Harrison County old courthouse warming its community

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HARRISON COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Across central Kentucky emergency shelters are open to help those without a home as well as those who live in a home without proper heating.

County leaders in Harrison County have turned the old courthouse into a shelter.

It's cold outside, but it's warm inside the old courthouse in Cynthiana that's not being use. The judge-executive said why not invite people inside who either don't have anywhere to go or can't pay to heat their home.

Harrison County has plenty of streets, but that doesn't mean people should be on them. It's too cold, and the old courthouse is vacant.

"We're paying to heat it anyways," mentions Harrison County Judge-Executive Alex Barnett.

Tom Francis has a home, but it's not fit for these temperatures.

"I'd rather be playing a spirited game of Euchre then to be sitting alone in a motel room watching television," said Francis. "Probably about 16 degrees inside my house right now. And that's with four heaters."

Some people taking advantage of the old courthouse being a warming center are homeless. But volunteers are doing they can to create somewhat of a home for them at the center set up.

"We are just here as long as people need us. As long as the cold snap holds," says Barnett.

That particular warming center has been set up since Thursday, and they don't plan on leaving until the cold has passed. They're open to the public from 7 p.m. to 9 a.m.

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