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Norene Post Office could be closed by USPS

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Katherine Beadle, whose father was the postmaster in Norene for 42 years, beginning in 1936, said the community feels strongly toward keeping its post office.

The letter from the USPS stated that Norene would be put on a Rural Route Service operating from the Lebanon Post Office, almost 13 miles away. The USPS said that running the Rural Route Service would cost considerably less than operation the Norene Post Office.

“The feeling of the community, and it’s very strong, is that we want to keep our office,” Beadle said.

The Norene Post Office was established way back in 1878, when the community was known as Henderson’s Crossroads. The community’s name was changed to Norene in 1915.

Beadle said the Rural Route will make it difficult for Norene residents to mail packages because of the uncertainty about when the letter carrier will come to pick up and deliver mail. She also said that Norene is not the only community that will suffer if the office is lost.

“It not only serves the Norene community, but it serves the surrounding communities as well,” she said.

Norene residents are invited to the Norene Community Center at 6:30 p.m., tomorrow, to meet with officials from the USPS, who will be on hand to answer questions and take feedback from the citizens.

The Postal Service’s letter called the change “tentative” and said that if a decision is reached, the questionnaires passed out to local residents will factor heavily into the Postal Service’s decision on how to move forward.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at phall@wilsonpost.com.

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