Reduced hours for post office

By Amanda Porterfield |, Erica Quednau |

Published 07/01 2014 04:08PM

Updated 08/01 2014 12:45PM

Latest: 10:09 pm, 7/31/14, Thursday
NEWMAN -- Cutbacks to the U.S. Postal Service have hit one Central Illinois town. USPS officials met with about 100 residents to talk about those cuts. The post office will now be open four hours in the morning and two in the afternoon; Saturday, two hours instead of three. The postal service bases cutbacks on the volume of letters going in and out.
Update: 6:05 pm, 7/30/14, Wednesday
NEWMAN -- People in Douglas County will be talking about the future of their post office. Newman residents got a letter this month from the U.S. Postal Service. It wants to make changes to service in an effort to save money.

The meeting was originally scheduled for Thursday afternoon at the post office. The time and location have changed. It's not being held at 7 pm, Thursday, at the Newman Grade School cafeteria.
Original: 4:01 pm, 7/1/14, Tuesday
NEWMAN -- Some Douglas County residents are dealing with surprising news; the post office could be closing. But, it might not if people speak out. People just have to fill out a survey which should be in their mailboxes this week. Some say the option they want isn't on the survey.

That's why Mayor Jim Allen is hoping for more. He says the letter and survey, sent by the U.S. Postal Service, is loaded. It gives four options to change mail service and help save the post office money, but Allen says the option of "no change" is the one people really want. It seems people in town agree.

There's a meeting about the changes at the end of the month. Mayor Allen says it's an inconvenient time for people who may want to speak out about the changes, so he's working to have the meeting rescheduled. He's also urging people to contact their state representatives.

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