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Days could be numbered for one Mo. post office

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ANNISTON, MO (KFVS) -

Days could be numbered for the Anniston Post Office. According to Rich Watkins with the United States Postal Service, it's one of several being considered for closure.

Watkins says the postal service is losing an incredible 23 million dollars a day and needs to find ways to run more efficiently.

"We want to meet with people in affected communities to find out how we can serve them and let them know what's going on," said Watkins.  "Every community is different. This is something that's happened in both rural and urban areas."

"I understand everybody's hurting economically," said Anniston Mayor, Lena Brown. "But, we need our post office. People here depend on it. There's a lot of people young and old here that need it daily. We don't have a carrier so if it closed it would hurt us."

The post office serves the community of 288 residents. People in Anniston say they don't want to lose it.

"It's an important part of our town," said Linda Patrick. "We don't want to see it go."

If the post office closes, Anniston would likely rely on service from East Prairie, according to community leaders, and Watkins.

"It could be more than a year before it closes if that's the decision that's made," said Watkins. "And then there's an appeal process for the community."

According to Watkins, information from community meetings will be considered and decisions will be made from there.

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