Gas prices rise 5 cents from last week

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Av­er­age re­tail gasoline prices in New­ton County have risen 5 cents per gal­lon in the past week, av­er­ag­ing $3.60/gal Tues­day. This com­pares with the na­tional av­er­age that has in­creased 5.4 cents per gal­lon in the last week to $3.67/ gal, ac­cord­ing to gasoline price web­site At­lantaGasPrices.com.

In­clud­ing the change in gas prices in At­lanta dur­ing the past week, prices yes­ter­day were 3.9 cents per gal­lon higher than the same day one year ago and are 28.9 cents per gal­lon higher than a month ago. The na­tional av­er­age has in­creased 24.8 cents per gal­lon dur­ing the last month and stands 5.7 cents per gal­lon higher than this day one year ago.

“The na­tional av­er­age has spiked 25 cents per gal­lon just in the last month, thanks to an on­slaught of re­fin­ery prob­lems — main- ly in the Great Lakes and Cal­i­for­nia,” said GasBuddy.com Se­nior Pe­tro­leum An­a­lyst Patrick De­Haan. “While these sit­u­a­tions are tem­po­rary in na­ture, it goes to show this nations de­pen­dence on do­mes­tic re­finer­ies. While oil prices have gained in re­cent days, there is some light at the end of the tun­nel for mo­torists: driv­ing sea­son will be over in less than a month and soon there­after, the EPA also re­laxes gasoline man­dates, mean­ing cheaper win­ter fuel,” De­Haan said. or­ga­nize, di­rect, man­age and su­per­vise dayto-day op­er­a­tions and work ac­tiv­i­ties that in­volve the con­struc­tion, main­te­nance, and re­pair of county roads, streets, bridges, side­walks, storm sew­ers and re­lated projects.

Mor­gan said at the Aug. 7 meet­ing that the as­sis­tant roads di­rec­tor po­si­tion needed to be filled and she was try­ing to com­bine two jobs, but she would pull the po­si­tion from the web­site and put back the pre­vi­ous po­si­tion or leave it empty.

In her email to The News, Mor­gan said she only cre­ated the po­si­tion to fill a void and she didn’t think it re­quired ap­proval from the board.

“I or­dered the job to be posted with changes to fill the va­cant as­sis­tant roads depart­ment di­rec­tor [po­si­tion]. I made changes to the job de­scrip­tion to fill a void for pro­fes­sional ser­vices needed in pub­lic works,” Mor­gan said. “These changes were made af­ter ask­ing our hu­man re- sources di­rec­tor to pull the job de­scrip­tions from sev­eral coun­ties our size and re­view their re­quire­ments for a sim­i­lar po­si­tion.

“I in­ter­preted the char­ter to give the chair­man the right to hire and fire all road depart­ment em­ploy­ees; how­ever, Mr. Ewing in­ter­prets the char­ter dif­fer­ently. There­fore, when chal­lenged, I pulled the post­ing. I will be post­ing the as­sis­tant roads depart­ment di­rec­tor as that po­si­tion is va­cant.”

Dur­ing a fol­low-up phone con­ver­sa­tion with Mor­gan Fri­day af­ter­noon, she said she did not change the re­quire­ments; she only added more de­scrip­tion. She said she wanted to hire some­one with a mas­ter’s de­gree of busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion or pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion. She said the board has dis­cussed hir­ing pro­fes­sion­als for years, and Mor­gan didn’t think it would be a prob­lem.

“I was try­ing to do what the com­mis­sion­ers in­structed me to do over the years. I felt like it was more in line with other coun­ties,” she said. “I never dreamed that what I did would be con­tro­ver­sial.”

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