Rhodhiss post office hours reduced

Jul. 09, 2014 @ 11:27 AM

The hours that the Rhodhiss post office is open will be reduced by late August because of federal budget cuts.

Currently, the post office is open 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday. In 30-45 days, the post office will be open 12:30-4:30 p.m. on weekdays, and Saturday hours will not change, Dawn Lambert, a coordinator for the U.S. Postal Service’s Greensboro district, said Tuesday at a public meeting at the post office. With the new hours, Lambert said, mail should be in the post office boxes by 2:30 p.m.

“The postal service is losing money. Everybody knows that. Everybody’s heard the sad story,” Lambert said.

Rhodhiss residents received a survey in their mail boxes asking if they wanted the post office to close or what hours would be best to eliminate if hours were to be reduced. Out of 306 surveys sent out, 96 were returned. Lambert said that 86 said that they would prefer the post office to be open in the afternoon.

Steve Hobbs, postmaster for the post office in Hickory, said that last week the Hickory post office saw 470,000 fewer pieces of mail than in the same week last year. Lambert said that as younger generations move to reading their news and paying their bills online and communicating with each other through text messages, the use of post offices is in decline, which is causing the post office to lose money.

One of the two employees who had been working in the Rhodhiss post office, Debbie Sanders, was recently promoted to postmaster in Connelly Springs. Jessica Weaver will continue on in Rhodhiss on her own.