PEC: Bertram office not closing

By Christine Bolaños BERTRAM — A Pedernales Electric Cooperative leader said its Bertram office is not closing in response to recent rumors stating otherwise. PEC President James Oakley said that during its July 21 meeting, the board agreed to close four walk-in offices in the future, but the Bertram office is not among those locations. […]

Solis fires up the pits in Bertram

John Solis stands in front of his latest honor, Grand Champion Reserve won last fall at the National Cook-Off Championship in Buda. Solis recently opened the restaurant John Beere Bar-B-Q in Bertram. (Dana Delgado Photo)

By DANA DELGADO BERTRAM — Over the years, John Solis has made a good living with his hands as a mason, but now finds himself savoring a whole new success. A few years ago, the Bertram native turned an ordinary weekend ritual into an extraordinary new venture for himself. With close attention to detail and […]

Library Thrift Store getting up to tech speed

Showing off the wide selection of quality clothing and household items, recently hired Bertram Library Thrift Store Manager Connie Kaiser, armed with sales experience and technology expertise, has plans to upgrade the store’s operating systems to better serve their many loyal customers and to attract newcomers looking for bargains.  (Dana Delgado Photo)

By Dana Delgado BERTRAM — Although specializing in quality resale clothing and housewares for over 30 years, the Bertram Public Library Thrift Store located in historic Bertram is ready to jump into the 21st Century. New manager Connie Kaiser, armed with sales experience and technology expertise, has plans to upgrade the thrift store’s operating systems […]

Bows galore, clothing consignments at Bertram’s Kids Alley

Cynthia Anderson holds a special occasion dress at her children’s clothing consignment resale boutique, Kids Alley. The Bertram store is located in the shadow of the city’s water tower. (Dana Delgado Photo)

By Dana Delgado BERTRAM — With a grand opening over Labor Day weekend during the Oatmeal Festival, Cynthia Anderson has been busy restocking her trendy, children’s clothing consignment resale boutique, Kids Alley. Located in the heart of Bertram’s historic downtown district at 165 S. Gabriel Street, Kids Alley carries both boys and girls clothes as […]

37th Annual Oatmeal Festival draws crowds to Bertram

Mark Sutherberg ate four bowls of oatmeal in one minute -- taking home the championship medal at the 37th Annual Oatmeal Festival's Oatmeal Eating Contest. (Sean Shapiro Photo)

By SEAN SHAPIRO BERTRAM – Mark Sutherberg knows exactly how he likes his oatmeal. Instead of adding sugar or other fixings, Sutherberg prefers his oatmeal plain and simple. Otherwise, it becomes very difficult to scarf down in a speedy manner when you have less than a minute to eat as many bowls as possible. That […]

Globe Theater restoration attracts curious festival goers

Oatmeal Festival goers got a sneak peak at the Globe Theater in downtown Bertram were restoration is in progress. (Sean Shapiro Photo)

By SEAN SHAPIRO BERTRAM – Attempting to escape the heat at the Bertram Oatmeal Festival, a family of four sat back, laughed, and enjoyed a classic black and white silent film in which a pair of golfers tear up a golf course with a variety of antics. Sitting three rows behind the family, Zach Hamilton […]

‘Bowl’ members gear up for Oatmeal Festival

Oatmeal Festival “bowl” members are from left, Fidelia Salinas, Evan Milliorn, Allison Milliorn, Otto Pfahl, Jim Karolik, Allen Rodgers, Dorris Allen, Bonnie Porterfield, Janet Habermehl, Karen Lester, Brandie Pogue, April Baladez and Kayla Schreiber. Not pictured is Rachael Shaw. (Brenda Young Photo)

By Brenda Young BERTRAM — New faces continue to join the ranks of sponsors, vendors and volunteers who are working quickly to iron out all the details for the 37th Annual Oatmeal Festival in Bertram. The Oatmeal “bowl” members (as board members prefer to be called) met June 25 to update organizers and welcome some […]

Army of angels ease pain for injured officer

Doug Wall volunteers at Oaks Nursing Center in Burnet where his wife, Teresa works as Admissions Coordinator. (Dana Delgado Photo)

By Dana Delgado  BERTRAM — A harrowing motorcycle accident Douglas (Doug) Wall was involved in on the early afternoon of April 26 is still pretty much a blur. What has become very clear to the Police Sergeant with the Bertram Police Department is that he has an army of angels he never knew he had. […]

D&L plants vineyard in Bertram

Erasmo Chavez, owner of D & L Landscaping and Nursery, proudly shows his new vineyard in Bertram.  Temperatures reached into the low 90s on May 4, but a crew of 10 planted nearly 1,500 grape vines over 36 rows on four gently sloped acres along Highway 29. (Dana Delgado Photo)

By Dana Delgado BERTRAM — D & L Landscaping and Nursery in the eastern end of Bertram got an exciting new addition to go with its already inviting array of plants, greenery, and complete supply of landscaping materials and services at 3429 State Highway 29. A vineyard! Yes, a vineyard. And why not? Texas, the […]

Fresh is the word at Bertram Farmers Market

Organizers Loy Ogden (left) and Dickie Allen (right) check on the growing vegetables at Allen’s garden in preparation for the grand re-opening of Bertram’s hearty, locally-grown Farmers Market May 17 under the large oak trees at 1450 State Highway 29 next to the Bertram Plaza in the western end of town.  Vendors with homegrown or handmade products are encouraged to make their reservations now. (Dana Delgado Photo)

By Dana Delgado BERTRAM — With a sudden swing into May, the countdown has begun for the grand, seasonal re-opening of Bertram’s hearty, all locally-grown Farmers Market. Mark it down, May 17, but note that the market is moving from its traditional Friday afternoon timeslot to Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. -1 p.m. Organizers said […]