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Newton County S&WCD offers Water Testing

Get Your Well Sampling bottles before Aug 7


Through a partnership between Newton County Soil and Water Conservation District and Environmental Laboratories, Inc., you can obtain reliable water analysis at a reduced rate and in a convenient manner. 

Why Test?

When you pour a glass of water, you expect it to be pure and safe.  However, pure water rarely exists in nature.  Water absorbs minerals, organic materials, and organisms as it moves through the air and soil into surface and ground water supplies.  So, while most water appears clean and problem-free at the tap, it may not be safe for drinking or acceptable for household activities.  Taste and odor are not always indicators of water quality.  Contaminated water can taste and smell fine, while unpleasant-tasting or smelling water can be safe to drink or use.

If you are one of the 1.7 million private well owners in Indiana, you should know that you are responsible for monitoring the quality of your water.  Testing will help confirm if a problem exists, or give you peace of mind when there are no problems with your water.  If necessary, appropriate treatment will be recommended.


Total coliform/E.coli -  Bacteria often found in water and soil that indicate fecal pollution.  Symptoms such as diarrhea, dysentery, typhoid fever, urinary tract infections, flu-like abdominal pain, etc. may be spread through fecal contaminated water.

          (Requires 100 mL sterile bottle)

NitrateCommon sources of nitrate contamination include fertilizers, animal waste, septic tank run-off, and sewage run-off.  Levels of nitrates exceeding 10 mg/L as nitrogen have been shown to cause methemoglobinemia in infants.  This results in oxygen deprivation, which may be harmful to the developing nervous system of young children or could cause death by suffocation.  Symptoms include chocolate colored blood, headache, flushing of the skin, vomiting, dizziness, marked fall of blood pressure, collapse, coma, and respiratory paralysis.

(Requires 100 mL sterile bottle)


Both tests, Nitrate and Coliform will be offered at a total cost of $20.00.

Metals will be $50.00. If you require other testing, please contact Rose Morgan at the Newton County SWCD office as soon as possible for pricing and to obtain bottles at 219-285-2217 .


Locations have been set up throughout Newton County to make it easier for residents:


Ceres Solutions

Ade Branch

2887 W 883 S, Brook


Newton County REMC

4151 E US Highway 24, Goodland


Joe Morrison Attorney

4429 E State Road 10, Roselawn


Newton County Soil & Water Conservation District

213 E North St, Morocco

219-285-2217 call before going


Newton County SWCD is very appreciative to the above businesses to partner with us and help us get out the well testing bottles. Well testing bottles can be picked up now thru August 6th.  You MUST paywhen you pick up your bottles; checks are to be made out to: Newton County SWCD.  There is ONLY 1 day to draw and return your well water sample. You MUST drawyour water sample on Tuesday, August 7thand return your bottles to any of the above businesses by 11:00 am August 7th. 

For any questions, please contact Rose Morgan at Newton County SWCD at 219-285-2217.


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Pontiac man arrested on attempted murder, home invasion charges

PONTIAC — A Pontiac man faces a variety of charges after an incident in which he allegedly fired two shots in one home and then tried to shoot a woman at another.

25-year-old Andrew Fosdick was charged with three counts of home invasion with a firearm, one count of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, two counts of possession of a firearm without a firearm owner’s identification card and reckless discharge of a firearm. He remains jailed in lieu of posting $100,000.

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One Person Shot in shooting at Manteno Plant

The Kankakee County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a shooting today at the Four T’s Management warehouse along Sycamore Road.

Kankakee County Sheriff Chief Deputy Ken McCabe said they have identified the shooter but were not releasing further information. 

Four T’s is a management warehouse operation. The business is a division of Tyson Foods Company, near the Diversatech campus east of Manteno.

Early reports indicated a gunman walked into the plant with a weapon under a coat.  A supervisor at the plant, WGFA was told, suffered gunshots to the chest.

Chief McCabe said the gunshot victim was taken to Provena St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee……

                            (this time)       # 67 or  68

Police and ambulance personnel were at the scene just after 2:30 pm.


94.1 FM, WGFA



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Ashkum, IL- Illinois State Police District 21 are announcing that they will be putting on a free child safety seat inspection event on Friday, July 27th in the parking lot of the Watseka Wal-Mart located at 1790 East Walnut Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Certified child safety seat technicians from the Safe Kids Coalition of Kankakee and Iroquois Counties will be on site to evaluate whether a child is in the most appropriate child restraint for their height and weight.  District 21 will also have their "Roll-over" truck on hand to demonstrate the importance of child safety seats and seat belts.  No appointment is necessary and any questions can be directed to Trooper Ryan Wilson at (815) 698-2332 ext. 324.


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Heat Advisory Wednesday, 'Cooling Centers' Weclome...

...Heat advisory in effect from 11 am to 10 PM Wednesday...

The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a heat advisory...which is in effect from 11 am to 10 PM Wednesday.

* Temperatures...will top out between 100 and 104 degrees.

* Heat indices...will peak between 105 and 110 degrees.

* Impacts...these very hot and humid conditions will increase the risk of heat related illnesses. Drink plenty of fluids...Stay in an air conditioned room...stay out of the sun...and check up on relatives and neighbors.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

Take extra precautions...if you work or spend time outside. When possible...reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.  Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.  Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.

To reduce risk during outdoor work...the occupational safety and health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments.  Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.  Heat stroke is an emergency...call 9 1 1.

A heat advisory means that a period of hot weather is expected. High temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids...stay in an air-conditioned room...stay out of the sun...and check up on relatives and neighbors.

Children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. This is especially true during hot weather when the car interior can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes!

NWS /  www.iqesda.com