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POSTED: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - 10:24pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - 10:25pm

Judy Allen has lived in Cuney, a town just East of Frankston, since she was born.

Last week, KETK told you the story of the townsfolk trying to save their post office...Allen says there was just one thing going through her mind when she heard it would be closing...

"What in the world is going on?  Bbecause if they close the post offices, then how are people that can't afford or can't drive...how can they get their mail?" Allen asked.

But on Wednesday, after listening to public outcry, the United States Postal Service revealed a new plan to save the rural post offices like the one in Cuney -- reducing the hours of operation.

According to statistics from the postal service, Cuney's post office now operates 6 hours a day -- the new plan would take it down to 2.

"Well reducing the hours..it's ok, but still you have a lot of people that can't get out till a certain time.  And if it's open all day long than they have a certain time that they can go get their medicine," Allens aid.

Allen tells KETK it is a blessing that the post office will now likely stay open.

Cuney mayor Oscar Birdow who led the charge against the post office closing, considers it a victory.

"You know...sometimes it gets to a point where you take what you can get until you can do better...reducing our hours is...going to be ok for now as long as the post office stays open," Birdow said. 

Here in East Texas, some of the other rural post offices on the list include  --
New London, Reklaw, Gallatin, Maydelle, New Summerfield, Apple Springs...and Wells.    

Click here to see the full list as well as a huge overview of the new strategy.

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