New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 18, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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Thanksgiving the busiest week
“We give each family a coloring book for the kids, a tree bag to take the tree down with and a seedling to plant in their yard,” he said. "We cut some trees, but some people like to cut their own trees. It’s fun watching people pick out a tree. Husbands and wives don’t always agree on which tree they want so that’s kind of fun to watch. But everyone enjoys doing it.”
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Strom’s daughter says she’s at peace
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) —
T he 78-year-old daughter of the late Sen. Strom Thurmond and a black maid said Wednes day that now that she has come forward to disclose her heritage, she is finally at peace.
At a news conference in her native South Carolina, Essie Mae Washington-Williams said she did not come forward earlier because she didn’t want to jeopardize Thurmond’s political career and family. “Throughout his life and mine we respected each other. ... I was sensitive about his wellbeing and his career."
“I am not bitter. I am not aggry. In fact, there is a great sense of peace that has come over me in the past year," she said. “I feel as though a great weight has been lifted. I am Essie Mae Washington-Williams, and at last I feel completely free.”
Williams announced last weekend she is die illegitimate daughter of Thurmond, a former segregationist, and (Carrie Butler, a maid for the Thurmond family. Thurmond was 22 and Butler was 16 when Williams was born in 1925.
“I knew him beyond lits public image,” Williams said. “(Certainly never did like the idea that he was a segregationist, but there was nothing I could do about it. T hat was his life.” Williams said, Thurmond never denied she was las daugh-ter and gave her money diroughout her life. She also said there were others who knew. “All of them on his stall knew exactly who I was,” she said.
Williams is a retired teacher living in Los Angeles. She said she has four children, 13 grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren.
Thurmonds family said Monday they acknowledge Williams' claim, and the fumier senator’s oldest son, U.S. Attorney Strom Thurmond Jr., said he would like to meet liis half sister and start a relationship.
Williams said Wednesday she, too, would like to meet Thurmond’s other children.
After Thurmond died in June at age IOO, Williams said she began to think about ending “all the speculation and questions” about the long-rumored relationship.
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Vogel said people return year after year to get a Christmas tree, from New Braunfels, Boerne, San Antonio and Au§tin.
“Thanksgiving week is our busiest week,” he said. “People come from all over, and a lot of the same people come back year after year. We even have one family that comes every year from up river on their boat to pick up their tree. It’s kind of an annual ritual.” After working in an office /or so many years, he said farming Christmas trees is a nice change of pace.
“I love being outside and growing things,” he said. “It beats sitting behind a desk.”
prepared for growth, Cobb said.
“If we take away in-district transfers, we’d have better idea of where growth is,” she said. “It just gives us a better handle on the number of students that should be attending a school.” Development has created a need for schools as neighborhoods grow, Cobb said.
By Scott Mahon
Even though the contract has been let to widen the last stretch of Interstate 35 through New Braunfels, local officials say the Texas Department of Transportation’s new district engineer will face more challenges with Comal County’s growing transportation needs.
Local government officials welcomed David Casteel, TxDOT’s new district engineer for the San Antonio area, Wednesday during a reception at the New Braunfels Municipal Airport.
Attending the reception were State Rep. Carter Casteel, Comal County Judge Danny Scheel, Mayor Adam Cork, County Commissioner Jay Minikin, New Braunfels city councilmen, chamber of commerce representatives and others.
“The primary issue is growth," said Randy Haugh, chairman’ of the transportation committee for the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc. “Comal County is experiencing an explosion of growth and its exceeding our transportation system. And even though they’ll start widening the final three-mile stretch of 1-35, there are other issues, like Highway 46 and U.S. 281.”
County Commissioner Jay Millikin said growth could be
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“It’s not a problem — it’s a challenge — because growth brings jobs, people and vitality,” Minikin said. “My concern though, is that we don’t have the tools to manage the growth we’re experiencing.”
As an example, Millikin said Comal County fought for years with the legislature to give counties the authority to develop master plans for county highways.
“Senate Bill 877, which was passed by this last legislature, exemplifies the kind of tools counties need to manage growth,” he said.
Haugh also said counties have to be proactive in dealing with TxDOT.
“Ten years ago, statistics showed that 1-35 through New Braunfels was the most dangerous interstate highway in the country,” he said. “So the efforts made by local government officials to get it widened exemplifies the fact that you have to be proactive with TxDOT to get results. But I have to add that we’ve been
fortunate in having the kind of leadership we’ve had at TxDOT in this district.”
The San Antonio district comprises 12 counties, including Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Frio, Guadalupe, Kendall, Kerr, McMullen, Medina, Uvalde and Wilson counties.
“The growing population in Comal County is a major issue,” Casteel said. “Some of the projects we need to focus on to meet the growth include improving Hwy. 46 and U.S. 281 and of course maintaining 1-35.”
However, Casteel said, one of his problems as district engineer will be finding the funding to meet all the transportation needs in Comal County in a “timely manner".
“My job is to work with local government,” he said. “In fact, I spent a day last week riding around Comal County with County Judge Danny Scheel. And one of the unique things about Comal County is it s historical aspect and how to deal with so many
low-density areas that are contributing to transportation problems. People are choosing to move to low density areas, but as they do, traffic increases. So the problem is how to blend the quality of life in Comal County with transportation needs.”
Casteel jointed TxDOT’s Wichita Falls District in 1983. He moved to Bowie as an engineer-in-training. In 1990, he moved to College Station where he worked as an associate research engineer.
In 1997, he was named district engineer for the Childress District in the panhandle. Prior to being appointed to the San Antonio district office, he had been district engineer of the Corpus Christi district, a post he held since August 2001.
After earning his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M University in 1984, Casteel graduated from the university with his master’s degree in 1990. He became a licensed professional enginer in 1989.
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