The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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June 26, 2012

Cooling centers open for area residents

JOPLIN, Mo. — With temperatures approaching the triple-digits, the Joplin Salvation Army at Eighth Street and Kentucky Avenue, is one of several places that are residents can go if they need to cool down. The Salvation Army will be open as a cooling station from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Curry said. If a heat advisory is issued, closing hours will be extended until 8 p.m.

“Absolutely, anybody who needs to get out of the heat can come here. We’ll have cool water for them,” said Lt. James Curry.

The Red Cross office at 410 Jackson Ave. will be open as a cooling center. Hours will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., according to Patricia Robinson, of the organization.

Seniors may also go to any nutrition center operated by the Region X, Area Agency on Aging. In addition to a place to chill, they also can get a meal for a donation of $3. Center hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Joplin Senior Center, 2202 Jackson Ave., The Center, 303 N. Main in Carl Junction; the CANDO Senior Center, 404 E. Third, Carthage; Webb City Senior Center, 210 N. Pennsylvania, Webb City, , the McDonald  County Senior Center, 624 Johnson Drive, Noel, and the Barton County Senior Center, 306 W. 11th, Lamar.

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