Whitesburg KY

Cumberland River area getting postal help

Residents living in the Upper Cumberland River area of Letcher County will soon be receiving additional postal service.

The Kentuckiana District of the U.S. Postal Service says it will welcome its newest Village Post Office (VPO) in Letcher County on Monday, December 1.

The latest VPO is located at Ovenfork Mercantile, 8494 S. Highway 119, where a ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. It will serve the the Eolia and Ovenfork areas and will operate in conjunction with store business hours.

VPOs are operated by local businesses and provide a specific range of services and products such as First- Class postage stamps and Priority Mail products. VPOs also accept mail.

The Postal Service unveiled the VPO concept in Summer 2011 for consideration in communities where there is no existing Post Office or where the Post Office will have reduced hours.

There are more than 80 VPOs in the Kentuckiana District located in a variety of locations including grocery, hardware and convenient stores, gas stations, a bait and tackle store, and a trophy engraving shop.

The Postal Service said the contributions of Ovenfork Mercantile owner Barbara Church helped to make the new VPO possible.

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