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The sign says gas is 71 cents a gallon _ a

August 26, 1995

PALMYRA, Pa. (AP) _ The sign says gas is 71 cents a gallon _ a whole gallon? _ and there’s a line of cars waiting at the pumps to fill up.

But this is real, not some Hollywood nostalgia movie about the ’70s when prices were lower, gas-guzzling muscle cars ruled the road and the Arab oil embargo created gasoline shortages.

It’s just an old-fashioned price war.

As of Friday, the price per gallon of Turkey Hill Minit Market’s regular unleaded gasoline: 71 cents. A few stores down Main Street, the Sheetz convenience store-gas station advertised 73 cents a gallon.

``I didn’t even realize that was the price,″ said Pam Alquist, filling her car at Sheetz on Thursday. ``I thought it was the octane rating, that there was a mistake or something.″

It started more than a week ago, when Sheetz dropped its price from $1.15 a gallon to two cents below Turkey Hill’s $1.13.

Turkey Hill operates 222 stores and Sheetz 175, but the price fight is going on in Palmyra, just east of Harrisburg, and Elysburg, up in Northumberland County.

`I don’t see it going much lower,″ said Ron Regar, vice president of the Lancaster-based Turkey Hill Minit Markets chain. ``It’ll stop when they stop.″

Stan Sheetz, vice president of operations for the Altoona-based chain, said of his store that he has ``full faith and confidence that they’ll do what they think is right.″