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Residents: Mail delayed by weeks

Posted on January 3, 2022

Updated on January 9, 2022

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Rural routes on Yank Road south of Wilson and other roads near Black Creek have experienced recent delays in mail delivery.

Drew C. Wilson | Times

Rural routes on Yank Road south of Wilson and other roads near Black Creek have experienced recent delays in mail delivery.

Randy A. Barnes sent The Wilson Times this picture of his mail. Barnes said after not receiving mail for two weeks, more than a dozen envelopes and three editions of the newspaper showed up in his mailbox all at once.

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Randy A. Barnes sent The Wilson Times this picture of his mail. Barnes said after not receiving mail for two weeks, more than a dozen envelopes and three editions of the newspaper showed up in his mailbox all at once.

Rural routes on Yank Road south of Wilson and other roads near Black Creek have experienced recent delays in mail delivery.

Drew C. Wilson | Times

Rural routes on Yank Road south of Wilson and other roads near Black Creek have experienced recent delays in mail delivery.

Randy A. Barnes sent The Wilson Times this picture of his mail. Barnes said after not receiving mail for two weeks, more than a dozen envelopes and three editions of the newspaper showed up in his mailbox all at once.

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Randy A. Barnes sent The Wilson Times this picture of his mail. Barnes said after not receiving mail for two weeks, more than a dozen envelopes and three editions of the newspaper showed up in his mailbox all at once.

Randy A. Barnes sent The Wilson Times this picture of his mail. Barnes said after not receiving mail for two weeks, more than a dozen envelopes and three editions of the newspaper showed up in his mailbox all at once.
Rural routes on Yank Road south of Wilson and other roads near Black Creek have experienced recent delays in mail delivery.

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Randy A. Barnes hadn’t received any mail since the week before Christmas. But on Thursday, his mailbox on Potato House Court south of Wilson was stuffed with 14 envelopes, an advertising flyer and three editions of The Wilson Times.

“I understand that a lot of people in this area all the way out to Black Creek, Blalock Road and areas like that are not getting the paper and not getting the mail,” Barnes said.

He complained to the U.S. Postal Service and says he was told the Wilson post office is “short on help, and they are unable to deliver the mail.”

Philip Bogenberger, a Charlotte-based USPS spokesman for the North Carolina and Virginia districts, responded to Times inquiries in a prepared statement.

“There were some mail delays in Wilson during the week following Christmas as a few employees were out due to unforeseen circumstances,” Bogenberger said. “Holiday packages and mail delivered from the Wilson Post Office arrived on time if they were mailed by the Postal Service’s suggested mailing deadlines. Carriers from nearby areas are helping deliver mail, and Wilson customers should expect delivery to return to normal soon. We thank our customers for their understanding and continued support.”

Barnes said the unreliable mail delivery is a substantial concern.

“The problem is people are getting regular bills, utility bills and stuff like that or checks and other types of income, maybe, and they are not receiving it, so they could be penalized for not making their utilities payment on time or insurance or to lose their insurance or whatever, or not getting the money that is due them from outside sources like checks and stuff,” Barnes said.

Betty Greene, who lives on Yank Road outside Wilson, said she and her parents are also having problems receiving mail.

“I just got two newspapers on the 27th. I got the 21st edition and the 24th edition. My mom got all three (editions) in her mail yesterday,” Greene said. “The entire week, we had no mail whatsoever.”

Greene said she’s had problems with the mail for about two years.

“My father gets medicine delivered through the mail in packages, small packages that can at least fit in the mailbox,” she said. “Our neighbors down the road, which is probably 17 houses down from us, luckily, the numbers are transcribed on the mailbox.

“The medicine kept going to the neighbor’s house,” Greene added. “So luckily, we know who they are. They would send their son on the bicycle down to say, ‘We got your medicine again.’ And they get their mail as well.”

Greene and her parents say they have gone days and days without any mail.

“I haven’t got any mail for an entire week,” Greene said. “Everybody seems to be having the same problem. Sometimes packages that are supposed to come in the mail just don’t ever show up.”

Susan Baker said she last received mail on Frank Price Church Road south of Wilson on Dec. 20.

“We have not received any since,” Baker said last week. “We went to the post office to pick up our mail in Wilson. They said they didn’t have time to go in the back and get it.”

Like other Wilson Times subscribers, Baker said several editions of the newspaper arrived in one large stack of mail.

“They said they don’t have enough help, but we are stuck here on this road,” Baker said. “It is a sad situation.”

“We have not had mail delivered to us since the 17th of December, two weeks ago Friday,” said Delores Ann Evans, who lives on Lattice Road on the edge of Wilson’s city limits. “I think something needs to be done that you can’t get any mail delivered.”

Evans said a similar mail delivery crisis happened at Thanksgiving.

“We have not had a newspaper in three weeks,” Evans said. “What do they say, the mail comes rain, hail snow or sleet? It’s sun shining out here and we can’t get ours.”

“I had things I ordered for Christmas that I haven’t got,” she added.

Evans and her husband depend on the mail. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, they don’t venture out regularly.

Evans said she hasn’t received her regular utility bills, but she wrote checks for them anyway.

“I had somebody deliver some of our bill payments,” Evans said. “I do know there’s a lot of upset people because of it.”

Joseph Conner, circulation manager for The Wilson Times and parent company Restoration NewsMedia, said he’s aware of the delivery delays.

The Times publishes print editions on Tuesdays and Fridays and relies on the U.S. Postal Service to deliver them to subscribers.

“We are working hand in hand with the post office to see if there is anything we can do to assist subscribers in getting their papers in a timely manner,” Conner said.

Conner said subscribers have contacted him to express their frustration.

“Some people are saying that they haven’t gotten a single paper in two to three weeks,” he said. “Even if we mail them out another copy, there is no guarantee that they are going to get it.”

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