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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 15, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas ■ SPORTS, 1B Rangers rally again, advance in playoffs ■THE NATION, 8A Mississippi River diverted * UFE, 1C Art coming to area firms SUNDAY MAY 15, 2011ZeitungServing New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. $1.50 ► ELECTION AT A GLANCE NEW BRAUNFELS MAYOR fid GalePospisil □ Jason Dias NB CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 5 id Bryan Miranda □ Beverly Nuckols NBPD CIVIL SERVICE (d Yes □ No COMAL ISD DISTRICT 4 TRUSTEE fid DaleDehlin □ Nancy Pappas NEW BRAUNFELS ISD DISTRICT 2 TRUSTEE Id RigoMontero □ David McDaniel GARDEN RIDGE MAYOR Si Jay Feibelman □ Ed Ford . □ Gary Wolfe GARDEN RIDGE CITY COUNCIL PLACE 2 □ Bobby Roberts id Andrew Dalton GARDEN RIDGE CITY COUNCIL PLACE 3 Id Jim Young □ Ron Heller BULVERDE AREA RURAL UBRARY DISTRICT BOARD {Two opart seats) □ Robert Zito Sf Richard Bradley id Robert Tipton □ Jerry D. Reynolds ESD4: SALES TAX RATE INCREASE $ Id Yes □ No ESD6: PROPERTY TAX CEILING INCREASE Id Yes □ No ¡¡¡p ► EDUCATION: Rigo Montero retains seat on New Braunfels ISD board, 2 ► EDUCATION: Dale Dehlin is newest member of Comal ISD board, 2 SPECIAL REPORT: ELECTION 2011► EMERGENCY SERVICE DISTRICT 4: Sales tax rate increased approved, 2► EMERGENCY SERVICE DISTRICT 6: Property tax rate ceiling increased, 2 ► GARDEN RIDGE: Voters elect Jim Young, Andrew Dalton to city council, 2 ► GARDEN RIDGE: Jay Feibelman wins mayor seat in highly contested race, 2 ► BULVERDE: BradleyJipton elected to Bulverde Rural Area Library District, 2 ► SAN ANTONIO: Julian Castro easily wins second term as city's mayor, 6 Pospisil wins mayor Former councilwoman tops newcomer Dias to replace Boyer By Greg Bowen The Herald-Zeitung Voters chose Gale Pospisil as the city’s new mayor on Saturday, overwhelmingly returning the former mayor pro tern to City Hall with 70 percent of the vote. “I’m happy with that margin,” said Pospisil. “I really feel humbled to get that kind of support. Now I’ve just got to work as hard as I can to deserve all the confidence the voters have shown in me tonight.” Pospisil earned 1,727 votes, in complete but unofficial balloting. She was the top vote-getter in ail six of the city’s election boxes. Her opponent, Jason Dias, owner of a social-media consulting company, had 723 votes, or 30 percent. The new mayor said she thought the difference was her supporters. “I had so many supporters who put out signs and helped get the word out about me. They were just tremendous.” Pospisil said she’s ready to roll up her sleeves and get to work. See MAYOR, Page 9A Pospisil RESULTS ■ Gale Pospisil, 1,727 Early voting: 1,089 District 1:21 District 2:138 District 3:228 District 4:181 District 5:41 District 6:61 ■ Jason Dias, 723 Early voting: 389 (mail in 6) District 1:16 District 2:105 District 3:61 District 4:73 District 5:33 District 6: 40 ABOVE: Mayor-elect Gale Pospisil gets a hug from City Councilor Richard Zapata at a party celebrating her unofficial win. LEFT: Cynthia Jaqua, right, of the Comal County Clerk's elections division and Risa Meneley tape voting results to a wall inside Comal County Courthouse Annex on Saturday. City voter turnout way behind previous tallies By Greg Bowen The Herald-Zeitung Voter turnout in Saturday's New Braunfels city election totaled 2,450, a showing 31 percent below the average vote count of3,566 in the mayoral races of the previous 10 years. The turnout represented 7 percent of the 33,002 registered voters in the city, a paltry turnout when compared to the city’s three previous mayoral campaigns. By comparison, in 2005, when Bruce Boyer defeated Adam Cork to become mayor of New Braunfels, 4,358 votes were cast and 14.77 percent of the registered voters turned out. In 2002, 3,245 registered voters (11.8 percent) cast ballots when Cork defeated Burke Harrison. In 1999, turnout was 3,094 when Stoney Williams beat Robert Kendrick to become mayor. That turnout amounted to 13.7 percent of the city’s registered voters. According to figures from elections officials in Comal and Guadalupe counties, New Braunfels, which lies in both counties, has 27,937 registered voters in Comal and 5,065 in Guadalupe. Miranda RESULTS ■ Bryan Miranda, 139 Early voting: 76 (mail in 3) ■ Beverly Nuckols, 76 Early voting: 54 (mail in 1) Miranda wins D5 council By Greg Bowen The Herald-Zeitung Bryan Miranda captured 65 percent of the vote Saturday to win a seat on New Braunfels City Council. Voters in District 5, which is in east-central New Braunfels and includes the Comal Town and Schlitterbahn areas, elected Miranda with 139 votes. His opponent, Beverly Nuckols, a physician, captured 76 votes, or 35 percent of the 215 total votes cast in District 5. Vote totals were complete but unofficial. See MIRANDA, Page 6A NBPD gets civil service By Dalondo Moultrie The Herald-Zeitung By a .5 percent margin, vot-ers on Saturday RESULTS approved a civil BVes , 238 service system Ear|y votin9: for the New 772 Braunfels Police District 1:11 Department. District 2:89 The ballot District 3:159 measure passed ¡j!s5r!c! JJ7 by 26 votes — 1,238 in favor District 5: 56 District 6:59 „ .    ,    ■ No, 1212 and    1,212 Early voting: opposed.    772 (maii in 8) By contrast, in District 1:16 May 2006, voters District 2:89 approved a civil District 3:159 service ballot District 4:107 measure for the [¡istr|ct J ?3 New Braunfels lstr,ct6 43 Fire Department by a two-to-one margin, with 1,677 voting in favor and 794 opposed. See NBPD, Page 9A By Will Wright The Herald-Zeitung Comal Education Foundation will onor two outstanding alumni and jniors from each of Comal Inde-endent School District's three high :hools during the annual Jan Heck-ndom Academic Recognition Ban-uet at 7 p.m. Hiesday at McKenna vents Center. Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Jenifer Saunders, a 1971 Canyon High raduate, and STARRY Inc, execu-ve director Jillian Hurst Tappan, a 000 Smithson Valley alum, will ACADEMIC BANQUET When: 7 p.m. Tuesday Where: McKenna Events Center, New Braunfels You should know: Justice of the Peace Jennifer Saunders and STARRY executive director Jillian Hurst Tappan will be honored by Comal Education Foundation each receive the 2011 Comal ISD Outstanding Graduate Award. Both recipients were nominated by community members in recognition of their achievements since graduation. They will receive a specially designed acrylic award and be honored with a photo plaque that will hang in their school's Wall of Honor. Saunders’ service to Comal County began as Precinct 4 Court Clerk, a position she held for more than 20 years. Since her election as Justice of the Peace in 2002, she has mentored numerous students who have come through her court with truancy challenges. While at Canyon High, Saunders was named homecoming queen, FFA District Sweetheart and was a member of the National Honor Society. Jennifer has been married for four decades to Robert “Jiggs” Saunders, and they have a son, Stryker. Tappan has been with STARRY Inc., a nonprofit agency that provides services to Central Texas children and families through counseling, emergency shelter, mentoring and foster care, for the past five years. She and husband Brandon are the parents of two children, Branson and Aubrie. At Smithson Valley High, Tappan graduated seventh in her class and See HONORS, Page 9A Vol. 158, No. 159 28 pages, 4 sections Inside CLASSIFIEDS COMICS CROSSWORD FORUM OBITUARIES PLANNER SPORTS TV GRID CLICK 1D SC SC 4A 3A 2C 1B SD si Beautiful High Low 80 55 Details 10A a '"'56825 00002    8 OJ0 arcoiPONS ;