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Cooling centers open again Friday as extreme heat continues

With the Lexington area still under an excessive heat emergency today, city officials continue to take steps to help people looking for ways to stay cool.

Lexington city officials have opened two cooling centers, at the Dunbar Community Center on North Upper Street, and the Senior Center at Alumni Drive and Nicholasville Road.

The Dunbar Center will be open as a cooling center until 7 p.m. Friday, while the Senior Center will be open until 5 p.m.

LexTran is offering free rides for people who need to go to either cooling center. For more information, call LexTran at 859-253-4636.

The Salvation Army, on West Main Street, the Catholic Action Center, on East Fifth Street, and the Community Inn, on Winchester Road, are also open as cooling centers.

Lexington's pools and aquatic centers are offering reduced admission prices through Sunday. Children 15 years of age and under will get in for $1, while people 16 years of age and over will get in for $2.

Lexington firefighters say they had nine heat-related runs Thursday. By noon today, they had already had six.

Officials in Georgetown have also opened cooling centers today at the Ed Davis Center and The Pavilion.

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