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Bluebonnet Festival brings magic to children


The Goble family attends the Bertram Centennial celebration in 1957. Among the children is Crista Goble Bromley. Today she is the mayor of Burnet whick will hold its annual Bluebonnet Festival next month.





Special to Burnet Bulletin

Burnet Mayor Crista Goble Bromley

One of my fondest memories is attending the Bertram Centennial as a little girl. The train came to town and, having never seen a train up close, it seemed almost magical. There was a parade and animals and games. It was so exciting!

I imagine that a lot of today’s children view our Burnet Bluebonnet Festival with those same magic filled eyes. This year, the Burnet Chamber of Commerce will celebrate its 35th annual festival; a feat all on its own, but more than that, the festival continues to grow each year. What once filled only the square now reaches from Hamilton Creek Park on the west all the way to the railroad depot on the east.


Bertram man dies in home accident


By Glynis Crawford Smith

Burnet Bulletin

Justin Battles, 26, a graduate of Burnet High School, died at his home Saturday night, Feb. 10, in an accident that left him pinned between his truck and a wall of home in Bertram.

“He had a little fire pit and he liked to cook out there,” said Bertram police chief J.J. Wilson. “He had music playing in his truck and the theory is that he must have reached in to turn the music off and knocked the standard shift into gear.

“He only had a second to respond to try to get it back out of gear when it began to move forward in first gear and pinned him against the house.”

Wilson said a neighbor to Battles' home in the 900 block of Ranch to Market Road 143 East heard his music at 9:30 p.m., but about 10:15 p.m. heard the truck's alarm and didn't see him any more and then called in the accident.


Bertram PD bids Bock farewell, welcomes new K-9 officer

Marcie Masterson/Bertram Enterprise

R.I.P. Ofcr. Bock. The Bertram Police Department’s K-9 died last week, due to cancer. 'Bock served Bertram until his last day of life,' said Bertram PD Chief JJ Wilson. “He was faithful ‘til the end.'

By Glynis Crawford Smith

Burnet Bulletin

Bock, the loyal K-9 of the Bertram Police Department (BPD) was laid to rest recently and the department is falling into step with his successor, Max.

“Bock had cancer,” said BPD Chief James “JJ” Wilson. “He was losing weight. We had been to the vet and dried different diets but he wasn't getting better.”

It was veterinarian Dan McBride in Burnet who made the final diagnosis.

“He even tried surgery to save Bock,” said Wilson. “Bock was very sick and only had days left. So, after eight years of loyal service, we had to put him down.”

Two of Bock's years of service were with the BPD. Like his successor, Max, he came into law enforcement from the military.

“He had served with Williamson, Travis and Bexar County departments,” said Wilson. “He was perfect for narcotics. He found lots of narcotics and even money on the job.”


40th Oatmeal Festival scheduled for Sept. 1-2

Are you guys ready for a boot scootin' good time? Well, the quaint Texas Hill Country town of Bertram is preparing itself for this year's annual Labor Day event, their 40th Annual Oatmeal Festival. The famous festival begins Friday evening at 5:03 p.m., in the nearby town of Oatmeal TX with a Beauty Pageant, vendors, and live music. The fun doesn't end on Friday. Festival activities continue all day Sept.2 in Bertram. There will be many free family events to enjoy on Saturday starting at 8:03 p.m,. COME JOIN US… ENJOY!! Some of the year's activities will include a guided trail-ride from Oatmeal to Bertram, 3.3-mile fun run, Oatmeal themed baking competition, pet parade, an Oatmeal Grand Parade, live music during the day, many children's games and water activities, and street dancing to top off the evening. Runners from across the great state of Texas are expected to take part in the legendary 3.3 mile Run for Your Oats in downtown Bertram Saturday morning.


Bertram PD lucky in face of 'series of unfortunate events'






Bertram PD suffers 'series of unfortuante events'

By Lew K. Cohn and Glynis Crawford Smith

Highland Lakes Newspapers

A Bertram police officer is recovering from injuries suffered when his patrol vehicle was hit during a traffic stop on Texas 29 Saturday night and another escaped injury on the same highway Tuesday night in another rear-end accident that led to the arrest of a Bertram woman.

Patrol officer James Threadgill was treated and later released from the emergency room at a Williamson County hospital, according to Bertram Police Chief J.J Wilson, who said Threadgill continues to recover but the patrol car is a loss.

“Last night around 7 p.m., officer James Brown was on routine patrol when here comes a ... lady in a four-wheel drive pickup,” said Wilson. “The damage was not as extensive. She tried to apply the breaks but slammed into him.”

Unlike Threadgill, Brown had no apparent injuries on Tuesday.

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