by Don Jovich
The high gasoline prices at the pumps are making waves with many Portage County drivers who don't see any relief in sight.
On May 22, motorists saw the average price for a gallon of gas go up from a range of about $3.01 to $3.09 in the morning to as high as $3.49 by rush hour.
The week before, the average price for regular gas was around $3.09 per gallon.
In Ravenna, the Marathon, Sheetz and Sunoco stations were all priced at $3.39 per gallon late on May 22. The Circle K station on West Main Street was selling gas for $3.49, although it dropped to $3.39 by even-ing.
"The prices are getting to be too high," said Rootstown resident Dave Watkins. "These oil companies are seeing huge profits and the price for gasoline is not market-driven."
Watkins said commuting to his job in Akron each day is now costing him even more money. "But there's no way around it," he said.
In Kent, only the BP service station on Route 59 had a slightly lower price of $3.37.
Ryan Hubbard, owner of RH Tree Customizing and Landscaping in Kent, said he is now spending upward of $1,000 per month in gasoline to keep his four trucks on the road.
"These prices are too high," he said. "It's sad."
With the start of the peak driving season right around the corner, Ohio motorists are shuttering to think of how high gas prices might go.
"I think the prices will reach $4 per gallon," said Cuyahoga County resident Al Franklin. "It's excessive."
Franklin, who was fishing at West Branch State Park on May 22, said he feels like he's being taken advantage of.
"It's a shame," he said. "But there's nothing we can do about it."
Editor's note: Jovich is a reporter for the Record-Courier.