36th Annual Oatmeal Festival promises zany entertainment

By DANA DELGADO BERTRAM — With Labor Day weekend just over a week away, not much has been amiss on the quiet streets of Bertram except for some painters doing some touch-up work in preparation for the Oatmeal Festival. The streets may be quiet now in Bertram and Oatmeal, but come Labor Day weekend the craziness […]

Find fresh goodies on Fridays at Bertram’s Farmer’s Market

Loy Ogden (left) and Dickie Allen (right) display their fresh vegetables for sale at the Farmer’s Market in Bertram. In only its second year, the Farmer’s Market has become a happening place and couldn’t have found a more apt location than under the shade of a grove of mature oak trees. (Photo by Dana Delgado)

By Dana Delgado BERTRAM — Under an expansive canopy from a grove of mature oak trees, Bertram hosts a hearty, all locally-grown Farmer’s Market every Friday from 3-6:30 p.m. In only its second year, the Market in Bertram has become a happening place and couldn’t have found a more apt location with ample room for […]

Artists making relics at Ceramic Dino’s

Chris Allman owns Ceramic Dino’s in Bertram -- the largest facility of its kind in Central Texas. (Photo by Dana Delgado)

By Dana Delgado  BERTRAM — Behind the ostentatious turquoise-colored storefront trimmed in deep purple and sunny yellow in the heart of downtown Bertram, lies the home and headquarters of a surprising enterprise with a national following — Ceramic Dino’s.  Don’t let the name fool you. Inside is an amazing collection of quality Americana arts and […]

Bertram landmark evolving with Ware family

The Hungry Moose will open in August as White Moose Hall event center.  (Staff Photo)

By SHELLY WILKISON BERTRAM —  Although closed since February, people still stop by the Hungry Moose Restaurant from time to time hoping for the smells of freshly made pizza and the friendly company of Les Ware Jr. The recent presence at the restaurant of Ware’s oldest sister, Mary Lou Wells, has the community and travelers […]

Local friends bringing new life to historic Globe Theatre

Lance Regier (left) and Zach Hamilton are renovating the historic Globe Theatre at 132 W. Vaughn Street in Bertram. They found the original marquee sign in a goat barn outside of the city. (Courtesy Photo)

By Catherine Hosman BERTRAM — When the historic Globe Theatre in Bertram closed its doors in 1982, it stood dormant for decades until Lance Regier and Zach Hamilton got the idea to return it to its original art deco splendor. Friends since childhood, they purchased the theater in 2008. Now when they are not working […]

A changing of the guard at Bertram Elementary School

After 30 years of teaching and administrating at Bertram Elementary School, Principal Carla Denison is retiring. She will be missed by all when school closes this summer. With her are some of her second grade students. From left are Christina Graves, Avery Nisely, Yaritza Garcia, Piper Guthrie, Baileigh Hopkins and Christopher Elliott. (Photo by Catherine Hosman)

By Catherine Hosman BERTRAM — When Principal Carla Denison retires from Bertram Elementary School at the end of the school year after 30 years of service, she leaves behind a legacy that began when she was a first grade student at the school. “I am very excited about change, the new opportunities for me to […]

Concerns at Castleberry Court focus of Bertram Council

By Catherine Hosman BERTRAM — Controversy over zoning and traffic problems at Castleberry Court subdivision on State Highwy 29 eclipsed Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Bertram City Council. Several dismayed residents were present to voice their opinions at a public hearing about the lack of expedience on resolving the issues. The problem stems from concerns […]

Bertram Senior Center offers fellowship, fun

Senior Citizens Center founders Reta Whitley (left) and Annie Dell Taylor. (Photo by Catherine Hosman)

By Catherine Hosman BERTRAM — The community may be growing, but there is one place in Bertram that keeps things slow and offers folks a respite from the ever-churning pace of the 21st Century. The Bertram Senior Center welcomes anyone 50 years or older into its doors for afternoons of games, conversations and memories. Housed […]

Bertram EDC Directors reappointed

By Catherine Hosman BERTRAM — Four seats on the Bertram Economic Development Corp.’s Board of Directors have come to term and the Council unanimously agreed Tuesday to reinstate those existing board members. Directors whose terms were renewed include Pat Moore, LaDale Young, Mike Richardson and Georgina Hernandez. Their terms will expire in March 2015. “All […]

City of Bertram halts duplex construction at Castleberry Court

By Catherine Hosman BERTRAM — Mayor Dickie Allen said the City erred when a building permit for multi-family dwellings  at 104 and 106 Castleberry Court was issued. In recent days, he ordered all construction be stopped. The two lots positioned behind a Mexican restaurant on State Highway 29 and Castleberry Court were rezoned for commercial […]