Staff report

Rising gasoline prices have been commensurate with rising tensions in the Middle East. Most stations in Thomasville are charging at least $1.58 per gallon for regular, up about 20 cents from a couple of months ago.

Gas prices spiked to an average of $1.68 per gallon nationally this week. That is an increase of three cents over last week and 54 cents higher than a year ago.

According to the U.S. Energy Department, gas prices are expected to continue to spiral upward and reach a record national average of $1.76 per gallon in April. People in many parts of the country are already paying more than $2 per gallon. Some stations in Sacramento, Calif., are charging $2.84.

The Times-Enterprise will help readers combat high gas prices by publishing the price and location of the cheapest gas in town starting next week in a feature called "Price Patrol." Station owners or readers are welcome to call 226-2400 to keep us informed. The information will be published daily on the front page under "Price Patrol."

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