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Gas prices rise in Selma

Hurricane Ike’s effects spread into the Selma gas market on Friday.

In a week that has seen steadily rising gas prices, prices jumped more than 20 cents on Friday, and consumers hit the pumps in an effort to fill up before the prices can skyrocket further.

Ironically, prices shot up on the 7-year anniversary of the day prices fell to record lows following price gouging triggered by the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York.

“I came by here earlier and it was $3.52 a gallon. Now it’s $3.75,” said Daniel Jordan, a customer at Vasser’s Mini-Mart on Dallas Ave. “I wanted to buy before it goes up higher.”

At $3.75, Vasser’s advertises the lowest price among Dallas Ave. gas stations. The rest showed $3.99.

“If had known it was cheaper somewhere else, I would’ve gone somewhere else,” said Debra King. “But usually they’re really cheap over here. Look across the street. It’s $3.99 over there.”

King saw Friday as her last opportunity to fill up her tank before prices soared out of control.

“I can go on this for a week and a half. In a week and a half it could jump another 25 cents,” she said. “Why in the world would I want to spend more if I don’t have to?”

Jeffrey Franks, another Vasser’s customer, also does not like the direction gas prices are headed.

“It’s not going to get any better I believe until the hurricane passes,” said Franks. “I think it’s going to get better, but they got us spoiled at $3.50 a gallon so I’ll be happy if it gets back down to that.”