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Despite winter weather, some stores stay open

It may have felt like everything in the Tri-State was closed because of the sleet and snow.

But some businesses and government offices, kept their doors open despite the weather.

The weather looked frightful outside, but not frightful enough to keep Judy Gordon from opening her hardware store, Gordon's True Value Hardware.

"Bad weather or no bad weather, we are going to open," Gordon says. She said she opened to make sure customers had the salt, shovels and other items they need to combat the winter weather.

"People around Owensboro need supplies," she says. "If you're closed, where are they going to go? We have everything that you need here and we don't mind opening up."

Several grocery stores, banks, and restaurants stayed open for those who needed important food or supplies, or who don't mind venturing outside.

"We wanted to see who else is out here playing in the snow, so we're out sightseeing," says Amos Strohmeyer of Daviess County. "Don't like to sit in the house."

At Old Hickory Bar-B-Q, the burgoo was cooking, but only up to the early afternoon. John Foreman says he limited hours today partially due to safety.

"We stay open as long as we can, as long as people come in, we stay open. You have to play on the safe side," says Foreman.

Old Hickory was one of several restaurants to close early so that employees can get home safely.

While some buildings like the Daviess County Courthouse were closed for today, others like Owensboro City Hall stayed open. City Attorney Ed Ray says they opened because they had to make sure essential services were still provided to city residents.

Madisonville city offices also closed earlier than usual today because of the increased severity of the snow and ice.

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(This story was originally published on January 12, 2018)

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