What goes up must come down. The finance sector of the economy may still be reeling, but motorists finally have gotten some good economic news after a summer of brutally high gas prices. The prices in the Marshall area have been retreating from mid-summer highs for months, but in the past couple of weeks the price swoon picked up speed. Monday, Sept. 29, the typical price in Marshall for regular gas was back to mid-April levels, about $3.20 per gallon. The price dropped a nickel by Wednesday, Oct. 1, another seven cents by Thursday, Oct. 2, and reached $3.01 Friday evening, Oct. 3.
Monday morning, Oct. 6, motorists saw something many experts said might never happen again: gas under $3 per gallon. The price at some pumps in Marshall was $2.94. That's well below the state average of $3.18 per gallon reported by AAA Motor Club's Web site.