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2 county post offices could be shut down
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GROVETON – An “Expanded Access Study” has put two small Trinity County post offices on a list for possible closure, according to the U.S. Postal Service. While no decision has yet been made on possible closures, USPS is looking at about 3,700 post offices nationwide and 124 in Texas – include those in Woodlake and Centralia in Trinity County. In surrounding counties, Camden, Dallardsville, Thicket, Votaw and Wiergate are among those on the list being studied. The Centralia Post Office serves about 50 families. It was established in l875 and was housed in a couple of different stores in the community. Mrs. Imojean Tullos is the 22nd postmaster and has served since March 27,1965 totaling slightly over 45 years. In l973 she and her husband bought the property and building where the post office is now located. Her relief when she needs it is Mrs. Marie Prothro. The Woodlake Post Office was originally known as Old Willard Post Office and served 350-400 families in the late 1800s and early 1900s. When the community’s sawmill moved in l911 to New Willard in neighboring Polk County, the population began to decline. Around 1918 the name of the community was changed to Jason but due to a mix-up in the mail with another Jason, Texas the name Woodlake was selected around l925. It was housed in Crain’s Store until what became known as Woodlake Trading Post was built around l943. It stayed there until 1980 when the postmaster at that time, Mrs. Auby Woods Barnett enlisted her two sons, Jim and Mark, to build the present building. The post office currently has 144 boxes. Mrs. Jane Clark followed Mrs. Barnett as postmaster from 1996 to 2006 when she transferred to Moscow. Mrs. Joyce Roberts Howard had begun employment with the postal service in l990 and was given the position as postmaster in September of 2006. Mrs. Carolyn Snyder is relief for Mrs. Howard when needed. In the press release posted on the USPS website, postal officials said the need to maintain its nearly 32,000 retail offices as more customers choose to conduct their business online, on their smart phones and at their favorite shopping destinations. Today, more than 35 percent of the Postal Service’s retail revenue comes from expanded access locations such as grocery stores, drug stores, office supply stores, retail chains, serf-service kiosks, ATMs and usps.com open 24/7, said Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. “Our customer’s habits have made it clear that they no longer require a physical post office to conduct most of their postal business,” he said. For communities currently without a postal retail office and for communities affected by these retail optimization efforts, the Postal Service introduced the Village Post Office as a potential replacement option. Village Post Offices would be operated by local businesses, such as pharmacies, grocery stores and other appropriate retailers, and would offer popular postal products and services such as stamps and flat-rate packaging. “By working with third-party retailers we’re creating easier, more convenient access to our products and services when and were our customers want them,” Donahoe said, “The Village Post Office will offer another way for us to meet out customers needs.” With 32,000 postal retail offices and more than 70,000 third-party retailers -- Approved Postal Providers -- selling postage stamps and providing access to other postal products and services, customers today have about 100,000 locations across the nation where they can do business with the Postal Service. “The Postal Service of the future will be smaller, leaner and more competitive and it will continue to drive commerce, serve communities and deliver value,” Donahoe added. The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund operations.