Craftsman finds niche with mesquite

By Dana Delgado BERTRAM — Craig Lagerstrom never imagined he would become a Master Furniture Craftsman. The humble Bertram artisan and businessman had always held a strong affection for art and revered the blend of culture, arts and architecture in New Mexico where he spent many of his growing years. His dad’s career with the […]

R Bank partners with City of Bertram for new police vests

By Dana Delgado BERTRAM — Bertram police officers have added a new line of protection with the acquisition of four essential protective vests. Mayor Dickie Allen made the announcement at a meeting Dec. 26 from his office at Bertram City Hall and called it a critical addition that will not only assist police officers in […]

A dynamic duo at Bertram City Hall

By Dana Delgado BERTRAM — Only days separate their arrival at Bertram’s City Hall, but this unlikely pair have merged into one dynamic duo administering the affairs of the town with professionalism and efficiency.   Evan Milliorn was hired first as the City’s Secretary in 2010, but Georgina Hernandez, the would-be City Treasurer hired later, […]

Tucked away in downtown Bertram is unique boutique Sew Envious

By Dana Delgado  BERTRAM — The minute Polly Allen peered through the dusty windows of the renovated old wooden frame building now encased with metal siding, she knew she had found the perfect home for her enterprising business, Sew Envious. “I could imagine it all,” she said.  “It was perfect.” While the building offered many […]

Best-selling authors: ‘Nobody could be this lucky’

By Dana Delgado BERTRAM — Books unlocked the world of a young Susan Wittig growing up in mid-eastern Illinois among the mines and many factories of Danville. Her father, who was a great detective reader, especially enjoying Agatha Christie, pointed her to mysteries which have been an enduring love. Equally inspiring were her readings of […]

Ancient City of Bethlehem comes alive in Burnet

By Dana Delgado BURNET — The unequivocally captivating, living and breathing recreated biblical community that is Main Street Bethlehem in Burnet opens its rustic gates for the 21st year the first Friday in December. Presented by the First Baptist Church of Burnet, the ancient city likeness of Christ’s birth comes to life for two consecutive […]

Olde Tyme Christmas celebration comes to Bertram

By Dana Delgado   BERTRAM — The memories of Christmas past in a small town prompted Reta Whitley to make sure Bertram’s Olde Tyme Christmas Festival didn’t go by the wayside. After being discontinued for a few years despite a successful six-year run before that,  Mrs. Whitley along with Pat Easely, Mary Moore, Margaret Ybarra […]

White Table remembrance honors Veterans’ service

By Dana Delgado  BERTRAM — An idea proposed to honor military veterans moved Bertram Library Director Ann Brock to tears.   The idea, presented as a regional Veterans’ Day project by Marilyn Curtis representing the regional Alpha Chi Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma International Society, revolved around a charming yet powerful children’s book. The […]

Veteran’s new home ends long struggle

By Dana Delgado BERTRAM — This was a day Shirley Wright was beginning to think was never going to come. The Army veteran, who suffers from lupus, has had to huddle in small make-shift quarters with her two young adopted granddaughters and her daughter braving Texas’ brutally hot summers and the cold of winter for […]

American Legion hosts Arts & Crafts Fair

By Dana Delgado BERTRAM — For an enchanting weekend of shopping, explore and discover some handcrafted treasures Saturday, Nov. 2 at the American Legion Post 607 in Bertram. Some are destined for giving with the holidays on the horizon while others are meant to keep. Either way, Post 607 welcomes visitors to its monthly Arts […]