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JamesGas prices continue to surgeDespite price increase, gasoline is nearly $1.35 per gallon cheaper that it was a year agoPublished Thursday, May 28, 2009IRONTON — Filling the tank up is going to take a few more dollars.The price at the pump has zoomed up nearly 22 cents the past week to an average of about $2.46 per gallon in the Lawrence County market, according to AAA.Usually hitting its peak before Memorial Day, gas prices rocketed nearly 17 cents the Tuesday after the holiday.

Many stations within Ironton have gas priced at $2.65 for a gallon of regular, self-serve unleaded.According to the AAA Fuel Gauge, oil has hovered around $60 per barrel for several weeks with small changes in prices driven by the direction of the stock market and investor's attitudes on the global economy."The upward swing in oil prices, coupled with the unofficial kickoff of the summer driving season on Memorial Day has trickled down to retail gasoline prices," said Bevi Powell of AAA.

"Over the past month, retail gasoline prices have climbed nearly 40 cents."Despite the recent increase in prices, gasoline is nearly $1.35 per gallon cheaper than it was this time a year ago.

The average price for a gallon of self-serve unleaded in May 2008 was $4.02 a gallon.That difference though does not lessen the sting of filling up in a down economy when gas was listed at $1.49 a gallon in February."Here we go again," said Eileen Peters when filling up her Toyota Corolla at the Speedway in Coal Grove.

"It's amazing that gas can be 25 cents more one day than it was the day before."Tyson Williams has a different perspective on the increase â€" a perspective he said was born from the $4 per gallon gas he was stuck with last summer while filling up his Chevrolet Silverado."When gas was $4 a gallon, I adjusted my monthly spending budget for that price," Williams explained.

"But when the price dropped a lot during the winter, I never readjusted the price back from the $4.

Instead that ended up being savings to pay off a medical bill and a mini-vacation.Williams also added that he uses the Web sites or to find the lowest rates in the Tri-State area."Saving money is more important than ever now," Williams said.According to the Federal Trade Commission other gasoline savings suggestions are:• Buying gas before dawn or late at night, as most stations will raise prices during the day, especially during rush hour.• Make sure the price on the pump matches the price on the sign and be sure the gas pump stats at the $0 mark.• Avoid high speeds and quick starts.• Motorists can save up to 15 percent more fuel driving 60 mph than 75 mph plus using cruise control can save even more.• Keep idling to a minimum.

One minute of idling burns the same amount of fuel it takes to start the engine.• Make sure tire pressure is at the manufacturer's recommendation.

For every pound-per-inch under the tire is, a motorist loses one mile, per gallon, per fill-up.• Check the trunk to make sure the car is not carrying anything of substantial weight it doesn't need.• Joining a rebate club offers discounts on future gas purchases.• Some credit cards will give you a percentage back when you purchase certain brands of gas.WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE THIS STORY?CommentsPosted by bluemule (anonymous) on May 28, 2009 at 10:47 a.m.

(Suggest removal)"Here we go again" is right...people are driving less, using less gas, oil supplies are piling up, economy is in the tanks, no hurricane in sight, no real mideast tensions to raise the prices, but yet here we are with these daily increases.

There is always some lame excuse as to why prices are again rising, the only real reason is greed by the rich oil companies, and a president who won't act to do something about them....word to the wise(talking to you Obama) do something now or suffer the same fate as Bush and the Republican party.

The citizens of this country are sick and tired of being raped by these oil companies, we are in no mood to put up with daily increases in oil prices.

Any economic recovery will only occur with oil prices dropping back to below $1.00 a gallon.Posted by TeacherinOhio (anonymous) on May 28, 2009 at 10:56 a.m.

(Suggest removal)Amen!Posted by sugar08 (anonymous) on May 28, 2009 at 11:18 a.m.

(Suggest removal)It may be 1.35 cents cheaper than it was a year ago,it is still too much.

They think because it is cheaper that is alright like bluemule said to rape the American people.We have no say about anything that is being done to the American people and we are tired of it.

It is just like all these levys they want to put on us, it has to end somehow and somewhere.

How can we spend what we don't have.Posted by rooster1410 (anonymous) on May 28, 2009 at 1:47 p.m.

(Suggest removal)I just arrived home from Tampa yesterday.

The gas prices in the Tampa area are $2.25 per gallon.

Sure looks like the local stations here are making some serious money.Posted by Greg (anonymous) on May 28, 2009 at 3:45 p.m.

(Suggest removal)What about all that hope and change we heard about last fall?Posted by grover (anonymous) on May 28, 2009 at 3:46 p.m.

(Suggest removal)yeah.

who do we blame for the gas prices now that the scapegoat is out of the oval office?Posted by MasterChef (anonymous) on May 28, 2009 at 4:49 p.m.

(Suggest removal)Look, our oil companies and gas stations can't price independantly of OPEC and other price-setters.

Like everyone, I HATE gasoline prices.

But American companies know they have to play along or OPEC could put them out of business.

The only real area where dumya dropped the ball was in not sending this country on a massive search for renewable energy.Posted by kce (anonymous) on May 28, 2009 at 5:40 p.m.

(Suggest removal)I recommend we purchase our gasoline from the lowest seller.

Here is a link which shows a map of the area around Ironton (both sides of the river) and covers a lot of fueling locations.

I happen to know that over on Greenup Ave.

in Ashland towards the east end, between the hours of 5:00PM and 7:00PM daily M-F you can get even better reductions at the BP station.Reward the one who's got the lowest prices and the rest will be forced to drop theirs down. by darrell088 (anonymous) on May 29, 2009 at 1:33 a.m.

(Suggest removal)maybe its time for another bail out thats the only way they tried to fix things now for almost a year gas price go up people lose thier job thier home what does gov.

do bail out the rich so the stay rich and we pay for it which just lost their home and thier job so this is the american dream that we been told about since we were kids i dont thinks is a dream its more like a nightmarePosted by sugar08 (anonymous) on May 29, 2009 at 7:22 a.m.

(Suggest removal)This country has turned their backs on GOD and he will let it go just so long.

Until this country comes back to him it will never get any better.Post a comment (Terms of Use Policy)(Requires free registration.)Username: Password: (Forgotten your password?)Comment:
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