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Gas prices on the rise

Posted Wednesday, March 17, 2010, at 9:23 AM

When I need to get gas, I have to confess, I often don't even look at the price. I know I need it and I'm going to have to pay for it no matter what it costs.

But I remember my grandpa, who after living through the great depression, paid attention to every penny. He could always tell you which station in town had the cheapest gas and how many cents per gallon you'd save.

Average gasoline prices in Missouri rose 2.5 cents last week averaging $2.60 per gallon, according to a news release from www.MissouriGasPrices.com. Prices today are 82.5 cents per gallon higher than this time last year in Missouri and 24 cents higher than last month.

Does this mean a steady climb as we approach the summer travel season?? Only time will tell.

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-- Posted by slynch on Wed, Mar 17, 2010, at 12:56 PM

just don't get it by the highway and you are fine.

Also it isn't just summer driving season, its the economy. Numbers are leveling off (or getting slightly better) so naturally oil use will increase.

-- Posted by futile_rant on Thu, Mar 18, 2010, at 9:12 AM

Wow the Missourian really got there moneys worth on this biz reporter, she just broke a story that gas prices are rising. I was just blown away by this story it looks like we are stuck with another award winning biz reporter. Can we please have some real business news or is this going to be more of the same crap reporting like we got from the last two guys. I read on another post Cedar street is closing which has been open since I was a kid and nothing more mentioned about it. I am sure everyone on here just cant wait to hear about gas prices going up and calorie counts but I prefer real local business news.

-- Posted by macbig on Thu, Mar 18, 2010, at 5:57 PM

If you really want to do your job, ask Rhodes why they pick up the gas for their various stations at the same terminal, and then charge different prices at the different stores, sometimes in the same town. Surprisingly, the price charged is almost always the same as the price charged at the competitor. Merely an example, and not representative of today's prices, but here's something to think about: Rhodes gas in Jackson: $2.49, like everyone else. Rhodes gas in Cape, same day, $2.56, like everyone else. Rhodes gas in Sikeston, same day, $2.47, like everyone else.

32 ounce Coke at Rhodes, no matter where: 99 cents.

Explain that, please.

-- Posted by Marion_Morrison on Thu, Mar 18, 2010, at 8:11 PM

As the temperatures climb, so will the gas prices. I check GasBuddy.com for the cheapest gas prices; it's usually Kidd's in Jackson across from Country Mart.

-- Posted by redpen on Thu, Mar 18, 2010, at 8:51 PM

Why is it cheaper for Rhodes to haul gas all the way to Jackson than to haul it to the stores closest to the gas terminal?

-- Posted by Marion_Morrison on Fri, Mar 19, 2010, at 5:29 AM

Another breaking news story from the SE Missourian.

-- Posted by matou on Fri, Mar 19, 2010, at 5:51 AM

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-- Posted by MelissaMiller on Fri, Mar 19, 2010, at 2:37 PM

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-- Posted by Marion_Morrison on Fri, Mar 19, 2010, at 10:05 PM

Cars don't suck. Well, sports cars don't, anyway. All Buicks & Oldmobiles suck, as do minivans & PT Cruisers.

I have to admit, I don't pay too much attn to gas prices. I have been curious as to why gas is always cheaper in Jackson, though...

-- Posted by Just__Me on Sat, Mar 20, 2010, at 3:01 PM

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Melissa Miller is business editor at The Southeast Missourian. A graduate of the University of Missouri Journalism School, she's worked as a reporter, photographer, editor and as the executive director of two not-for-profit organizations. After living in Michigan and then Indiana, she moved back to her hometown of Jackson, Mo. In addition to writing daily stories for The Southeast Missourian, Melissa coordinates editorial content each month for Business Today. Business Today is a monthly publication for southeast Missouri's business community. Monthly themes include health care, agriculture, women in business, technology and more. Business Today is direct mailed to business owner and managers throughout southeast Missouri and southern Illinois. Follow her updates on local business developments at www.twitter.com/semissourianbiz or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MelissaMillerSoutheastMissourian

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