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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 30, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas SPORTS WINNING WOODCHICK Matt Woodchick helps Trinity Tigers keep winning tradition alive. Page SA THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2003 1,2003 n- AfttunG KNKXKXKKfcKMKKtf HH FOR HIX 780 KOI 1000571 05/16/0 SOU WST HM. ftOF UDt I SHE PS 2627 E: YftNDr Ii. DR EL PASO TX 79903 ll I Ii I t i I I i Mf I I < I I I I I MOLLY IVINS Good public relations can work wonders, but it won t fix the Bush administration's post-war problems. Page 4A is and Comal County since 1852 CL avions 500 www: ■56825 00001 V* ™ Mostly 3B DEAR ABBY CLASSIFIEDS COMICS    2B CROSSWORD    2B FORUM    4A APPLAUSE    4B SPORTS    5-6A TV GRIDS    3BCEO: Scooter Store’s Houston sales fell By Hon Maloney Staff Writer Scooter Store Chief Executive Officer Doug Harrison said his company contacted federal officials earlier this year, asking them to look into smaller competitors' business practices. Tuesday, Harrison said the FBI is investigating his own business. While Medicare claims for motorized wheelchairs and mobility scooters exponentially increased in Houston in recent years, Harrison said the Scooter Store's share of the market had actually declined. “We became aware of what was going on in Houston in March or April,” Harrison said. The motorized wheelchair business in Houston — about 150 miles from here — grew from 300 units a month to 5,000 a month during the last year or so, Harrison said. “Our share of the 300 units went down. We’ve been strug gling to learn what was going on,” 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 in." 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, Susanna, into one of this county’s most important employers. But that is only part of the picture. Today, the Scooter Store has offices in more than 40 See HARRISON, Page 3A Doug Harrison FRONTand Center Swelling college costs limiting student’s choices Some MudrntN are unsun Some are undaunted. COLLEGE COSTS Texas resident costs for 15 hours per semester for 2003-04 school year G Texas AEM Tuition and fees $5,034; books and supplies. $830; room and board. $5,894, transportation. $560. personal expenses. $1,575, total. $13,893 R TSOSan Marco* Tuition and fees. $4.180, books and supplies. $950; room and board. $6,700. transportation, $1,170. personal expenses. $1,840. total. $14,840 i UT Austin Tuition and tees, $4,188, books and supplies. $748; room and board. $7,590. transportation $774, personal expenses. $2,024; total. $15,324 ■ UTSA Tuition and fees. $4,284; books and supplies, $1,000, room and board, $6,393; transportation, $2,085. personal expenses. $2,131. total. $15,893 Source Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board This is the last of a series about the college application process, academic preparation 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 $13,709 this school year. Private institutions cost an average of $20,761. Although Texas A&M University and University of Texas-Austin 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 “Making it Count” financial aid workshop at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 17, Dec. 9 and Jan. 1,2004. “The first step is filling out the FAFSA," said Stephanie Babyak, spokesperson for U.S. Education Department. “Federal financial aid is based on a combination of factors, which include financial need and cost of education.” Students with lower income and higher tuition rates receive more aid. Rising costs and plummeting investments have forced some states to suspend See COLLINI. Page 3A DAVID IMGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Cruz Rosa Zavala cleans off the Opa map Wednesday at the Landa Drive entrance to the Wurstfest grounds in preparation for the opening of the sausage festival Friday. Zavala has worked the festival for 34 years. WURST-EVER Annual celebration of German heritage kicks off Friday WURSTFEST 2003 N Forum: Find family fun at Wurstfest 4A N Doily Planner: Wurstfest offers families a safe trick-or-treating environment. IB N Coupon: Clip this coupon and get a get free admission with one paid ticket Nov. 2-5. 2A By Ron Moloney Staff Writer The “Wurst” is yet to come, but officials were busy Wednesday preparing for this city's 43rd annual signature sausage and fund-raising festival. Herb Skoog, director of Wurst Relations, said everything is on track for Friday's opening of what is anticipated to be the best-ever rendition ofWtirstfest. The annual 10-day homage to heritage and history opens at 4 p.m. Friday with a concert in Wursthalle by the Comal Community Band. The music is followed at 5 p.m. with the annual opening ceremonies that include the traditional “biting of the sausages.” “We’re excited about this year’s activities,” 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 completely remodeled,” 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, too,” Skoog said. Several area nonprofit, charitable or service organizations raise money during Wurstfest, which provides a $6 million boost to the local economy each year. TRICK-OR-TREAT** I SAFETY TIPS B Never let children under age 12 go out alone. B Set a time for older children to be home — and know what route they are taking. R Use face paint instead of masks. B lf driving children around, be sure they get out of the vehicle on the curb side, not the street side B Do not wear a mask while driving. Halloween won’t be a ‘treat’ without safety in mind By Ron Maloney Staff Waiter Local law enforcement officials report Halloween can be a lot less frightening for parents if they — and their chil-, dren — follow a few com-mon-sense safety rules. Comal County Sheriff's Office Crime Prevention Offi-cer Tim Kolbe and New Braunfels Police Sgt. David Wilson said all should keep safety in mind Friday evening. “People who are out driving around need to be espe cially aware and prepared for small children running out in the road," Kolbe said. “An excited child out trick-or-treating can easily get away from a parent.” Parents of the little ghouls can best ensure safety on the streets by making kids visible. “Be sure they wear something reflective, so they can be seen by traffic,” Kolbe said. Another important issue is to stay away from open fires, flames or candles. “You want to wear fire-resist ant costumes,” Kolbe said. Wilson said children should carry flashlights with fresh batteries, “glow sticks” or chemical light bracelets. They should wear comfortable sneakers or walking shoes and be sure costumes are short enough so they don’t trip on them. They should also be instructed to cross streets only at intersections and never run out from between vehicles. “Don’t run in the street, across the street or from house to house,” Wilson said. “Also, people often have things in yards that kids can trip over, such as hoses or chairs. It’s good to watch out for them, but it’s better to remove diem and make the yard safe for people who walk through there.” Residents who welcome trick-or-treaters should turn on outside lights. If the lights are off, the kids shouldn’t stop, Wilson said. “A good thing is don’t go inside a house where you See SANTY. 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