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Gas Pump Fill-upDrivers are being hit with the biggest one-day jump in gasoline prices in 18 months just as the last heavy driving weekend of the summer approaches,The Associated Press reported.

As Hurricane Isaac swamps the nation’s oil and gas production along the Gulf Coast, it’ is causing higher pump prices to storm-battered residents of Louisiana and Mississippi — and also to unsuspecting drivers up north in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.

The national average price of a gallon of gas jumped almost five cents Wednesday (Aug. 29) to $3.80, the highest ever for this date. Prices are expected to continue to climb through Labor Day weekend, the end of the summer driving season.

“The national average will keep ticking higher, and it’s going to be noticeable,” says Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst at

Isaac shut down several refineries along the Gulf Coast while others are operating at reduced rates. About 1.3 million barrels per day of refining capacity is affected. So, it’s no surprise that drivers in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida saw gas prices rise by 10¢ or more in the past week.


Camping World is celebrating the grand opening of its new Jacksonville location, officially named Camping World of Jacksonville.

Formerly Suncoast RV, Camping World of Jacksonville encompasses both a Camping World retail store and Camping World RV Sales dealership. It is located at 9012 Beach Blvd.

The grand-opening celebration, which began with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 4, runs through next Sunday. Customers will find a good selection of hundreds of new and pre-owned RVs. In addition, there are daily camping accessory and parts specials, plus free door prizes to the first 50 customers each day and free coloring books for children. There will also be free lunch on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the grand-opening event.

“With its abundance of outdoor recreational activities and natural attractions, Jacksonville is an ideal location for Camping World,” said Camping World of Jacksonville General Manager of RV Sales Matt Bateh. “We look forward to continue serving the Florida, Southern Georgia and Jacksonville areas.

“This store – along with our new Birmingham store – is the first step to reaching 100 stores by 2014. We believe that the Greater Jacksonville market needed a full-service solution for RVers,” said Marcus Lemonis, Camping World’s chairman and CEO.

Camping World is the world’s largest retailer of recreational vehicles and provides outdoor enthusiasts more than 8,000 RV parts and accessories, service and collision centers along with other products and services to enhance the RV and outdoor lifestyle.

Today, the Lincolnshire, Ill.-based company serves more than 4 million RV enthusiasts with more than 81 RV lifestyle retail locations.

Camping World provides retail sale, finance, service and rental of recreational vehicles, with more than $300 million of new and used recreational vehicle inventory representing more than 13 RV manufacturers and 150 brand names.

In addition, Camping World currently operates in 33 states, including Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

For more information on Camping World of Jacksonville, call 1-877-508-5417 or go to

Methodist NOMADS is an all-volunteer organization is composed of people with RVs (some of them full-timers) who travel across the country to use their skills to help others. It all began when, some Methodists from several states camping in the Texas Rio Grande Valley got bored. One suggested there ought to be some good they could do. They approached Methodist churches and offered their services. The first year they completed five projects. Their mission is to rebuild lives, homes, and facilities with God’s love and their hands.

Methodist NOMADS, consisting of five couples, arrived at Blue Lake Camp in Andalusia, Alabama this spring, brought out their own tools, and got right to work. Blue Lake executive director Phyllis Murray told me one of the men was a chimney sweep, who cleaned all the chimneys and fireplaces at the camp. Others worked on handicap access and safety features. Some trimmed trees. One lady made tablecloths; another one baked cookies. Whatever she asked, they were willing to do.

Director Murray said she was anticipating campers’ reaction this summer to the Pinewood Camp dining room which the NOMADS painted a happy sunshine yellow. “They were very resourceful. They created stuff out of nothing and knew how to stretch a dollar. They work a four-day week, six hours a day. It’s amazing how much they get done in that time.” The NOMADS stayed three weeks. They took group trips to familiarize themselves with the area and attended several Florida churches and First United Methodist Church in Andalusia.

NOMADS stands for Nomads on a Mission Active in Divine Service, offering four types of projects: Three Weeks Projects, Revolving Team Projects, Drop-In Projects, and Disaster Response Projects. In light of the tornados that caused so much devastation in Alabama and other states, it looks like there will be plenty of work ahead for these Christian RV volunteers who have conquered boredom and dedicated themselves to serving others.

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