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Gas prices soar in South Georgia

August 18, 2003

Tifton- If you've driven past the gas station lately you may have experienced sticker shock. The increased prices are even keeping some people off the roads.

"We try to stay in Tifton as much as possible. My work is right down the street, just two minutes from my house, so I thank God for that," admits Jennifer Mikeska.

But not everyone is so fortunate. It's still vacation season and that means more travelers at the pumps. But they say South Georgia gas prices are a bargain.

"I think $1.49, $1.44 was the last gas I paid for in Florida so $1.37 to me is pretty cheap," says Gary Laflame.

Drivers from Indiana and Michigan traveling through the state were happy to see prices so low.

"The price I thought was okay. It fine with me. It isn't France; it's quite a bit more in Europe," says Ryan Thompson, who is headed to Florida from Jasper, Indiana.

Some couldn't believe their eyes.

"I had to make sure it wasn't diesel or something and make sure I was paying the right price and pushing the right button. Yeah, it's definitely a relief $0.30 cheaper a gallon," laughs Chris Southwick, who stopped to fill up on his trip from Kalamazoo, Michigan.

But for those drivers who are still stunned by prices, just be glad you live in South Georgia.

Industry experts say gasoline prices could continue to rise through fall.

Posted at 5:40 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com

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