GASOLINE

Some local unleaded prices

drop below $2 per gallon

The price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline has dropped below $2 at some Akron-area service stations.

Gasbuddy.com on Wednesday reported 10 stations were selling gas from a low of $1.86 a gallon to $1.98. Seven of the 10 stations were in Wadsworth, with the others in Seville, Norton and Doylestown.

Gasbuddy.com relies on people to report the gas prices they find at stations. The website said that local gasoline prices were trending lower. The highest price for a gallon of gasoline in the region was $2.65 at a station in Canton, according to the website.

AAA, which measures prices paid at the pump, reported the Akron-area average on Wednesday was $2.19 a gallon, down from $2.34 a week ago and $2.40 a year ago. Gasbuddy.com, using its different methodology, reported an Akron average of $2.13 a gallon.

The national average for a gallon of unleaded regular was $2.53, according to AAA.

NETWORKING

Third annual holiday event

to benefit refugee aid group

The third annual Merry Mingle holiday networking event will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Grand Ballroom at Tangier, 532 W. Market St. in Akron.

A $10 cover charge includes admission and food stations. All event proceeds benefit World Relief Akron, which works with local churches and community partners to help refugees integrate and thrive in Akron. The event also features a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, cash bar and a presentation and cultural dances by World Relief.

The event is co-hosted by the American Advertising Federation-Akron, the Greater Akron Chamber, American Marketing Association-Northeast Ohio, National Sales & Marketing Executives Akron/Canton and the Public Relations Society of America and presented by HKM Direct Market Communications.

SPEAKER

Akron Tax Club luncheon

to host audit presentation

The Akron Tax Club's December luncheon will feature a presentation on how to handle Internal Revenue Service audits by Jeff Erney, an attorney and certified public accountant who specializes in tax litigation and dispute resolution.

The event takes place at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday at Rosemont Country Club, 3777 Rosemont Blvd. in Fairlawn. There is no cost for Akron Tax Club members; $40 for nonmembers. RSVP needed by Monday via akrontaxclub@rcg-inc.com or by phone at 330-689-1778, ext. 224.

AUTOS

Ford ramping up workers

at SUV production facilities

Ford is shuffling workers at several factories so it can make more hot-selling full-size SUVs. Ford plans to add 500 jobs at the Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville and 500 at a factory in Livonia, Mich. It also will shift about 500 workers at the Louisville Assembly Plant to Kentucky Truck and about 650 workers at a car factory in Flat Rock, Mich., to the Detroit-area transmission plant or other openings.