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The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral. 16-year old Keyanna Lang died from a heart condition. Due to her illness the family couldn't keep lifeMore >>
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral.More >>
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In its effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May, Dollar General will host a career fair at Dollar General located at 2017 N Slappey Blvd. in Albany, Ga. on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.More >>
The event is held as part of the major retailer's effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May...More >>
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A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer CoalitionMore >>
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer Coalition of Southwest Georgia.More >>
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Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months. About 2,000 workers at the Albany base will have to take up to 11 unpaid days off in the next fiscal year that startsMore >>
Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months.More >>
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The Rat Pack came back to Albany Friday night. Sinatra and Friends performed at Doublegate Country Club to raise money for the Albany Symphony Association. The guys who play the roles of Frank Sinatra,More >>
People danced the night away to Frank Sinatra tunes.More >>
September 30, 2005
Albany-- Georgia's getting a bad reputation among truck drivers. Drivers passing through the Peach State say we have some of the highest gas prices in the nation.
Trucks frequently travel highways like the expressway. If you want to know about gas prices these truck drivers are the best people to talk to. All you have to do is tune in on the CB radio to hear truckers tipping each other off on where to get the cheapest gas.
They shared with us what they're seeing at gas stations and how it will affect you. "It's going to shut down America because the truck drivers are the backbone of America transporting from east, west, north, and south," says Vic Matthews, a Texas truck driver. "The chatter on the CB has been, there's a lot of guys that are thinking of parking their trucks, they can't afford to operate."
Drivers say they're seeing differing prices across the nation, but some of the highest fuel prices are right here in the southeast. "I've seen it range from the middle of the country, say Oklahoma, $2.43 to in Northern Alabama yesterday $3.49 cents a gallon yesterday for diesel. Wildwood, Florida, $3.49 a gallon, I-75 in Wildwood."
They complain that they can't afford the increases and say it will eventually be the average citizen that pays. "Of course as fuel goes up our costs go up and that means the price of freight goes up and that means all of the commodities start to go up. So it affects everybody, even down to the average person."
Drivers fear the increases will continue with no end in sight. "That's just ridiculous, what happened to nobody's going to be price gouging, what happened to that?"
"Well drivers, I'm from Texas and I agree with you, I mean that's what we get when we have a President that's an oil man, the price is going to go up and it's just sickening to me," said Matthews.
Truck drivers say the highest prices they've seen were in Alabama where a gallon of diesel fuel reached $3.59.
Today, Georgia's Agriculture Commissioner signed a waiver allowing station to sell a winter blend of gasoline before November. What stations sell in the summer and spring costs a little more to buy and is harder to get. Allowing stations to sell the winter blend early will make more gasoline available and at cheaper prices.
Differing gas prices may not mean a station is price gouging. Major stations or branded gas like BP or Citgo in the last several days have been purchasing gas wholesale, for a lot cheaper than independent stations or unbranded stations. Today the difference is nearly 30 cents, but yesterday it was as much as a 50 cent difference. That allows those station to price their gas to motorists at a cheaper rate.
"Depending on when you take delivery on that product has a lot to do with cost because gas has been moving in increments of 15 to 40 cent a day," said Woodall's Co-owner, Wright Woodall.
Gas prices have been very volatile, especially in the last week because of the refinery situation with Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Prices are expected to remain above three dollars for several weeks.