rural post offices http://kbia.org en Rural Reads: On post offices, Common Core and county health http://kbia.org/post/rural-reads-post-offices-common-core-and-county-health <p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Every week, KBIA's Health &amp; Wealth Desk</em><em style="line-height: 1.5;"> curates the week's most interesting (or so we think) articles and reports on rural health, wealth and society issues.&nbsp;</em></p><p class="p2"><b style="line-height: 1.5;">Rural post offices in crisis</b></p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 21:30:12 +0000 Harum Helmy 30860 at http://kbia.org As rural post offices close, Hartsburg residents highlight the PO's role http://kbia.org/post/rural-post-offices-close-hartsburg-residents-highlight-pos-role <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Hartsburg is home to one of the 13,000 rural post offices across the country that are reducing business hours in response to a major drop in revenue for the United States Postal Service.</p><p> Thirty Hartsburg residents met Wednesday to review the decision to keep the town’s post office open for only four hours on weekdays.</p><p> To the Hartsburg residents who gathered to discuss the future of the town’s postal service, the post office provides more than their mail—it gives the town an identity.</p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 22:26:47 +0000 Katarina Sostaric 25289 at http://kbia.org As rural post offices close, Hartsburg residents highlight the PO's role Drought kills Christmas trees while some post offices kill morning hours http://kbia.org/post/drought-kills-christmas-trees-while-some-post-offices-kill-morning-hours <p></p><p></p><p>Now that Thanksgiving has passed, many people have begun to deck the halls, gorge on delectable dishes, and send out greeting cards. Well, that last one might become trickier for some rural residents soon. That’s because the United States Postal Service is moving ahead to reduce the hours of thousands of post offices across the country.&nbsp; Jennifer Davidson has this report from a rural Ozarks community.</p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 22:53:52 +0000 Kristofor Husted 25175 at http://kbia.org Drought kills Christmas trees while some post offices kill morning hours Rural post offices prepare for reduction of hours http://kbia.org/post/rural-post-offices-prepare-reduction-hours <p></p><p>A tiny post office sits in Pomona, Mo. It’s a very small, white plaster concrete building with a flagpole to the side.</p><p>Pomona is in a rural area in south central Missouri.&nbsp; This is one of the many post offices across the United States in an effort to save money by the US Postal Service.</p><p>“I think all of the smaller offices in this area—they’re all going to that, because, you know, there’s a lot of lag time,” says Anna Carnefix,&nbsp;the postmaster relief for the Pomona office.</p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 22:44:24 +0000 Jennifer Davidson 25174 at http://kbia.org Rural post offices prepare for reduction of hours Some rural Mid-MO post offices get reprieve http://kbia.org/post/some-rural-mid-mo-post-offices-get-reprieve <p>With rural postal offices across the nation closing down, three central Missouri offices have received relatively good news &ndash; they&rsquo;ll remain open but with reduced hours. Thu, 07 Jun 2012 23:05:19 +0000 Eric Hilt 15534 at http://kbia.org Some rural Mid-MO post offices get reprieve Rural post offices hoping for a break http://kbia.org/post/rural-post-offices-hoping-break <p>The US Postal Service is hemorrhaging money &ndash; over the past year, it lost more than $5 billion. To staunch the negative cash flow, the postmaster general is looking at closing nearly 3,700 post offices &ndash; the vast majority in rural America. In this week&#39;s Health &amp; Wealth update,&nbsp;KBIA&#39;s Austin Fax checks in to some very small towns where post offices may be on the chopping block.</p><p> Wed, 30 Nov 2011 15:35:23 +0000 Jacob Fenston 4444 at http://kbia.org Rural post offices hoping for a break