Harlan County post office to close Friday

By: Kendall Downing Email
By: Kendall Downing Email

Friday is the last day of business at a Harlan County post office. Many say the loss of the post office will be tough for the community.

Nancy Michael won't open her post office box anymore.

"Now it's real, and it's kind of terrible," said Michael.

It's the last full day of operations at the Dayhoit U.S. Post Office. The office was targeted for closure weeks ago, and Friday is the closing day.

"Dayhoit's changing every day. Houses are going. Now the post office is going. It's kind of depressing," said Michael.

The walls of the post office tell it all. Now they are bare.

It's the story of a small office that brought together a small community.

"People that don't drive and have to walk to come to the post office - it's going to be a big inconvenience for them," said Garnett Howard.

Customers like Howard will have to go to Loyall to get the mail. But most said they are not upset with that.

"It'll just be different when it's not here, the post office, and especially Donna," said Michael.

"To lose a friend like Donna, she has been a jewel for us here," said Howard.

Folks are simply sad their post office will be gone. They're now left with only memories of many years.

"It's going to be sad. It's going to be sad. It sure is," said Howard.

Postmaster Donna Deweese said she could not talk to Mountain News on camera Thursday because she is too emotional, saying it feels like she is losing her family.

Dayhoit customers will be able to get their mail until 10 a.m. Friday.

The U.S. Post Office on Thursday released a list of processing facilities across the nation that could close or consolidate operations. Offices in Hazard, London, Somerset, Campton, and Lexington were on that list.

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