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@Photo CUTLINE:Tommy Smyrl who runs Smyrl's Lawn Service out of Loganville and does a lot of work in Covington fills up his second riding lawn mower at QuikTrip on Ga. Hwy. 142. Smyrl put $75 worth of diesel in his truck, which filled it up about halfway, and paid $33.70 for both lawn mowers. He said he regretted not buying the diesel in Loganville where prices were $3.89 a gallon for diesel versus QuikTrip's $4.09. Before Hurricane Katrina hit seven years ago, Smyrl said his fuel bill was about $1,200 per month. Since then, it's increased to between $3,000 and $3,600 a month. - Staff Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

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