The Coalition for a Drug Free Newton County held their annual breakfast on Thursday,
November 15th, despite the early snowfall and cold weather, at the Beaver Township
Community Center in Morocco. Attendees were welcomed by Gene Bell, Coalition President
with an invocation by Pastor Wayne Williams. The Coalition celebrated a year in review of
activities and programs done throughout the course of 2018. The topics included a Healthy
Lifestyle, Backpack Program, Crisis Center, Jail Counseling, and Criminal Justice. The coalition
also manned a booth during the Punkin Vine Fair with a focus on: What Everyone Should Know
- Heroin and Opioids.
The Coalition is proud to have worked across the County through partnerships and
sponsorships with The Ibekie Foundation(IFC Clinic), Newton County Public Libraries, Jasper
Newton Foundation, North and South Junior/Senior High Schools. Programs included The
Newton County Regional Opioid Education Summit, WAKE UP CALL – Stairway to Heroin
Educational Series, and Junkbox Diaries.
The Coalition also worked with County Elementary School Students for the Drug Free T-shirt
design contest. The theme for 2018 was “Life is Your Journey, Travel Drug Free”. The winner of
the 2018 contest was Lake Village Elementary Student, Brennen Battleday. Brennen is pictured
above with Coalition President Mr. Gene Bell. Each elementary student received a t-shirt with
Brennen’s design. Students from North and South Newton schools and Coalition members
helped pack and deliver over 1,200 t-shirts in October in time for Red Ribbon Week. Sponsors
for the t-shirts include:

​​Newton County Community Foundation

Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Drinski
Beaver Township

Colfax Township
Jackson Township

Jefferson Township
Lake Township

Lincoln Township
McClellan Township

Washington Township
Fowler State Bank

Newton County REMC
Kentland Bank

Coalition for a Drug Free Newton County
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Check this page for upcoming events from the Newton County Drug Coalition, as well as dates for when they will be occurring for 2019.

November 3: Recovering Hope is hosting a Naloxone training event with Overdose Lifeline. It will be located at the Wheatfield Library (350 S. Bierma St. Wheatfield Indiana 46392) The Training begins at 3:00 PM, and there will be Naloxone kits for those in need. For more information, e-mail OR Call Danielle at (219)775-7380


Celebrate Red Ribbon Week 

October 23 - 31, 2019

Theme:  Send a Message, Stay Drug Free!

November 2: “Learn How Not to Be A Victim”
Presented by: Sheriff Tom Van Vleet, Newton County Sheriff’s Department
Program beings at 10:00 a.m.
Newton County Government Center
Attendees will learn more about scams:
Utilities, Door-to-Door, Lottery, Police, Relative Arrests,
False Lending Institutions, Emails, False Debt Collections,
Health Services, Credit Card Skimming, Online Advertisements, and IRS.
Newton County Sheriff’s “Drug Take Back Program”
Presented by Captain Shannon Cothran, Chief Deputy
Hosted by: Newton County Community Services & Northwest Indiana
Community Action Corp
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November 15: The Coalition for a Drug Free Newton County annual breakfast will be on Thursday, Nov 15th @ the Beaver Township Community center at 7:30 AM. RSVP to by Nov. 7th.

Coalition for A Drug Free
Newton County

April 1, 2020, ​at the Benton Central Auditorium, OMICRON TRI-KAPPA and the Benton Community School Corp will be hosting a discussion on vaping and human trafficking.

See flyer below for more info:

The Coalition for a Drug-Free Newton County along with students from North and South Newton prepared lanyards to be given out to each school during Red Ribbon Week 2019 which runs from October 23rd - October 31st.  
Students who participated in the lanyard workday are:
Logyn Galvan
Lily Resendez
Keely Evans
Hannah Vanderwall
Justin Wood
Elizabeth Diedam 
Lillianne Hartman
Sarah Lanic
Lauren Mardirosian
Cameron O'Hare
Bradley Joseph
Garrett Gonczy

South Newton SADD sponsor - Mr. Chase Eldridge and Principal Mr. Charles Huckstep
The lanyards and cards were made possible (in part) by David Hensel's "Way To Go" Grant through the Jasper Newton Foundation.  Dave wanted to highlight the good work of the Coalition for a Drug-Free Newton County - and thought the lanyards for Red Ribbon week for ALL students would be a great thing to support.  Additional funding for the lanyards was made possible by the Coalition for a Drug-Free Newton County, Mr. Gene Bell coordinator.