Tiny town hopes to keep post office

Customers outside the post office in Daisy said Wednesday they'll fight Washington if they must to keep their post office open.

"I'm upset because I don't have anywhere else to get the mail and I don't want to drive to Claxton just to get some mail," stated 79-yearold Clara Brewton.

"The post office has just been one of the best things for Daisy. It's just part of the community," added Priscilla Hearn.

Mayor Inman Brown said a representative from the U.S. Postal Service called last week to schedule a public meeting to discuss the office's possible closure.

"I started calling everybody and we started writing letters and doing everything we can do," he said.

That same representative tells WTOC the purpose of the meeting will be to ask customers about the post office and whether it should be closed.

Nancy Ross, a regional spokesperson for the U.S. Postal Service, said by phone no decisions on closures have been made on any offices. The USPS expects to close 500 offices nationwide by the end of the year, but no decisions have been made on which ones. She said costs, especially rising fuel prices, are forcing the USPS to examine how it operates.

A post office was established in Daisy in 1890,  making it a quarter century older than Evans County itself. The post office currently rents 180 boxes here, that's more than the 137 residents of Daisy. But the mayor said it goes beyond numbers.

"We are starting to add homes and families and grow ever so slightly," he noted. "If you lose your post office, you lose your identity and we could dry up."

He hopes enough people show up for the meeting next week to keep the small office open. That meeting will take place in the community room between the post office and town hall at 4:30 p.m. April 26.

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