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9/9/06-Tyler

Some East Texans Saved 25 Cents Per Gallon On Gas

A sale on gas made one East Texas convenience store very popular this morning. The East Texas Christian Academy along with Phillips 66 lowered gas prices by 25 cents per gallon.

People got up early this morning, for the chance to buy gasoline cheaper than anywhere in town.  "I got here somewhere between 7:00 a.m. and 7:30 a.m.," said customer Roy Thompson. "I knew there was going to be a line, saving 25 cents a gallon you know people are going to be here."

The line stretched down ESE Loop 323 in Tyler.  At the front was Clinton Williams.  "I thought they were going to camp out last night, so I made sure I got here first," said Clinton Williams.   "I don't need to be getting up this early, but the cheaper the gas, the faster I get up."

The East Texas Christian Academy partnered with Phillips 66 to make this morning's gas prices happen.  Students handed out drinks and even washed people's windows.  "We wanted to do something to give back to the community of Tyler," said East Texas Christian Academy Director of Admission Mike Gravois. "Our theme this year is the spirit of giving. We have had people offer to give us donations and it's not about donations. Today is about giving back to the city of Tyler for supporting us for 27 years."

Just how low did the prices get? For unleaded, $2.18.  "Haven't seen that in a long time," said customer Maurice McDonald. 

"It's just been up and up and up," said customer Judy Hill.  "This is just really surprising." 

It was a good surprise as many drove away with a little extra money in their pocket.  The cheap gas was available for the first 2,000 gallons sold. More than 700 gallons were sold in 45 minutes.

Molly Reuter, Reporting. mreuter@kltv.com

 

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