Area gas stations subpoenaed

mint-hill-quik-chek-locust.jpgAttorney General Roy Cooper sent subpoenas to seven gasoline retailers on Monday, some of whom were reportedly charging as much as $5.49 a gallon for regular gas on Friday. Cooper said retailers will have 10 days to explain why their prices were so high. The Quik Chek stations in Troy, Oakboro and Locust were included in the first round of subpoenas.

Mary Tyler of Midland said her brother called her about the possible gas shortage Friday morning. “He called me at work and said I’d better get some gas in my car. I got to the Hess Station and had to wait 30 minutes for gas.”

This story appeared courtesy of The Weekly Post, a community newspaper based in Locust covering west Stanly County.

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Independence ejection free in 2007-2008

The NCHSAA released its list of ejection-free athletic programs for the 2007-2008 school year, and Independence High was one of 125 member schools to achieve the status. The Patriots are joined by East Meck as the only two teams in the Southwestern 4A conference to go the whole year without an ejection. Every ejection-free program will be recognized during the next two weeks at the NCHSAA’s regional meetings. The association meets today in Charlotte. The highest number of ejection-free programs is 202 during 2006-2007.

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Gasoline supply expected to rise

[singlepic=144,320,240,,left]AAA Carolinas expects availability of gasoline to rise throughout the Carolinas. Gasoline prices hit record highs in the region as a reaction to the threat of Hurricane Ike, which struck the coast of Texas, including Houston, Saturday morning.

“It’s important for motorists to continue to exercise restraint and only fill up their vehicles when necessary – when they have less than ¼ tank of gas – for the next several days,” said David Parsons, president and CEO of AAA Carolinas. “Avoid panic pumping.”

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