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Local churches stepping up in different ways to continue ministering and helping people

Amid a sanctuary full of empty pews, Bobby Kemp (left), lead pastor at Huntington First Church of the Nazarene, talks to his congregation in a livestreamed service Sunday, March 29, as members of the worship team wait for their turn to minister. Numerous area churches have taken their Sunday, midweek and other services online in response to the “stay-at-home” order during the coronavirus pandemic.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

During the continuing coronavirus pandemic, there may be no one warming the pews in churches.

However, people in Huntington County are finding local churches stepping up to continue their ministries, not only online but by mobilizing volunteers to help those in need.

Huntington First Church of the Nazarene is one of those churches making use of the Internet to minister in several platforms. Lead Pastor Bobby Kemp says even though the building may be closed, “HNaz” is still open online with Sunday services through its Facebook page.

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Health department announces first COVID-19 death in county

The Huntington County Health Department announced yesterday, Wednesday, April 1,  the first death from the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The adult female from Huntington County died on March 31. No further information about the patient will be released due to privacy laws.

The Huntington County Health Department also announced its third positive COVID-19 case.

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus that had not been previously identified. It is not the same as the type of coronavirus that causes the common cold.

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Election board urges primary votes by mail

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Huntington County Election Board is encouraging voters to cast their ballots in the upcoming primary election through the mail.

Voters can request a mail-in absentee ballot by filling out an application. To obtain an application, visit www.in.gov/sos/elections/2402.htm, scroll to the bottom of the page and click “ABS-MAIL: Application for Absentee Ballot by Mail Only.” Clicking on that heading will download an application.

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HU’s Fryman makes the most out of basketball career that almost wasn’t

Photo by Steve Clark.

Entering her senior year on the Huntington North High School girls’ basketball team, Sarah Fryman had no intention of playing hoops in college.

“I just wasn’t really looking into it that much,” she admits. “So, I was just planning on going to Ball State or something.”

Jump ahead five years and Fryman is currently a senior at Huntington University, where she played basketball for four years – and established herself as one of the Foresters’ best players ever.

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Heritage Days Brat Tent set for return this summer

The Heritage Days Brat Tent will return for the 2020 Heritage Days Festival, moving to a new location with a new sponsor.

The brat tent will be sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689. Located at the VFW lot on West Park Drive, brats, hot dogs, chips and beverages will be served under the brat tent, one day, Friday, June 19, from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.