favorita.

Vestimenta De Fiesta

Ofreciendo comodidad y estilo, una camiseta polo de mangas cortas de la marca St. John's Bay es el estilo veraniego perfecto para los hombres. Esta remera de talle medio viene en más de 20 colores. Para las mujeres, un vestido sin mangas con el cuello plisado será un éxito asegurado y las mantendrá frescas. Hecho de chalis, este vestido importado se puede lavar a máquina y viene en una gran variedad de tamaños.

Después De La Fiesta

Para los invitados que se queden a dormir o para un divertido picnic de alfombra, el juego de edredón de 4 piezas de Eva Longoria Home Mireles podría ser exactamente lo que estás buscando. El edredón tiene un vívido patrón inspirado por los azulejos españoles con distintos tonos de gris, blanco y amarillo. El juego de 4 piezas de algodón incluye: un edredón dos fundas para almohadas y un volado para la cama con una caída de 15 pulgadas. Los juegos de tamaño completo y tamaño reina incluyen los volados estándar y los juegos de tamaño King y California incluyen volados King.

Para más información, por favor visite www.JCPenney.com.

Pointers for Packing the Perfect Summer Picnic

Lifestyles - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 8:30am
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(NewsUSA) - There are a few things that signify summer is in full swing: the sound of an ice cream truck driving down the street, catching lightning bugs on a warm night and outdoor picnics with your favorite fare. Between meal prep and setting up shop, packing the perfect picnic basket may seem like a chore, but it can be a walk in the park with a few quick tips.

Whether you're planning an outdoor outing for your whole family or just a party of two, you're sure to have a great time if you keep these pointers in mind:

* Forget the Forks: Portability is number one when it comes to a mess-free picnic. Save yourself the hassle of creating dishes that require multiple utensils and opt for simple sandwiches instead. For easy assembly and a fun twist, bring along delicious ingredients like lean protein, sharp cheeses and tangy condiments for a "build-your-own" bar. Guests will love testing their culinary chops with protein-packed options like Simply Delicious sandwich meats from Land O'Frost. Available in a wide selection of flavors, from black forest ham and slow-roasted beef to honey-roasted turkey breast, the entire line of Simply Delicious products contain no artificial flavors, by-products or added hormones.

* Reverse Your Thinking: Once you've identified your picnic destination, it can take a while to prep before you can chow down. Streamline setup by packing your basket in reverse order. Rather than placing food items on top, move them to the bottom of your basket, followed by serving items and a tablecloth to top it off. This will make it easy to grab what you need when you arrive. * Squeeze In Extra Savings: If you're planning to grill at your next picnic, save yourself the trouble of packing full-size condiments for burgers and hot dogs, and bring along portable packs. Save extra condiment packets from your favorite fast-food restaurants to add to your next picnic basket. Taking up almost no room, these are ideal for outdoor meals.

With these time-saving tips in mind, your summer picnics will be a breeze. For coupons and more information about Simply Delicious products from Land O'Frost, visit www.landofrost.com.

Natural Snacks Make Nutritious Meals

Lifestyles - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 8:28am
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(NewsUSA) - Three square meals a day are a thing of the past. Busy schedules, diverse dietary preferences and the flow of modern life necessitate more flexible and convenient meals. Luckily, snacking is in the midst of a revolution. Traditional snacks like chips and pretzels have given way to bigger, better and healthier options that deliver both convenience and nutrition in one tasty package. Whether clean-label, organic, vegan or nutrient-added, it's up to ingredient suppliers and manufacturers to develop products that meet all of these demands. That's certainly a tall order.

While there are no standard requirements for clean label snacks, naturally derived gums, hydrocolloids and colors are generally accepted in such applications and have become increasingly popular. You might see these ingredients listed as carrageenan, a soluble fiber from red seaweed, or cellulose gel, which is a refined plant fiber. In many foods and beverages, these ingredients improve shelf life and nutritional value without diminishing taste -- like giving drinkable low-fat yogurt that distinctive creamy consistency with every sip.

They also prove quite functional in products that meet strict dietary requirements, like gluten-free and vegetarian options. Hydrocolloids and gums like carrageenan, alginates and cellulose gel can be sustainably sourced from nature and are perfectly suited for vegetarian and vegan foods. Either by improving the flavor and fullness of meatless sausage or producing non-dairy ice cream with that definitive indulgence and delectability, these ingredients are making new snacking options both possible and palatable.

Reducing the number of ingredients in a recipe is one challenge and, more recently, adding ingredients has become another. We want foods and beverages with added value, but it's important to understand that introducing vitamins or nutrients to any product can significantly affect flavor and texture. Enriched, shelf-stable snacks that boast added protein need a stabilizer to maintain the quality of the product. Without the added ingredients like carrageenan, similar products might separate, taste chalky or be less effective than their claims imply.

Food companies are adapting their product formulations and rolling out new products to meet demand for healthy snacking solutions. Naturally derived ingredients that help reduce fat and sugar content but maintain product integrity are changing the way we snack. They deliver that indulgent experience we all appreciate. For more information on ingredients that give us a variety of snacks for a wide range of diets, please visit www.FoodScienceMatters.com.

How American-Made Products Benefit Many

Lifestyles - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 8:24am
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(NewsUSA) - "Made in America" matters; almost 80 percent of Americans would prefer to buy an American-made product instead of one made abroad, based on data from a national survey by the Consumer Reports National Research Center. The findings appeared in an article in the February 2013 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.

In addition, more than 80 percent of the survey respondents cited keeping American jobs and maintaining America's strength in the global economy as reasons to support American-made products.

Henry Repeating Arms, maker of repeating firearms based on the design that was patented in 1860, is one example of a company that takes pride in its American roots and gives back to the country and communities.

The company's Guns for Great Causes program includes a range of activities that benefit individuals and organizations of all sizes.

Examples of how the company has made a difference include a donation of two Henry rifles to a Missouri high school fundraiser to send the school choir to perform at Carnegie Hall, as well as a donation of 100 Henry rifles custom embellished with the Kansas state flower to benefit a sick 4 year old girl from Sedan, Kan. Henry is the lead sponsor of the Charlie Daniels' Volunteer Jam 40th Anniversary to benefit The Journey Home Project program for veterans. It has made donations to many medical charities, including the Peyton Manning Children's Hospital, the Roger Maris Cancer Center and the Ronald McDonald House. Within its industry, Henry supports the NRA, as well as many wildlife conservation and youth shooting sports organizations.

Henry Repeating Arms is one of many companies that support American troops via the USO and a multitude of charitable military organizations -- such as the Marine Corp Scholarship Fund, Operation Homefront and Paralyzed Veterans of America. Anthony Imperato, president of Henry Repeating Arms, has personally thanked many veterans for their service with a gift of a Henry Military Service Tribute Edition rifle.

Extraordinary customer service is a key foundation of the company's success. Henry's Extreme Customer Service policy means that all customer service issues are handled in-house by a staff operating with a mandate from Mr. Imperato to do whatever it takes to make certain the customer is satisfied. The policy includes an unlimited lifetime guarantee on products, and Mr. Imperato responds personally to customer emails seven days a week.

For more information on Henry's Guns for Great Causes program, visit www.henryrifles.com.

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