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Was America founded as a Christian nation?

CNN - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 14:43
Was America founded as a Christian nation?
Categories: National News

What you need to know about the dog flu outbreak

Health - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 14:29
New cases of canine influenza have spread across several states, and veterinarians are urging vigilance.
Categories: Health

Man stands by threat to kill Obama, say court papers

CNN - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 14:16
A criminal complaint and arrest warrant were issued Thursday against a 55-year-old Tomah, Wisconsin man accused of threatening to kill President Barack Obama.
Categories: National News

Summer Ball Q&A: Sophomore Outfielder Brent Rooker

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 14:09
STARKVILLE, Miss. - For the month of July, HailState.com will interview select Mississippi State baseball players competing across the country in summer leagues.

Toddler found in garbage bag

CNN - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 13:32
Massachusetts authorities are seeking help in identifying a little girl whose body was found on Deer Island in Boston Harbor last week.
Categories: National News

At least 4 dead after strong earthquake in China

CNN World - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 12:34
At least four people have been killed by a strong earthquake that shook the far western Chinese region of Xinjiang on Friday, state media reported.
Categories: International News

Beware of Greeks bearing GIFs

CNN World - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 12:29
Greece. A government debt of $323 billion, an economy that's dropped by a quarter and banks that have closed their doors and ATMs -- you can cry, or you can laugh. Many have opted for the latter.
Categories: International News

County fair celebrates 80 years

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

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

Military base cancels July 4 celebrations over threats

CNN World - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 12:00
A British airbase used by American airmen has canceled its Fourth of July celebrations given rising security threats.
Categories: International News

South Carolina church fire caused by lightning, officials say

CNN - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 11:57
Lightning, not arson, caused the fire that gutted a traditionally black church in South Carolina this week, federal and state investigators have concluded.
Categories: National News

Kasserine: Pipeline for terror

CNN World - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 11:45
Kasserine, once famous for its central role in the Tunisian revolution, has become infamous as a pipeline of radicalized young men flocking to Syria and Libya in their thousands.
Categories: International News

A journey through color and light

CNN World - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 11:32
The annual Serpentine Pavilion installation has been unveiled in London. Browse through the gallery to see all the images.
Categories: International News

France rejects Assange's 'protection' request

CNN World - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 11:27
France has rejected a request from Julian Assange for "protection" after the controversial WikiLeaks founder published an open letter in national newspaper Le Monde on Friday.
Categories: International News

Uber suspends ride-sharing service in France

Business News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 10:51
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Enough with celebratory gunfire

CNN - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 10:22
Brandon Yam has lived with a bullet lodged in his brain for a year now. The 48-year-old father of four is unable to work and has to cope with frequent headaches, partial paralysis, a poor memory, and needing a wheelchair to go longer distances. Unfortunately, this July 4 weekend could see more people suffering a similar fate to Brandon -- when they are injured by a bullet that literally falls out of the sky.
Categories: National News

Stars in stars and stripes

CNN - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 09:27
Categories: National News
Summer youth sports programs are in full swing. Carly Halland works on gymnastics skills during...
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Valley City took two from LaMoure, Wednesday night, 10-0 and 7-6.

 

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