Another Valley Post Office Losing Hours

By: Garrett Wymer Email
By: Garrett Wymer Email

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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- Another Valley post office is having its hours cut.

At the post office in New Hope, Frank Nolen, who lives in the town, says the mail inside could say, "Grottoes. Crimora. Fort Defiance. Mt. Sidney. Waynesboro. Staunton. Verona."

People in New Hope say the only way you can have a 24469 zip code is to have a P.O. box.

"We can see each other's houses from the other. Yet supposedly, according to the post office, I live in Grottoes and he lives in Crimora. Does that make sense to you?" asked Nolen

It's tricky situation that former State Senator Frank Nolen wants resolved. He believes it would save money for the area to have its own mail carrier.

Now is a good time for his plan as the postal service plans to cut the New Hope Post Office's hours down to four.

50 neighbors came out to a meeting at the post office on Thursday voicing their own concerns and showing their support for their post office.

"I see the passion that the local community has about the local post office. And we appreciate that. We really like to see how people feel about the post office," said David Schenck, the Richmond District Post Planning Coordinator.

Schenck said they're cutting hours because the office only has about four hours' worth of work and revenue.

In order to fix that, several people at the meeting plan to use their post office even more.

Administrators with the postal service say the post office's hours will be re-evaluated at the end of each fiscal year to decide whether its hours should be increased or cut them further, however, they assured neighbors the post office would not close.


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