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News Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Journal plans rural mail delivery, Saturday switch

Published: Monday, January 14, 2008 11:42 PM CST
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To our readers:

In an effort to better serve our customers, The Macomb Journal is making some changes.

Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 22, the Journal will begin delivering newspapers to our rural readers through the U.S. Postal Service. In the past, motor route carriers have driven county roads to deliver the daily newspaper. Several of our motor route drivers now will be dropping off papers at area post offices early every morning to ensure prompt delivery by your rural carrier - the same day. By using the Postal Service, we hope to provide dependable service six days a week.

Subscribers still will receive the Journal on the same day it is printed. There will be no delay in delivery. All papers will be dropped off at local post office locations early each morning, thus guaranteeing same-day delivery per post office regulations. In addition, you will not have to check both your newspaper box and your mailbox each day. Your paper will be delivered with your mail.

This method will save you time and trouble when you are planning to go out of town. No longer will you have to notify both the post office and the Journal in order to temporarily hold your deliveries. The post office can take care of everything while you are away.

In light of changing our delivery method and the fact that post offices are closed on Sunday, we will transform our Sunday newspaper into a new weekend edition that will be delivered on Saturdays, beginning Jan. 26. This new Saturday edition will allow our readers to get a jump on their weekend activities with a newly formatted front page offering readers activities they can take part in through the weekend. You also will be able to see our advertisers' supplements that much earlier.

The Macomb Journal has the greatest respect for our subscribers and makes every effort to provide the best customer service possible. These changes are being made with interest of the customer being considered above all else. Subscription rates will not change.

While we launch rural postal delivery of the Journal, door-to-door carrier delivery will continue in the cities of Macomb, Bushnell, Colchester and Table Grove.

We look forward to serving our customers with our new weekend edition of your Macomb Journal.

Pam McDowell




Comments are limited to 200 words or less.

Lyle Wheeler wrote on Jan 15, 2008 2:34 PM:

" Your website article about Postal service delivery brought back many fond memories of my childhood on a farm in Southeastern MCDonough County.

As a kid growing up on that farm, I recall the MACOMB JOURNAL being delivered to our mail box at least one day after publication. My how the family looked forward to that paper.

I was 8 years old and attended a one room school (Coloma) which was located a mile north of our home. At that time, some of the roads were dirt and if the situation warrented it,the "mail man" would leave all of the mail at the school for at least 4 families who lived where he could not drive. As I remember each home subscribed to the Journel and I delivered it to them on foot or use our Farmall tractor. This period was in the late 1940s. The system worked fine and postal delivery of the Journel was still in effect when I finally left home and made my own life.

Can you emagine leaving the U.S. Mail with an 8 year old in the country in this day and age?

Thank you for the memories.

Lyle Wheeler, Sarasota, Florida "

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