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Canalou reacts to rumor post office may close

Sunday, December 12, 2010

CANALOU -- Canalou residents are doing all they can to save their post office.

The post office is located in an old schoolhouse that also houses city offices.

"There was a mention that they possibly would be closing our post office because of security -- they don't think the post office is secure enough," said Thelma Slayton, city collector. "It's just a rumor; we do not know for sure they are going to close it."

The security concerns were raised after the building was burglarized the night of Nov. 29 or early in the morning of Nov. 30, according to Slayton.

"This is the second break in we've had: we also had one in August," she said. "At that time the only thing that was taken we could find was my petty cash. We we had a camera surveillance system with a DVR. They left the cameras but took the DVR."

Slayton said the second burglary is believed to have been more successful.

"Everybody knows they broke into the safe (at the post office)," she said, "and took an undetermined amount of money."

Slayton said that information is not official, however.

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