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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Myrick’s for electric and hydrogen powered cars

It wasn’t long ago you couldn’t find a Republican who publicly supported electric or hydrogen powered cars. Not so any more. From John McCain down the line, Republicans openly support alternative energy sources and believe the U.S. needs to wean itself off oil. Sue Myrick’s press release today:

I applaud the Governor for pledging to use anti-gouging laws to protect consumers and the EPA’s quick action to temporarily waive federal gas standards to prevent further price increases.”
“It is times like these that illustrate why we need to wean ourselves off our addiction to oil. A hurricane won’t spike the price of Hydrogen or an electric powered car now, would it?
Representative Sue Myrick (NC-09)

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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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AAA says no to fill ups, Mint Hill drivers say yes

gas-pump.jpgDavid Parsons, President and CEO of AAA Carolinas tells drivers to not fill up as a result of Hurricane Ike barreling down on Texas.

“The worst thing that could happen would be for motorists to flock to gas stations to top off their tanks,” Parsons said. “That will worsen the situation before anyone knows what the damage will be.”

Mint Hill drivers, like a lot of motorists nationwide, didn’t want to take that chance. James Bolick, manager at Earps on N.C. 218, said his gas station was busy this morning with people waiting to fill their tanks. Continue reading

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