with additional reporting by Pam Schehl
MOUNT VERNON — Motorists around Knox County were taking advantage of some lower fuel prices at the gas pump Friday afternoon. Prices at 2:30 p.m. were reading $3.29 per gallon at Kroger and Hot Rod’s Marathon on Coshocton Avenue. Other locations in Mount Vernon were reading as high as $3.49.
Elsewhere around Knox County, prices were as low as $3.44 per gallon in Centerburg, $3.49 in Utica, $3.52 in Fredericktown and $3.39 in Danville.
Wayne Bradley, owner of the Centerburg Shell station, said the reason for the sudden drop is the opening of two refineries in Indiana and Illinois which have started production flowing once again in the Midwest. “It was five states that got fuel from Chicago. They had to do maintenance on these two refineries, and it jumped the price up to $4 per gallon,” said Bradley. “Supply is leveling off now and we’re getting in line with the rest of the country.” He expects prices to possibly drop even more. “The nice thing is we’re producing oil in this country,” he said.
Purchasing fuel at Kroger for $3.29 on Friday afternoon was Roxanne Pifer, who waited in line for 10 minutes to purchase gasoline. “I work in Newark and I need to fill up here,” said Pifer. “I pulled in to take advantage of the drop in price.”
Choosing to routinely purchase his gasoline at Kroger was Gerald DeWitt, who said he likes the idea of lower prices and was looking forward to saving even more money with his Kroger Plus fuel rewards card.
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