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Carterville post office one of many small branches across the nation to see reduced hours

Craig Ferrier understands that with time comes change--even for an enterprise that is more than 200 years old.

"I know the post office has taken a hit for many years because of the basically the internet and people doing things online," said Ferrier, Carterville resident.

while postal service business has declined across the u-s, it has particularly affected smaller branches, such as carterville's.

"The postal service relies on the sale of our postage and our services to operate," said Stacy St. John, communications specialist with the USPS. "We do not accept tax dollars." 

In efforts to balance the needs of customers with that of the post office, officials have been working on a strategy called post plan.

Residents of communities across the nation, including Carterville, have been given a survey with various options.

Officials at the Carterville Post Office say that although there will be some cutbacks, the post office will stay open.

The results of the Carterville survey show that many prefer to reduce the hours  of window service hours Monday through Friday in order to keep the post office.

A hard choice to ultimately preserve a long-running American service.  

"This is a purely a financial decision on behave of the postal service and it's necessary for us to remain a presence in rural America to make some of these hard choices in communities," said St. John.

"It's better to do that than to lose our post office," said Ferrier. 

A complete list of all the four-state post offices that are affected can be found here

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