clear
Tuesday February 9th, 2016 12:42AM

Hours at some area post offices may be reduced

By Ken Stanford Reporter
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Postal Service is moving forward with a plan to keep 13,000 low-revenue post offices in rural areas open but with shorter operating hours. Fourteen of them are in northeast Georgia.

Rabun County would be impacted greatest among the affected counties in the area. The post offices in Dillard, Rabun Gap, Tiger and Mountain City would see their daily hours of operation reduced by two, from 8 to 6. The post office in Wiley, which is also in Rabun County, would be open only four hours a day instead of eight, the same for the one in Tallulah Falls, according to the proposal. Part of Tallulah Falls is in Rabun County, part of it in Habersham County.

Other northeast Georgia post offices which would be affected are the ones in Turnerville, Dewey Rose, Talmo and Suches, where the daily hours of operation would be cut from 8 to 4, and those in Mt. Airy, Eastanollee, Ila and Nicholson, where operating hours would be reduced by two per day to six.

The Postal Service originally sought to close low-revenue post offices in rural areas to save money but switched to the plan for shorter operating hours after strong public opposition.

This comes as the nearly bankrupt agency on Thursday reported a quarterly loss of $5.2 billion and warned it will miss another payment due to the Treasury, just one week after its first-ever default on a payment for future retiree health benefits. (See separate story.)

<(I)The Associated Press contributed to this story.)
© Copyright 2016 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Couch names administrative team
Ahead of his scheduled swearing in Friday, Hall County Sheriff-elect Gerald Couch named his top administrative team Monday.
6:28PM ( 3 years ago )
Tech beats Southern California in Sun Bowl
Tevin Washington threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score to help Georgia Tech beat Southern California 21-7 on Monday in the Sun Bowl.
5:54PM ( 3 years ago )
Hall Co. officials launch health-based initiative for employees
Hall County officials believe healthy county employees will be of greater service to the county. With that in mind, they have created a health-based fitness initiative to provide free fitness training for county workers.
5:46PM ( 3 years ago )
Local/State News
Lula officials growing tired of bridge game
Lula officials are growing tired of a more than 35-year battle over the wooden railroad bridge on Cobb Street.
10:54PM ( 1 hour ago )
President Barack Obama is asking Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to help fight the Zika virus
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is asking Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to fight the Zika virus and the mosquitoes that spread it here and abroad, but says "there s...
10:40PM ( 2 hours ago )
North Carolina man faces drug charges in Towns County
A traffic stop on Ga. 17 in Towns County over the weekend led to drug charges against a North Carolina man.
6:06PM ( 6 hours ago )
Former Clarkesville councilwoman announces bid for open seat
Former Clarkesville City Councilwoman Tina Courson Evans has announced she will qualify for the seat vacated when Barrie Aycock resigned to qualify for mayor.
4:25PM ( 8 hours ago )
Assault suspects subject of manhunt, one in custody
​A woman was behind bars Monday afternoon, a man remained on the run after authorities spent about a hour searching for him in connection with an assault on the woman's mother in Hall County earlier Monday.
2:26PM ( 10 hours ago )