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      Cooling Centers offer relief

      The public library is just one of several Cooling Centers in Columbia.

      Mother Nature is heating things up again as we return to summertime temperatures.

      The heat index reached more than 100 degrees on Tuesday.

      Boone County Health Officials said heat can especially affect the very young, the elderly and the chronically ill because they are more vulnerable to the effects of high temperatures.

      Itâ??s important to check on the elderly in your neighborhood a couple of times a day when itâ??s this hot.

      You should also never leave your children or your pets in unsupervised, unair-conditioned areas such as a locked car.

      Health administrators offer several Cooling Centers in Columbia and Jefferson City for people without air-conditioning.

      Here is a list of Columbia Cooling Centers:

      Arc (Activity and Recreation Center) at 1707 West Ash Street - 573.874.7700Armory Sports and Community Center at 701 East Ash Street - 573.874.7466Boone County Government Center at 801 East Walnut - 573.886.4305Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health & Human Services at 1005 West Worley - 573.874.7488Columbia Public Library at 100 West Broadway - 573.443.3161Salvation Army at 1108 West Ash Street - 573.442.3229Salvation Army Harbor House at 602 North Ann - 573.442.1984St. Francis House at 901 Rangeline - 573.875.4913

      Jefferson Cityâ??s Salvation Armyâ??s Center for Hope shelter also acts as a cooling center.