(05/11/2012)
The U.S. Postal Service announced a new plan Wednesday that could keep hundreds of rural post offices open.

Those post offices will have shorter hours, including two in Calhoun.

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe says it will save the mail agency half a billion dollars each year while addressing concerns of rural residents opposed to closings.

About 3,700 low-revenue post offices were slated for closure or consolidation this month, including about 500 in West Virginia and two in Calhoun.

Cost-cutting efforts are to stave off the agency's bankruptcy.

"We've listened to our customers in rural America and we've heard them loud and clear - they want to keep their Post Office open. We believe today's announcement will serve our customers," said CEO Patrick Donohoe.

The proposal says the Millstone Post Office will be cut from 4 to 2 hours.

The Orma Post Office will be cut from 8 to 4 hours.


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