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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

August 22, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - While gas prices remain about a dollar more than they were a year ago, they're down about fifty cents in the Albany area in just a month.

Event better news? Diesel prices have dropped even more.

Would you consider $3.59 cheap? "Compared to the last few weeks? Yes, yes. I've been paying $3.90, $3.95, $4.05 at one point," said a driver we spoke to.

While cheap may be a relative term, it's hard to imagine anyone would object to seeing prices on the decline.

"I'm glad it's going down. Hope it keeps going down."

"I'm ecstatic, I am."

Though Brandon Bateman says Albany really just got what was coming to it. "I think it was a downward trend that was coming for the past 2, 3, 4 weeks and if you notice, Albany has been higher than anywhere in the state of Georgia for the past three weeks, so I think Albany just finally caught up with everybody else."

And as far as diesel, Albany may be ahead of the curve. At least at this gas station. It finally dipped below the four dollar mark. That's the lowest truck driver Phil Bennett has seen in months. "This is the lowest so far."

A big relief to driver Adam Cox who is buying his own truck and going out on his own. "That relieves a lot of pressure, but they still need to go down a lot more."

The current average for a gallon of gas in Georgia right now is $3.60. The average for diesel is $4.25, so Albany is well below the average.

But a year ago, we were paying $2.67 for a gallon of gas, $2.84 for diesel.

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