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(March 18, 2011 / WRDW-TV)

News 12 at 6 O'Clock / Friday, March 18, 2011

AUGUSTA---Doris Hughes is angry about soaring gas prices. But it's not just the prices at the pump that have her mad, it's also the effect rising gas prices are having at the grocery store.

"Everywhere I go the prices have gone up," she said.

After a quick trip to Publix to pick up a few groceries, Hughes was set back quite a bit of money, but she doesn't blame the store.

"I understand you've got to pay more; you've got to get more, but it's probably gonna take away some of their business," she told News 12.

In fact, the rising food prices here locally are part of a national trend. The Labor Department says we're witnessing the steepest rise in food prices in 36 years.

William Harrison owns the Boll Weevil Cafe in Downtown Augusta, where they unloaded crates of food this morning. He says even though food prices normally rise after cold winters, this year could be extra difficult with soaring fuel prices factored in.

"We may have to raise prices a little bit here and there," he told News 12. "Hopefully, we won't have to."

Across town at Fat Man's Mill Cafe, Manager Havird Usry says they may have to take similar measures, as the prices of beef, produce, and other items rise.

"So far, we have kept the same menu, same prices. Obviously [we] want to keep everybody happy, but, you know, we'll see what happens. If things stay on the rise, we might have to make some changes," he said.

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