Sulphur, Kentucky Post Office may close - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Sulphur, Kentucky Post Office may close

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Louisville, KY (WDRB-TV) -- It's a sign of the times, as more post offices are put on the chopping block to cut costs.

In Sulphur, Kentucky, the post office is also a gathering place. With a population of 100, residents call it the "face" of their town.

James McClellan, nicknamed "Toady" says, "When we moved here, we had five stores, grocery stores, two hardware stores, a beer joint."

But decades later, the post office is all that's left in Sulphur, Kentucky, where the American flag flies proudly. In this rural community, you'll see tractors driving on the streets and trains going by. It's a place where everyone knows each other.

McClellan gets his exercise by walking to and from the post office sometimes twice a day. He says, "You come up here, get talking, sometimes half a day talking and you meet people."

Residents got a letter from the U.S. Postal Service talking about possibly closing the Sulphur location. It cites declining revenue and fewer people coming here.

The Postal Service says the discontinuance feasibility study is underway to evaluate ways to improve productivity, efficiency and cut costs.

Natalie Bronger, a Sulphur resident says, "It's not just our post office, it's our community word of mouth."

If the post office does close, residents would have to come to the Pendleton Post Office, which is about five miles away.

Bronger says, "I buy stamps here. I buy money orders here. If the post office was closed down, I would have to travel round trip 10.4 miles."

William Hale lives closer to the Pendleton Post Office, but doesn't go there.  He prefers the Sulphur Post Office, saying, "I'd be lost without it. I've used it for over 20 years. It's the only one I want to use, really."

Residents attended a "Save Your Post office" meeting Thursday night to voice their concerns to the Postal Service. USPS plans to take that feedback and their study to make a final decision on the post office's future.

McClellan says, "It's rough. That's all you can say about it, it's going to be rough, going to have to put up mailboxes and people will tear them down."

Residents worry people will ruin mailboxes like in the past and no one will get caught for it. They also worry about people stealing their mail.

The Postal Service expects to make a decision about the Sulphur Post Office in the next three to four months.

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