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Gas prices inch up in area

The pinch at the pump is back as experts report the average price of a gallon of gas in Alabama has been climbing since the July 4 holiday, and is now at its highest point since early April.

Prices around Andalusia range between $3.33 and $3.35 per gallon for regular unleaded, $3.60 for mid-grade and $3.90 for premium, while diesel sits at $3.75 per gallon.

Before the climb seen over the past two weeks, prices had been near their lowest point in 2013. But if this year is anything like last year consumers may be in for a few rough weeks at the pump.

Between July and September in 2012, the price of a gallon of gas spiked by more than 60 cents, according to data charted by Alabamagasprices.com.

When questioned if rising gas prices were impacting summer vacation plans, Star-News Facebook friends were quite vocal.

Juanita Stanley claimed that residents could hardly pay for medicine, let alone gas.

Ron Adams said, “No vacation; no spending money either.”

Riley Short said gas was cheaper in Andalusia than in Dothan.

“I prefer our $3.33 to $3.39 in Dothan,” she said.