BOSTON (January 2, 2019) - GasBuddy, the only company connecting drivers with their Perfect Pit Stop, today predicts that 2019 will feature a yearly national average of $2.70 per gallon, representing a 3 cent drop versus 2018, but warns that the national average could surge to over $3 per gallon as soon as May.
Some highlights from GasBuddy’s 2019 Fuel Price Outlook include:
• The nation’s yearly gasoline bill will fall to $386 billion dollars, a drop of $2.5 billion over last year as the average household sees their annual gasoline spending fall slightly to $1,991, down $25 from 2018.
• The national average is forecast to rise as much as $1 per gallon from a low in January to a possible peak in May, but economic jitters could weigh heavily on where gas prices go in 2019.
• Over 90% of the country’s largest metro areas are at risk for seeing average prices hit $3 per gallon, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.
• How accurate was GasBuddy’s 2018 Forecast? Assembled in late 2017, the forecast called for a yearly national average of $2.57 per gallon with a peak of $2.89 per gallon in April. 2018 ended with a yearly national average of $2.73 per gallon with a peak of $2.98 per gallon on May 24.
“While the bargain basement gas prices we’ve been seeing in areas across the country have been terrific and most welcomed, the party at the pump will likely wrap up in the next month or two, and prices will begin to rally as OPEC production cuts and a strong U.S. economy push gas prices back up. While the national average failed to hit $3 last year, we have an even stronger possibility of seeing that ugly possibility, which would push prices in some places from $1.99 today to over $3 this spring- which would be an impressive and shocking turnaround in just a few months,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. “One caveat however, that may have motorists unexpectedly spending less- is what happens in the White House. Should all the darkest realities come to fruition, it could lead to slow down in the economy and take gas prices right along with it. As goes the economy, as go gas prices in the year ahead. Buckle up for the extra volatility we’re going to see- it could be nauseating.”
For those making resolutions, GasBuddy suggests shopping around at the pump and driving less aggressively: the savings could add up to $477 per year, or roughly $10 per tank. In addition, motorists can use GasBuddy’s in-app Drives feature to help reduce their yearly fuel bill by showing them how their driving style stacks up.
Partnerships allowed the Pickens recreation department to redo their playground at Roper Park.
By Tucker Green
Roper Park goers will be pleased to see new playground equipment installed for the youth of Pickens County. The updated equipment was installed by Southeast Outdoors Solutions, a locally owned company. This project was financially made possible by the generosity of several local donors partnering with Pickens County Recreation Department. Southeast Outdoors Solutions (Michael and Karrie Poole) graciously donated roughly $13,000 and Pepsi Beverage Company out of Ellijay donated $5,000. The donations by those companies matched by PCRD budgeted funds purchased: a new playset and swing set.
Pickens residents Johnny and Pat Denney with their larger-than-life nutcrackers, which Johnny builds at his workshop. These nutcrackers bring joy to the Denneys and their family and friends during the holidays.
There’s almost nothing that evokes the holidays more than a nutcracker, those stately, colorful wooden men that, according to legend, protect homes and serve as messengers of good will to families who have them.
Most of these figures are fairly small in stature, with a levered mouth just big enough to crack nuts popular during the holidays – hickory, pecan, and walnut. But one Pickens man has brought the nutcracker to new heights with a series of giant – sometimes life size – versions of the classic German toy.
Pickens Sheriff Office/ Photo
The Pickens Sheriff Office’s Shop-With-A-Cop provided more than 80 kids with a trip to Walmart and gives a lesson in being grateful for what you have.
The sheriff’s office Shop-With-a-Cop program is a perfect example of both giving and receiving and the power of Christmas to lift the spirts of others while learning to not take what you have for granted.
Last week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, Pickens deputies took kids shopping at Walmart, each given a $175 budget. A few kids had parents accompanying them, especially if a disability required special measures.
By Ben Mock
Mount Zion Baptist Church
What we celebrate at Christmas is a paradox - how God, who made man after His likeness, sent His Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, that He might save us from death by dying Himself. Jesus was “found in fashion as a man” (Philippians 2.8) in order to lay down His life, that we might not continue to destroy ours. And yet, we remain the most self destructive creatures of all.