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Area post offices to cut hours

POSTED: October 30, 2012 7:00 a.m.

Over the next two years, 360 post offices in Kansas — including most in Ellsworth County and the surrounding area — will reduce their retail hours of operation, thanks to a plan by the U.S. Postal Service affecting 13,000 of the 32,000 post offices.
Post offices in Kanopolis, Holyrood, Geneseo, Dorrance, Bushton, and Sylvan Grove  will shorten operating hours from eight hours a day down to four under the Post Plan which postal authorities say is designed to preserve post offices in rural America.
Post offices in Wilson and Claflin will be reduced from eight hours a day to six. Hours of operation at the Ellsworth and Lincoln post offices will remain unchanged. Current Saturday window service hours, ZIP codes, access to the retail lobby and to post office boxes will also not change.
“It’s driven by workload,” said Richard Watkins, corporate communications officer with the U.S. Postal Service in Kansas City, Mo. “Customer needs have dramatically changed over the years. People simply aren’t using the post office as frequently as they used to.”

Pick up a copy of the Oct. 25, 2012, edition of the I-R for more details.

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