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Jonesboro, AR -- Gia Hill Reports

Gas Tanks Full...Wallets Empty for Holiday Weekend

July 1, 2006 -- 1:00 PM CDT

JONESBORO, AR -- Arkansans felt the heat this holiday weekend, and not just with the hot weather, but with the high gas prices.  

"I was actually driving down the road, and I said, 'boy look at that it's 4th of July, and they're already raising gas prices,'" said Blake Nichols of Jonesboro.  

According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), gas prices in Arkansas are about 60 cents more than they were this time last year.  

Patty Minga of Jonesboro said that she was frustrated with the prices.

"I hate 'em, I hate 'em," she said.  "They fluctuate from day to day...from morning to night, and it's ridiculous," she added.    

Nichols said that the steep prices have put a limit on what he's able to do during the holiday weekend.

"We're not going out of town," he said.  "It's too expensive to go out of town, but we're just going somewhere close to have fun."    

Jim Baker of Jonesboro didn't let the spike at the pump limit his fun.  Although it costs him $60 to fill up his truck, he and his wife were headed to St. Louis, Mo., to a Cardinals game.

"I had plans...bought tickets two months ago to go see a ball game," said Baker.  "When you buy tickets, what are you going to do?  You just gotta pay the price and go," he said.   

He paid the price, but said he won't bring back any souvenirs.

"So I don't get to buy a T-shirt, but I still get to see the ball game...I mean that's just the way it is."     

The price of regular unleaded was about $2.75 at one local service station.  Motorists were out filling up their gas tanks and feeling the pinch at the pump as well.

"It takes a chunk," said Baker.  "I don't believe in riding in the little compact cars.  I like to ride big and comfortable, and you gotta pay for it."     

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