Business as usual for Maben P.O.

By Dottie Dewberry
For the WPT

MABEN — Concerned citizens in the Maben Postal District met March 19
at the new Maben City Hall with Dana Amos, manager of post office
operations in North Mississippi.

Stephanie White, our postal support employee, and Quinton Cooper, the
Eupora postmaster, were present. Mayor Larry Pruitt was in attendance
and some of the city law enforcement employees were on the scene.

Some civic organizations were represented and the assembly included
some local pastors, plus local citizens who were just interested in
what was going to happen.

Last year the U.S. Postal Service abandoned plans to close thousands
of small post offices, opting instead to cut hours.

According to Amos, possible outcomes include a five-day service,
closing some offices altogether and maybe even going with a part-time
post office or possibly going with a shorter-day service. Some
personnel hours may be cut. Rural carriers may deliver the mail
later. The outside box pickup may be picked up by drivers instead of
the postmistress. Some process locations are being moved to larger
cities.

The district had good representation at the meeting. Many issues were
addressed, but as far as Maben is concerned it will be business as
usual:

• the window will open at 7:45 a.m. and close at 3:45 p.m. The
window will close for lunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Post office box mail
will be ready for pickup at 9:30 a.m.