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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 30, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY OCTOBER 30 2003 SPORTS WINNING WOODCHICK Matt Woodchick helps Trinity Tigers keep winning tradition alive Page 5A F 11 FOR AM 78fi Ml 1000571 SOUTHUKT HTCRQPtlDI TSHFRS 2627 E YftNDfLL Df EL PASO 799ft1 Is and Comal County since 1862 MOLLY IVINS Good public relations can work wonders but it wont fix the Bush administrations postwar problems Page 4A CLICK www 8 1 cloudy High Low 82 67 Details 1B DEARABBY CLASSIFIEDS COMICS ctfbsswoflb FORUM APPLAUSE SPORTS TV GRIDS CEO Scooter Stores Houston sales fell Doug Harrison By Ron Maloney Staff Scooter Store Chief Executive Officer Doug Harrison said his company contacted federal offi cials earlier this year asking them to look into smaller com petitors business practices TUesday Harrison said the FBI is investigating his own busi ness While Medicare claims for motorized wheelchairs and mobilityscooters exponentially increased in Houston in recent years Harrison said the Scooter Stores share of the market had actually declined We became aware of what was going on in Houston in March or April1 Harrison said The motorized wheelchair business in Houston about 150 miles from here grew from 300 units a month to a month during the last year or so Harrison said Our share of the 300 units went down Weve been strug gling to learn what was going Harrison said There were people doing blatantly criminal things But not here We do things by the rules We make sure we never file a false claim It goes against what we believe The Scooter Store in just 15 years has been a story of busi ness success It grew from a two person operation Harrison founded with his wife Susan na into one of this countys most important employers But that is only part of the pic ture Today the Scooter Store has offices in more than 40 See HARRISON Page 3A FRONT and CENTER Swelling college costs limiting students choices DAVID Cruz Rosa Zavala cleans off the Opa map Wednesday at the Landa Drive entrance to the Wurstfest grounds in prepara tion for the opening of the sausage festival Friday Zavala has worked the festival for 34 years WURSTFEST 2003 Forum Find family fun at Wurstfest 4A Daily Planner Wufstfest offers families a safe trickortreating environment 1B Coupon Clip this coupon and pet a get free admission with one paid ticket WURSTEVER Annual celebration of German heritage kicks off Friday By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The Wurst is yet to come but officials Were busy Wednes day preparing for this citys 43rd annual signature sausage and fundraising festival Herb Skoog director of Wurst Relations said everything is oh track for Fridays opening of what is anticipated to be the bestever rendition ofWurstfeist The annual IQday homage to heritage and history opens at 4 Friday with a concert in Wursthalle by the Comal Community Band The music is followed at 5 with the annual opening ceremonies that include the tra ditional biting of the Were excited about this years Skoog said The bars are being stocked the coolers are checked out and the grounds are being spruced up Concessionaires are putting finishing touches on their booths Some are being touched up and some have been com pletely he said Tents were up tables and chairs were being set up and everything is on track for the anticipated opening The carnival rides are set up on the grounds and being spruced up Skoog said Several area nonprofit char itable or service organizations raise money during Wurstfest which provides a million boost to the local economy each year This is the lost of a series about the college application process academic prepara tion in high school and financial resources required From Staff and Wire Reports More high school graduates are staying closer to home or choosing community colleges to begin their college careers One major consideration limiting high school seniors is money The average cost of attending public universities is this school year Private institutions cost an average of Texas University and University of TexasAustin might be at the top of the list they might not be the most practical choices monetarily said Donna Leifeste New Braunfels High School counselor Many local students get financial aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form she said FAFSA is a universal financial aid form which offers federal grants and loans based on income of students and their parents College is a major expense like a car or home which often requires a loan said Sharon Strickland NBHS counselor Loan interest is low usually 4 or 5 percent Leifeste said Local high schools will host workshops in the next few months to show students how to fill out the FAFSA form Canyon High School will host a Mak ing it Count financial aid workshop at Nov 17 Dec 9 and Jan The first step is filling out the said Stephanie Babyak spokesperson for Education Department Federal financial aid is based on a combination of factors which include financial need and cost of Students with lower income and high er tuition rates receive more aid Rising costs and plummeting invest ments have forced some states to suspend See COLLEGE Page 3A TOUGH CHOICES Preparing lor College Some students are unsure Some ore undaunted COLLEGE COSTS Texas resident costs for 15 hours per semester for 2003 04 school year B Texas Tuition and fees books and supplies room and board transportation personal expenses total TSUSan Marcos Tuition and fees books and supplies room and board transportation personal expenses UT Austin Tuition and fees books and supplies room and board transportation personal expenses total UTSA Tuition and fees books and supplies room and board transportation personal expenses total Source Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board TRICKORTREAr SAFETY TIPS djen under age n go oyt alon Halloween wont be a treat without safety in mind cjlder children iy Ron Matoney itaff Writer SKmfKff I tew enforcement ciaJly aware and prepared for ant Kblbe said Also people often have things small children runnmg out in Wilson said children should in yards that kids can trip over the Knlhe said An qajrry flashlights with fresh such as hoses or chairs Its batteries glow sticks or good to watch out for them the Kolbe safd An excited child out masks tf driving of fre vehicle on cialsreportHailoweencwibe pr batteries glow sticks or good to watch out for them V P W bwt its better to remove them ents if theviand their thilr should wear comfortable and make the yard safe for peakersorwaJkingshoesand peppTwhowalkthiouS canbestensuresafetyorttoe be sure costumes are short wwp WWRW they doirt trip on lSWents who welcome Thev should also be should turn Aether mpprjanj issue is out frem between vehicles wusonsaia testeyawiyfrein open fires run in the street A gowJ ttuag w tot go Pfople wrw out femes priPindtes f across the street or from W8lde wtere house Wilson sgjd SAFETY Psge 3A seme safety rules sure they wear some ttog reflective SP 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