Bluefield Daily Telegraph
The new year could bring more changes to small post offices across southern West Virginia and Southwest Virginia.
Public meetings are continuing on a proposal unveiled earlier this year by Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe that would significantly reduce the operating hours of 27 rural postal facilities located in Mercer, McDowell, Tazewell, Bland, Buchanan and Giles counties.
The public meetings will continue on Jan. 8 at 4 p.m. with a hearing on the Bandy Post Office at the Bandy Community Center. A second public meeting for the Falls Mills, Va., community will be held on Jan. 14 at 5 p.m. at the Falls Mills United Methodist Church.
Hearings also were recently completed in the Elbert, Anawalt and Bartley communities.
All residents in affected communities have received or will receive a letter in the mail and a survey from the postal service, Cathy Yarosky, a communications program specialist for the United States Postal Service, said.
For more on the changes, and what communities will be impacted, see Tuesday's edition of the Daily Telegraph.