Gas discount courtesy of Hoke County sheriff

Posted October 24, 2008

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— Motorists in Hoke County got a discounted price on gasoline on Friday, courtesy of the Hoke County sheriff.

Sheriff Hubert A. Peterkin offered $1 off every gallon of gas for up to 10 gallons for the first 400 vehicles at the Shell gas station on Fayetteville Road in Raeford. Gas was about $1.65 for a gallon of regular unleaded.

Peterkin said he decided to use $4,000 from his re-election campaign fund to supplement gas purchases because he says he has seen people struggling and wanted to bring some relief to his citizens.

"I saw people struggling here in the community, a lot of my senior citizens who didn't have money to get gas," Peterkin said. "I just wanted to help them."

He said he has planned the event for some time but decided to hold it now while gas prices were lower so people could get more for their money.

Motorists, like Jackie Lide, lined up for about a mile waiting for a chance to get cheap gas.

"It's a real blessing," she said. "My hat's off to our sheriff, that's such a caring person.

Peterkin, who is not up for re-election for another two years, said he is thinking about putting together another gasoline event. He says several gas stations have already contacted him about sponsoring their own "gas giveaway."


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  • chris0628 Oct 24, 2008

    Sheriff Jenkins are you reading this!!!

  • news4u Oct 24, 2008

    Sheriff Bizzell for President - Sheriff Peterkin for Governor

  • Mad Baumer Oct 24, 2008

    This money, election money, would have been used for another booring commercial or flyers. I didn't get any of this free gas, but I think it's great. Worry about something else people, like your retirement...

  • asxysldr Oct 24, 2008

    Bulldozer, the article states "Peterkin, who is not up for re-election for another two years" so this had NOTHING to do with being re-elected. As for a traffic jam, there was a side road the cars were told to use to form the line for the gas. Everyone who wants to say that it was inappropriate, are the same ones who would be in line if it happened by where the live.

  • BULLDOZER Oct 24, 2008

    Yeah nice gesture, but i am sure his relection bid in less than 12 days had nothing to do with it. He was just trying to keep his name on top of his voters mind. Nothing like a little vote buying

  • jse830fcnawa030klgmvnnaw+ Oct 24, 2008

    Although I believe the sheriff means well from his heart, it would have been better to give $1 for gas conservation rather than "burning" gas. Reward people who work towards conserving gasoline, being fuel efficient and using alternate fuels.

  • VT1994Hokie Oct 24, 2008

    I think Sheriff Peterkin gave the people a nice gesture, and I believe that he did this from his heart. He and Bizzell are two of the best in the business. Great job.

  • WHEEL Oct 24, 2008

    Who is going to pay for policing the traffic jam this must have caused.

  • luvdolphin2 Oct 24, 2008

    I hope Dick Jenkins (Nash County) reads this and gets the urge to do the same ;)

  • luvdolphin2 Oct 24, 2008

    typical........A man sees the opportunity to help his fellow man in this struggling economy and immediately we have bloggers on the war path to discrediting the mans efforts.

    lovely world we live in...