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Locals make Roundup a big deal

Twisted Rodeo - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 11:55am
Dr. R.C. Trotter, chairman of the Roundup Committee, leads a group of dedicated volunteers who work every year to produce one of the top 25 events in the country.

Dr. R.C. Trotter, chairman of the Roundup Committee, leads a group of dedicated volunteers who work every year to produce one of the top 25 events in the country.

DODGE CITY, Kan. – While it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a community and more to put on the Dodge City Roundup Rodeo.

“There’s no possible way this event goes on without the number of volunteers and the great support we get from this community,” said Dr. R.C. Trotter, chairman of the volunteer committee that produces the annual event. “Much of everything that happens with our rodeo is because of the volunteers who devote their time and energy to its success.”

They’re all working for a spectacular week of rodeo starting with an evening of Xtreme Bulls on Tuesday, July 28, and five performances of Roundup from Wednesday, July 29-Sunday, Aug. 2; all performances begin at 7:45 p.m. at Roundup Arena.

The work by the volunteers is a key reason why Dodge City’s rodeo was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 2012. In fact, only office manager Elaine Gall and a handful of ticket-window staff members are the only paid employees.

All the rest of the work that goes into making Roundup a successful venture is done community members who hold full-time jobs and who devote their spare time.

“We work year-round,” Trotter said. “From working with our dedicated sponsors to getting the arena set up, it takes a lot of man-hours every year to set everything up so the fans can experience our rodeo.

“Roundup was established years ago as a community event, and it takes place during Dodge City Days. We get fans from all over the state and from all over the country who come to our rodeo ever year, and we want them to have a great experience year after year.”

From the ticket-takers at the front game to the person who sold the hamburgers at the concessions stand, virtually every ounce of labor is one of love by people who care about Roundup.

“If you buy a Pepsi or a beer, a volunteer has served you,” he said. “All the behind-the-scenes things that happen are done primarily by people who donate their time.

“When it comes to our rodeo, we have the top professional cowboys and cowgirls in the world who come to Dodge City. I credit the people of this community who make it happen.”

That includes the local businesses that support the event financially. In rodeo, cowboys and cowgirls compete in order to make a living. In addition to paying bills, dollars earned also count as championship points – the contestants in each event who earn the most money at season’s end are crowned world champions.

Roundup offers local incentives of more than $160,000. That, combined with contestants’ entry fees, makes up one of the largest purses in ProRodeo; through the years, it has remained one of the top 25 events in the country.

“We get support from more than 100 businesses, nearly all of which are local,” Gall said. “I think it says a lot about how those businesses understand the type of event our rodeo is to this community. We’re very blessed by the local support we get.”

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Football's #SECMD15 Attendees Announced, Airs Live on SEC Network

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 11:48am
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Mississippi State takes its turn at 2015 Southeastern Conference Football Media Day on Tuesday, July 14 and will be represented by head coach Dan Mullen, defensive end Ryan Brown, cornerback Taveze Calhoun and quarterback Dak Prescott.

Identity Theft 101: What You Need To Know

Lifestyles - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 11:17am
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(NewsUSA) - Identity theft is nothing new. It's been around longer than the Internet itself -- the process has just gotten more sophisticated.

The long and the short of it is, no matter how hard we try and protect what's ours (personal information, credit card numbers and bank account information), the more evolved criminals have become at circumventing these defenses.

To that end, it's never a bad idea to go over the newest forms of identity theft. Read on to find out how you may be (unwittingly) giving away your information and what you can do to stop it.

Internet Identity Theft

In this case, you may be unknowingly handing over information. Consider this: information can be stolen from the databases of banks, and retailers, or other third-party entities. What this means is that every time you log onto a website and provide personal information, be it credit card, debit card or a password, you are potentially giving away information.

Gone Phishing

Just like fishing, phishing uses a lure to catch its next victim. This often comes in the form of spam e-mail or a pop-up warning that looks like it came from a company you trust.

For the 57 million adults that have experienced a phishing attack, they know that one click is all it takes. The truth? Legitimate companies will never ask for personal information via e-mail.

Buying the Pharm

Pharming happens when a cyber criminal cracks a vulnerability in an Internet Service Provider or DNS server and hijacks the domain name of a well-known site. Anyone going to the site is then redirected to an identical, but bogus site. Personal information is then collected, which is used to log onto the genuine website.

Beware the Spyware

Spyware is technology that surreptitiously gathers information by logging all of your keystrokes, or by using Trojans to collect information from your computer when you click on a pop-up ad or view spam e-mail.

While it may seem impossible to protect yourself, there are companies that have made it its mission to defend consumers. VirnetX, for instance, a security and software company has created Gabriel, a set of secure communication apps derived from a U.S. Department of Defense project.

Gabriel transmits information using automatic virtual private networks with military-grade encryption -- think Cryptograms. In this way, your data and communication is invisible to hackers.

Gabriel offers its users secure mail, messaging and free voice and video calls.

Gabriel Collaboration Suite is free to try. For more information, go to www.gabrielsecure.com or the Google Play Store.

How to Keep Seniors Independent at Home

Lifestyles - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 11:15am
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(NewsUSA) - When most people envision their ideal retirement, they picture themselves dancing, playing tennis or running around the playground with their grandchildren. Unfortunately, some seniors eventually find themselves losing their independence due to the natural aging process.

According to Marketing Charts, 26 percent of seniors surveyed rated losing their independence as their biggest fear. This is higher than 13 percent of seniors who feared moving into a nursing home, or 3 percent fearing death. Instead of seniors fearing a loss of independence, how can they regain it?

Here are some easy-to-adopt suggestions to help you or your elderly parent regain independence after an accident, medical condition or an inability to get around the house:

Invest in a Power Wheelchair

Power wheelchairs provide seniors with independence and comfort beyond a traditional manual wheelchair. Seniors can easily regain their independence with joystick movement, letting them choose speed and direction they are comfortable with. Power wheelchairs also let seniors recline and tilt, helping them raise their legs if they need to.

Install a Stairlift

Seniors looking to gain independence, especially when they can't make it up the stairs anymore, can install an Acorn Stairlift. Seniors with arthritis don't have to worry, because it's the only approved starlift, with the Ease-of-Use commendation by the Arthritis Foundation.

Available for straight or curved stairs, Acorn Stairlifts provide seniors with a safe and secure movement from sitting down to stepping off through its swivel seat and safety belt. Seniors also don't have to worry about malfunctions with its built-in safety sensors that prevent it from running into something it shouldn't. It also features an easy-to-read numerical display notifying seniors if it needs servicing -- preventing it from malfunctioning with someone on it.

Attach Bathroom Aids

Helping seniors regain independence after an accident is especially important when it comes to bathing. Installing grab bars or safety handles on tubs and walls, along with bath and shower chairs, can help seniors regain their independence by giving them the confidence they need to safely bath themselves, even if they have a home health aide helping them.

Learn more about how seniors can regain their independence by visiting www.acornstairlifts.com.

How to Handle the Potential Pitfalls of Dating

Lifestyles - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 10:18am

(NewsUSA) - Dating is hard these days. Never mind the whole getting-to-know you thing, the Internet has created a world where every foible, every flaw, every thing (literally and figuratively) is on display for all the world, including potential dating partners, to see.

"Surviving any worst-case scenario comes down to not panicking, having a plan and ultimately being prepared," David Borgenicht, author of The Complete Worst-Case Scenario Sur-vival Handbook: Dating & Sex, told the Chicago Tribune in an interview. "And this applies to the realm of dating."

That is why it's best to be prepared for any dating scene so you don't find yourself wondering whether leaving-by-the-bathroom-window is actually an option.

The following tips will help you avoid the minefield of dating.

* You spill wine all over the table, on yourself, or on your date. At best, you and your date can laugh it off. And if you like one another, it's an easy way to ask them out for a second one --to a dry cleaners where you'll foot the bill. At worst, if the sparks aren't there, you have an easy out.

* You're running late. It happens -- traffic, work runs over, mistiming on how long it takes to get ready -- and all of a sudden you've kept your date waiting. In this case, take a few minutes to send a text message or a quick call and let them know you've run into a snag, but will be there as soon as possible. Better yet, giving them a timeframe. One caveat: try to keep it light. If you sound stressed about being late, they'll be stressed about waiting.

* You're a smokeless tobacco user. For smokeless tobacco users, the thought of taking a spit cup or bottle on a date is horrific, and of course, an absolute no-no. So, what to do? You might want to consider a portable spittoon made by FLASR, an Atlanta-based company that specializes in creating smokeless tobacco accessories.

To avoid the messiness that can go along with using smokeless tobacco, the FLASR flask has an advanced closing mechanism, ensuring that it stays securely closed when not in use, thus eliminating the risk of spills and leaks often found with cups and bottles. In addition, the small size of the FLASR flask allows users to enjoy smokeless tobacco unobtrusively while in public.

For more information, visit www.flasr.com.

McDonald Qualifies For U.S. Open; Women Excel In School

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 07/07/2015 - 5:37pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – What a splash Ally McDonald is making as professional golfer.

Bulldogs Land La. Tech Transfer Xavian Stapleton

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 07/07/2015 - 5:18pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – After spending his freshman campaign at Louisiana Tech, Xavian Stapleton has decided to return to his home state to finish out his collegiate career.

Robson Named Cape Cod Baseball League Player of the Week

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 07/07/2015 - 4:55pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State outfielder Jacob Robson was named Cape Cod Baseball League Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.

Prescott, Jones and Redmond On Watch Lists For National Awards

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 07/07/2015 - 11:00am
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State senior quarterback Dak Prescott was named to the watch list for the 79th edition of the Maxwell Award, the Maxwell Football Club announced Tuesday.

Sosebee taking funny to Lovington

Twisted Rodeo - Tue, 07/07/2015 - 9:46am
 Springdale, Ark.; Cheyenne, Wyo.; Dodge City, Kan.; and Lovington, N.M. He returns to Lovington to work this year's Lea County Fair and Rodeo.

Rodeo clown Cody Sosebee interacts with fans during a recent rodeo in Guymon, Okla. This month features a busy part of his schedule, moving from one large rodeo to another: Springdale, Ark.; Cheyenne, Wyo.; Dodge City, Kan.; and Lovington, N.M. He returns to Lovington to work this year’s Lea County Fair and Rodeo.

LOVINGTON, N.M. – Much has changed around the Lea County Fair and Rodeo since the last time Cody Sosebee was the entertainer inside Jake McClure Arena.

“The Lovington rodeo has a lot of chrome on it now and is really bright and shiney,” said Sosebee, who will be the rodeo clown and entertainer during the five nights of rodeo action, beginning with the Lea County Xtreme Bulls on Tuesday, Aug. 4, and continuing through the full rodeo performances from Wednesday, Aug. 5-Saturday, Aug. 8. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

“It’s a lot different now than it was then. The rodeo has finally been recognized as one of the best, and they have Xtreme Bulls and Pete Carr’s bucking stock. It’s really a special rodeo.”

That it is. The Lea County rodeo has been nominated as the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Large Outdoor Rodeo of the Year each of the past two seasons. That’s quite an honor for an event that’s in the same class as the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days and the Pendleton (Ore.) Roundup.

“That’s a super good committee, and you can tell they’ve worked their butts off to make a good rodeo even better,” he said. “When they came to tell me they were excited to have me coming back, it really was a great thing for me. I love that rodeo.”

The rodeo committee isn’t the only entity that’s been honored with nominations and awards. Sosebee is a five-time nominee for PRCA Clown of the Year and a two-time finalist for Comedy Act of the Year. He will be a big part of the action that is orchestrated by Pete Carr Pro Rodeo, the primary livestock producer that’s been nominated for Stock Contractor of the Year in 2013-14.

“You get to work with an A team of personnel and an A team list of stock,” he said. “Anytime you get to work with people who excel in their field, it only makes me that much better.”

In addition to his clowning nomination, the former competitor also has been nominated for the PRCA Comedy Act of the Year two of the past three seasons. But there’s much more to Sosebee than meets the eye. Over his lifetime, he’s competed in nearly every rodeo event possible and was at the top of his game in bareback riding.

It’s part of the life growing up in a family that was heavily involved in rodeo. His father was a pickup man, so Sosebee has been part of the sport as long as he can remember.

“I got into clowning by accident by filling in for guys,” said Sosebee, who also owns a barbecue restaurant in his hometown of Charleston, Ark., just 25 miles east of Fort Smith, Ark. “I didn’t know where I was going to go with my rodeo career when I quit riding barebacks, and it turned into a good living. I get to see the world.

“I live in a community with one four-way stop, and I get to go to a lot of great places where as soon as you pull into town, you are considered a rock star for a week.”

A born competitor, the clown has made the adjustments he needed to get the true fix after a lifetime of being part of the contest.

“I’ve always been a competitor in anything I did, from football to basketball to when I was in freestyle bullfighting,” he said. “I miss putting my hand in the riggin’ and nodding my head to be 80 points to win the rodeo, but I’m a realist. I’m 43 years old. While most of the guys I rodeoed with have slowed down and have found jobs, I get to be in the arena and get to make a living in rodeo doing something I love.”

Sosebee also plays to his strengths. Bigger than many in the game, he showcases a true athleticism that is rarely seen among men of his stature. It’s comedy at the purest level.

“Having the ability to laugh at myself is probably my biggest strength,” he said. “I don’t take anything too serious. When I’m watching a comedian, the funniest thing I see is when they’re honestly open and having a good time. I want the fans to see that I’m a real person and I’m having fun, and they can have fun with me.”

That’s why Sosebee has excelled as one of the premier rodeo clowns in the game. That’s why the volunteer committee is bringing him to town. It’s another key reason the Lea County Fair and Rodeo is always at the top of the game.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Former Diamond Dawg Papelbon Named MLB All-Star For Sixth Time

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 07/06/2015 - 11:37pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Former Mississippi State pitcher Jonathan Papelbon was named to the 2015 Major League Baseball National League All-Star team, MLB announced late Monday night.

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).

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