Post Office in Wheeler OR closed due to storms, then mold


The North Coast Citizen: The post office in Wheeler, Oregon, has been closed for five months following the storms in December and, according to city manager Geoff Wullschlager, nobody knows when it will be operating again. “The storms affected our post office in a way that caused water inundation. We knew the longer the water sat there, the worse the … Read More

USPS closing Pocahontas VA Post Office citing safety concerns

SteveBlog The Pocahontas, Virginia, Post Office will close its doors on Monday, and it is up in the air as to when, or if, it will reopen at its current location.  Jerry Gravely, vice mayor of Pocahontas, said the post office was notified Wednesday of the closure, effective at the close of business April 25.  “They did an inspection (of the building) … Read More

Sparland Post Office to close over lease issue


Journal Star: The Sparland Post Office will close April 30 after losing its lease in the two-story brick building at 115 Center St., near Illinois Routes 17 and 29. “When it was time to renew the lease, the owner decided not to renew it,” said Beverly Howard, a U.S. Postal Service customer relations and communications coordinator in Chicago. “We have tried … Read More

Senator accuses USPS of using “emergency suspensions” to close post offices


U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill is calling out the U.S. Postal Service for its use of “emergency suspension” authority to close down Missouri post offices, potentially circumventing the standard process that requires input from communities that would feel the effects of a closure and notifications to Congress. “I recently became aware of a number of post offices in Missouri that were … Read More

Lightening strikes twice in the Ozarks: Another post office gets suspended


During fiscal year 2015, the Postal Service closed about 90 post offices for emergency suspensions.  Five of them were in Missouri, and one was in the Ozark Mountains.  This week signs appeared on the door of another Ozark post office saying it would be closed soon too. In January 2015, the Postal Service suspended the post office in Rockbridge, which … Read More

Emergency Suspensions of Post Offices in FY 2015


According to its Annual Compliance Reports to the Postal Regulatory Commission, the Postal Service did not discontinue a single post office in FY 2014 and FY 2015.  Thanks to public protest and pressure from Congress, there appears to be an unofficial moratorium on post office closures.  If Senator Carper’s IPOST bill becomes law, this moratorium will become official and no … Read More