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March 26, 2013

Residents want to save post office

Webbers Falls meeting called by fed officials to discuss office’s fate

— Webbers Falls residents hope they can save the town’s post office, which has been identified as one that could be headed for the chopping block.

A meeting is scheduled to take place at 3 p.m. Thursday to find out what fate the facility might face. Lottie Hufford, who hopes to use the meeting as platform to save the post office from closure, said federal officials called the meeting.

“They don’t realize how important this post office is to our little town here,” Hufford said Tuesday, trying to drum up support among her neighbors to join her during Thursday’s meeting. “We’ve lost our bank, and they are already starting to talk about losing our school.”

A U.S. Postal Service employee at Webbers Falls confirmed Thursday’s meeting but was wary about providing details. The postal worker said she has no idea what the future holds for the Webbers Falls Post Office or others in the area identified for possible closure.

A notice posted at the Webbers Falls Post Office states officials will be on hand Thursday to answer questions and share the results of a survey recently sent to Webbers Falls postal customers. Hufford said the survey was difficult to understand and believes many never were returned as a result.

The notice also states no decision will be made about Webbers Falls postal services until after Thursday’s meeting.

“That is why we want all the people there — if we can get the newspapers and television there, I think it will make a difference,” Hufford said. “I know murders and car wrecks are important, but so is the loss of the town. We have a lot of things going that will build this town up.”

Hufford said Webbers Falls residents, many of whom are elderly and lack the means to travel outside Webbers Falls, rely on the local post office.

Hufford said she circulated pamphlets this week to let people know about the meeting. She said about two-thirds of the people she spoke with were unaware of the meeting.

Reach D.E. Smoot at (918) 684-2901 or dsmoot@muskogeephoenix.com.

If you go

WHAT: Public meeting regarding postal service.

WHEN: 3 p.m. Thursday.

WHERE: Webbers Falls Post Office, 116 Commercial St.

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