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A small town with big-city ammenities

Reported by: Susan Parker
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Updated: 5/21 6:21 pm
PRAIRIE, Miss. (WTVA) -- Barry Smitherman is the first to do it.

"It's exciting to be the first because I think it's a need. It's a big step for this community," said Smitherman.

That big step is being taken with help from Aberdeen Mayor Cecil Bell.

He's the first customer to purchase stamps in the very first Village Post Office in the state of Mississippi.

"It's going to be a great service to the community," said Mayor Bell.

That service can be found in the Knox Grocery Store in the Una Community.

"It's just another way for us to have extended presence outside and with the hours," said U.S. Postal Service District Marketing Manager Adrienne Marshall.

Seven days a week, postal services will be available with the exception of money orders.

"I think it's gonna be better. All of it is gonna be better," said Una Community resident Juanita Pierce.

"Come right down here and get everything taken care of right here," said Chickasaw County resident Mary Hampton.

Operating hours will be considerably longer than the Prairie Post Office which is only open four hours a day.

"I like it because it's closer. I can come here and buy everything in here instead of going all the way to town." said Chickasaw County resident Georgia Henderson.

The Prairie Post Office is not going to close. The Village Post Office will only be an extension of it.

"It's not a competition, so I think this Village Post office will be very good for Prairie," said Prairie Post Office Postmaster Kathy Robinson.

Officials say expect to see more of the same as the U.S. Postal Service pursues cost-cutting measures nationwide.
 
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