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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 24, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas ■ SPORTS. 8UCI backs Armstrong in doping inquiry ■ WEEKEND CRIME, 2Man says he saw body in river; divers find his keys ■ MOST WANTED, 11$200 Reward: Comal County's 10 Most Wanted TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011Zeitung Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. 500Rescuers race to find survivors of Mo. tornado By Alan Scher Zagier and Jim Salter Associated Press JOPLIN, Mo. — Rescue crews dug through piles of splintered houses and crushed cars Monday in a search for victims of a half-mile-wide tornado that killed at least 116 people when it blasted much of this Missouri town off the map and slammed straight into its hospital. It was the nation's deadliest single twister in nearly 60 years ■ PATH OF DESTRUCTION: Look inside for a map of the path the Joplin, Mo., tornado took. Page 7 and the second major tornado disaster in less than a month. Authorities feared the toll could rise as the full scope of the destruction comes into view: house after house reduced to slabs, cars crushed like soda cans, shaken residents roaming streets in search of missing family members. And the danger was by no means over. Fires from gas leaks burned across town, and more violent weather loomed, including the threat of hail, high winds and even more tornadoes. At daybreak, the city's south side emerged from darkness as a barren, smoky wasteland. "I've never seen such devastation — just block upon block upon block of homes just completely gone," said former state legislator Gary Burton who showed up to help at a volunteer center at Missouri Southern State University. Unlike the multiple storms that killed more than 300 people last month across the South, Joplin was smashed by just one exceptionally powerful tornado. Not since a June 1953 tornado in Flint, Mich., had a single twister been so deadly. That storm also killed 116, according to the National Weather Service. See TORNADO, Page 7 Inside Mo. hospital, a mix of chaos and bravery By Kurt Voigt Associated Press JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Jonathan Elliott had heard the tornado sirens blaring outside St. John’s Regional Medical Center for about a half-hour when things suddenly took a terrifying turn. The building started shaking, the lights began to flicker and 16-year-old Elliott could feel the wind See HOSPITAL, Page 7 NB CITY COUNCIL MEETING LED BY NEW MAYOR GALE POSPISIL Power changes hands on council By Greg Bowen The Herald-Zeitung In moving ceremonies, a promising new mayor and city councilman were sworn into office Monday as a respected two-term mayor and councilwoman said their goodbyes. Her hand on an old family Bible, new Mayor Gale Pospisil, with husband Vladimir by her side, took the oath of office as administered by former Judge Ron Zipp, who had married the Pospisils 27 years ago. After the swearing-in, outgoing Mayor Bruce Boyer literally gave up his seat on city council to Pospisil. “Does it fit?” he asked, as he helped her into the mayoral chair. “It’s great. Thank you, sir,” she responded. Pospisil later read a resolution thanking Boyer for his distinguished service to the community. “It’s been a privilege and an honor,” Boyer said. “It’s the great spirit of the folks who live here that makes our town the best there is.” New District 5 City Councilor Bryan Miranda asked that Boyer swear him into office. After swearing to "preserve, protect and defend,” Miranda, surrounded by members of his family, thanked his wife and children for “putting up with all a campaign has to offer.” “I’m looking forward to serving on council and doing what’s best for our city,” Miranda said. Outgoing District 5 Councilwoman and Mayor Pro Tern Kathleen Krueger said she was happy to see Miranda take the District 5 seat. “This is a man of quality and of great character,” said Krueger, who also praised new Mayor Pospisil. See SWORN, Page 5 LAURA McKENZIE/Herald-Zeitung Ron Zipp, left, administers the oath of office to Mayor Gale Pospisil as her husband, Vladimir, holds the Bible on Monday evening at City Hall. Council says no to proposed tuber s entrance By Greg Bowen The Herald-Zeitung Citing potential tuber overload, too little on-site parking, and possible impacts on the adjacent neighborhood, the New Braunfels City Council let the air out of a proposal to open a new Comal River tubers’ entrance just off East San Antonio Street. In what was the first request for a special-use permit for a new tuber entrance since the permit requirement was instituted in 2006, Comal River Toobs approached council Monday seeking a permit to open a tubers’ entrance at 444 E. San Antonio St., across the Comal River from Schlitterbahn. The tube rental and shuttle company argued that the new tuber entry could relieve some tuber congestion at the Prince Solms Park tuber entrance upriver and give tubers the opportunity to enter the river below the Tube Chute at Stinky Falls, which can be potentially unsafe. City Planning Director Shannon Mattingly recommended denial of the permit for reasons of congestion and lack of parking. Councilor Sandy Nolte noted that the company has 500 tubes for rent at the location, but only 146 parking spaces. “That doesn’t meet city ordinance,” Nolte said. “(Their customers) will be going into our residential neighborhoods to park.” Councilor Richard Zapata worried LAURA McKENZIE/Herald-Zeitung Bryan Miranda, right, is sworn into office as the City Councilor of District 5 by outgoing Mayor Bruce Boyer on Monday. that the new entrance/exit might increase tuber foot traffic in the area as well because some tubers would likely want to shoot the exciting whitewater of the T\ibe Chute, then exit at the proposed new site and go back to shoot the T\ibe Chute again. The question also arose about whether Comal River Toobs was complying with city rules regarding shuttle seat permits. The firm said it was leasing shuttles from other tubing companies, giving it 85 permitted seats. But councilors Marie Goodnet and Zapata said there isn’t supposed to be a secondary lease market of shuttle seat permits. Additionally, council balked at issuing a permit that would stay with the property despite a change of operator at the site. Council liked the current operator’s no-alcohol, family-oriented business plan, but was concerned that the permit would pass on to another operator who didn’t have those same ideas. See COUNCIL, Page 5 ► LOCAL GRADUATIONS Hats will fly this week for area seniors Comal County public schools graduating the Class of 2011 By Will Wright The Herald-Zeitung High school graduations are the reward for years of hard work — and for work that’s yet to come. After this week, Comal County seniors will be off to college, work, even the military. However, the memories of their graduation ceremonies will remain with them for the rest of their lives. All four Comal County public school graduation rites will be held at Texas State University’s Strahan Coliseum. New Braunfels will graduate its high school and School of Choice candidates there at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Canyon High School, Smithson Valley and Canyon Lake will graduate their classes beginning at 9 a.m., I p.m. and 5 p.m. respectively on Saturday. This week is also the final week of school for all other students, whose school years wrap up on Friday. On Thursday in Comal Independent School District, elementary students will be released at 2:45 p.m. and secondary students will be released at 1 p.m. On Friday, elementary students will be released at 1:15 p.m. and secondary students will be released at 11:30 a.m. In New Braunfels 1SD, all students will be released one and a half hours early on Friday. Here is the graduation/examination schedule for schools this week: NEW BRAUNFELS — All seniors have completed exams. 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