Current Edition – Spring 2018
Erath County Living magazine is published twice per year and distributed throughout Stephenville and Dublin. We produce each edition with exceptional quality and content to become long-lasting, coffee table-quality magazines.
The magazine is printed on high quality thick paper stock to give it a better feel and increased thickness. The spine of each publication is perfect-bound to resemble a book, and to hold together for many years to come. The covers are UV tinted to withstand exposure and maintain a quality our readers have come to expect.
Editions of each publication are proudly displayed throughout businesses, professional waiting rooms and state legislative offices around the area. Being area-specific, the content within the pages of each publication is sure not to become dated or out of style. Residents have stated that each edition is a legacy, holding information about its people and events that one can reflect on and show for years to come.
We would like to say Thank You for all those who’ve made Erath County Living possible. We look forward to bringing you many more editions for years to come. Please let us know if you have any article suggestions, or have an event you’d like featured in the pages.
Fame, Fortune and a Four-Year Degree: Cress and Tash Riding High
Riding hard, they came to Texas seeking fame, fortune, and a four-year degree. Four years later, Brody Cress and Michael Tash have it all—each earning a degree, professional and intercollegiate rodeo awards, plus over a quarter of a million dollars in prize money.
Brody Cressmissed his December graduation ceremony from Tarleton State University. He was busy accepting the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) saddle bronc riding average title at the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in Las Vegas. In his senior year, Brody earned $282,287 as a professional, and won $176,000 of that at the ten-day NFR event.
Brody grew up in Hillsdale, Wyoming where the horse population far exceeds the people population. “I was on a horse before I could walk,” Brody explained. “As I grew, I rode anything—from mutton-bustin’ on up to horses—and advanced until I could finally ride bucking broncs. I chose Tarleton for a degree in agribusiness because it has a winning rodeo team, great coaches, and a place to compete as a rodeo professional. I took it one horse at a time and rode ’em the best I could. It’s awesome to be able to walk away with an (NFR) Best Average buckle.”
Candles with a Purpose
Last November 9ththrough the 13th, as the world continued to turn at her shop Blue Flamingo in Stephenville, shop owner Shannon Cagle was rambling down dirt roads through small Honduran villages. She was happily taking in the beautiful countryside and having her heart strings tugged by the smaller and smaller huts she witnessed as she approached her destination. The destination on her agenda was Good Shepherd Children’s Home (GSCH),about an hour’s drive from Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Her mission for this trip was simply to bear witness to the cumulative good works and dedication to a cause she and her customers had been assisting for years. Shannon’s journey to Honduras started long before the plane touched down in Honduras and long before her husband drove her to the airport and kissed her goodbye. This trip began with a candle company and her desire to support a cause through her own local business years ago.
With a big smile and a couple of bouncy pigtails, three-year-old Harper Lee dances and sings like she’s auditioning for a TV talent show. While her parents are happy that she’s expressing her personality, they are even happier that their miracle baby is enjoying life outside of the hospital.
There was a time when the Lees were afraid that might not be a reality for their little girl. The trouble began at just 14 weeks gestation when it was determined that Ashley Lee’s uterus wasn’t strong enough to support her growing baby.
“I went on strict bed rest for a week after an ER visit and a doctor’s appointment,” Lee said. “This is when the anxiety started kicking in.”
After this second trimester scare, the couple had a few weeks of elation where they learned their long legged, squirmy baby was a girl. But it wasn’t long before complications reared their ugly head once more.
“On July 20 my uterus was getting very weak due to Harper’s growth,” Lee said. “I was allowed to work since I had a mostly sit-down job, but I had to be on bedrest when I came home. Although it wasn’t easy with a very active three-year-old boy at home, with the help of my husband, family and friends, I was able to follow doctor’s orders.”