Rural Areas Hit Hard By High Gas Prices

Wendell Hunter of Williamsburg says driving has become a luxury he just about can't afford anymore.

“I got a bunch of kids. We take them and go out bowling or to a movie. There's a whole lot of that we've had to cut out,” says Hunter.

The New York Times says people in rural areas like Whitley County are hurting worse than other places..where the amount of take home pay spent on gas has surpassed 13%. Pastor Billy Joe Lowe understands that..because some of his congregation is struggling just to make it to church.

“It knocks the numbers down some. Seems like a few people are teaming up and riding together, so they can come one,” says Lowe.

But customers apparently aren't the only victims. Some gas stations are closing..they're running out of gas. People say some smaller dealers can't make a profit anymore.

Victor Freeman spent 30 years running Butch's Exxon off I-75 in Williamsburg. But the high cost of gas did him in. Other area businesses are hurting, too. John Braten's business is in Tennessee, yet many of his customers are in Kentucky. His company vehicle is now a motorcycle...where a roundtrip costs just $15 in gas.

“For us to work out of Tennessee..and go up to Corbin, It cost us nearly 90 dollars in gas to come up and back again. Just to do a simple measurement,” says Braten.

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  • by Dut Duh Duh on Jun 11, 2008 at 05:13 PM
    Well what do you expect when you live in BFE?
  • by Catsfanagain Location: Ky on Jun 11, 2008 at 03:35 AM
    How can so many people have soooo much wool pulled over their eyes? Try to see past what the typical media puts into your minds. I see at least 2 people out of the few comments on this story want to blame one person - George Bush. Now, I am not trying to take up for ole George but you people are really off the mark on this. Let me explain something about our country to you. Although we have a president who represents our country he is pretty much powerless without the support of the senate/house. If you will take the time to recall the democrats you thought would fix gas prices (like they promised) have done nothing to help them at all since taking majority. When your talking about gas prices try to understand that it is not about party choice it is about abuse. You can bet that more than half the Senate/House have monies invested in Big Oil. It is something they know we MUST have so why is it not government controlled to prevent individuals from taking advantage of our country.
  • by chris Location: ermine on Jun 10, 2008 at 01:19 PM
    now vote for a oil tycoon like george bush again. guess what mccain is going to let this keep happening too so vote mccain for high gas prices.
  • by GreedIsGood Location: NottCo on Jun 10, 2008 at 08:54 AM
    Greed = Money, which in turn greases the wheels of Capitalism and keeps them turning. We would be no better off without greed, as we are with greed.
  • by Ralph Location: Ky on Jun 10, 2008 at 05:32 AM
    greed!!! don't worry they won't get by with it.They will pay dearly.
  • by debbie Location: ky on Jun 10, 2008 at 04:47 AM
    its a shame and disgrace that the U.S. has been brought down to the level that the working people cant survive! Makes a feller wonder why so much stealing is going on huh!
  • by joe Location: sterling on Jun 9, 2008 at 10:59 PM
    and i have to say people thought motorcycle deaths were bad last year wait till the end of this year....
  • by Sue Location: Lewis Co on Jun 9, 2008 at 08:54 PM
    It's not only hurting that county but Lewis County as well. You have people here that have to drive 30 miles to work and only getting paid min. wage, so it's not only Whitley that's suffering it's us too. People blame Bush, but I honestly don't think he is too blame, but he could help out. Enough is enough.
  • by Candace Location: Mayking on Jun 9, 2008 at 07:13 PM
    you can bet church donations on Sunday are way down...some churches may have to close or combine.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 9, 2008 at 06:13 PM
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