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Page B-8, The Tuskegee News, July 27, 2000 ...... __~ Comprehensive Health honor Hats off" to this very special team! The number-one team ing the most money for American C~cer Society Relay Walk-A-Thon which was held June 23 in the Tuskegee team is composed of Central Alabama Comprehensive and Executive Director, Philip Ives. According to the team Nora Cherry, we were only given a couple of weeks to money. We came together with such a great spirit and efibrt. thanks to the many supporters who contributed to our this trophy. Thanks to Mrs. Beatrice Scruggs and the Cancer Society for getting us involved in this great need. Front row, from left, are: Beatrice Ingram, Daphne Carter, Harris, Philip Ives, CEO, Nora Cherry, Team Captain, Potter, Sandra Tarver and Dian Collins. Second row: Ovetta Natalie Davis, Annette Richards, Latrina 'Itmmton, S and Claudia Johnson. Team members not shown: Dr. I( Edward Stinson, F. Jenkins, Brenda Owen. Mary Dorothy Smith, Dr. F. Matin and Dr. L. Agee. Gas prices increasing with costs Special to The News Alagasco customers are now seeing on their monthly bills the results of higher natural gas com- modity prices nationwide. These higher natural gas prices are being driven by a strong economy and robust industrial demand, specifically an increased demand nationally for natural gas as a fuel for electric power generation. "Higher wellhead gas costs this summer are a national situation that all gas utilities are facing," said Gary Youngblood, President of Alagasco "In July, when most Alagasco customers receive their bills for June natural gas con- sumption, customers will see an increase from their previous months' bills.~" For example, the impact of the higher cost of natural gas on the monthly summer bill of a typical residential customer will be an increase of $2.59. "If these higher gas prices remain in effect going into the fall and winter, the typical residential customer's annual bill will increase 15 percent," Youngblood added. 'Whese are averages. The effect on individual customers' bills will vary. It is important for our customers to remember that their natural gas bills are directly related to individual consump- tion and are heavily affected by the weather in winter months. That is why it is difficult to say how much an individual cus- tomer's bill may go up.." "We feel like the best thing we can do for our customers is to inform them about the increase :in natural gas costs now even though at this time of year the impact on their bills this summer may be relatively small We all have to live on budgets, and as we enter the winter months, we want our customers to be pre- pared for the possibility of higher heating bills ff prices do not stabi- lize at the end of the summer." Gas supply costs make up over 60 percent of a customer's natur- al gas bill, but Alagasco does not earn additional profits from com- modity cost increases such as this, which are passed on to cus- tomers with no mark-up. "When natural gas costs decrease, the lower prices are passed directly on to the cus- tomer. When prices increase, those increases are also passed on to the customer," Youngblood said. "As with any other commodi- ties, such as gasoline, the price for natural gas responds to the laws of supply and demand. When natural gas prices were low a couple of years ago, gas sup- pliers scaled back production. Now, this year's higher natural gas prices have already mused domestic producers to increase drilling and production. This increased production should help stabilize prices in the future and we should have plenty of gas to meet the demands of our cus- tomers this winter and for the foreseeable future," added Youngblood. "Alagasco stands ready, as always, to help our low-income and fixed income customers with any payment issues that might result from these increased gas costs," said Youngblood "Even in light of the current situation, nat- ur~.] gas is still the cleanest and ,.J ~.fl. ,fficient fuel for our cus- h~ } ~" energy needs." ,~ subsidiary of Energen Corporation, Alagasco is the largest natural gas utility in Alabama, serving 470,000 cus- tomers in central Alabama. LDING MATERIALS IN PELIKA I CLOSING IT'S DOORS e , * ELECTRICAL e Umited to In-Stock Limited quantities on some items. We reserve the right not to sell to dealers or wholesalers. Prices quoted are based on customer picking up merchandise at store. Delivery available for small charge. Stores are not typ(~graphical errors.