Highland News Leader

New Douglas news for the week of March 19

Village Board meeting notes

The board voted to give the owners of 808 W. Douglas 30 days to reduce their number of horses to one per acre, per village ordinance.

The board considered adapting Staunton’s small livestock/poultry/fowl code but concluded it would be an ill-fit for the community of New Douglas.

A request was made by a villager that the village be required to maintain a grassed-over section of what once was considered a continuation of W. Fraction Street. The street runs from the end of N. 6th to N. Main. A decision will be made at next month’s meeting.

A complaint was made that a property on the corner of W. 5th and W. Douglas was in violation of village ordinance in relation to trash accumulation. They will be notified accordingly.

The board considered the use of the Madison County Clean-Up Program's Dumpsters alongside the township. The program provides free delivery, use, and pickup of the Dumpsters. They will be used the weekend of June 6, during the townwide yard sales. The Dumpsters will be used only during certain hours. More details to come.

A complaint was made that traffic at the four-way stop (corner of Deck and Main) has become dangerous with motorists not obeying the stop signs. A request was made to utilize flashing-red, solar-powered lights connected to the tops of the stop signs. Concerns were also raised regarding the high rate of speed of motorists entering and leaving town on Deck Street and Main Street. A solution was presented to use solar-powered, flashing, speed-control signs to alert drivers. A decision was not met on these issues.

Easter egg hunt

The New Douglas Baptist Church’s annual Easter egg hunt will be March 28 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the New Douglas Township Park pavilion. Bring an Easter Egg basket. Don't miss out on the prizes, food, and fun. You can contact the NDBC at (217) 456-6161 or ndbc2012@mindspring.com.

Rec Plex news

The Rec Plex is considering starting up a babysitting program in the evenings.

An instructor has been acquired for the kids summer camp (hours and days are still being determined).

Organizers are also in the beginning stage of starting up couple’s dance and line dance lessons.

The Rec Plex is still in search of DVD or VHS tapes for its private aerobics room.

For questions, recommendations, membership or instructions on how to donate contact program manager Elizabeth Loy at (618) 946-7223.

Masons chili supper

The Madison Masonic Lodge 560 of New Douglas will host an all-you-can-eat chili supper from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 21. There will be choice of chili or soup, along with a sandwich, dessert and drink all for $7. The lodge is located on the 100 block of N. Main Street in New Douglas (connected to the post office). Contact Walter Butler at (217) 456-8411 for more information.

Fire department pancake and sausage breakfast

The New Douglas Fire Department will hold a pancake and sausage breakfast from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 22 at the New Douglas Firehouse, 105 E. Allen St. The all-you-can-eat breakfast will include pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, homemade donuts and drinks. Cost is $7 for adults and carry-outs; $4 for children ages 5-10; and kids 4 and under eat free.

Easter Egg hunt

The New Douglas Baptist Church’s annual Easter egg hunt will be March 28 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Township Park Pavilion. Bring an Easter egg basket. Don't miss out on the prizes, food and fun. You can contact the NDBC at (217) 456-6161 or ndbc2012@mindspring.com.


The next Village Newsletter will be mailed in April. To submit events and news to be included in the newsletter, contact Lisa Micenheimer, village clerk, at ndclerk@madisontelco.com.

Local elections

Grace period voter registration runs through Saturday, April 4. The last day to request to vote by mail is Thursday, April 2. the early voting period runs from Monday, March 23 through Saturday, April 4. Election day is Tuesday, April 7. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Community Center Rental

The New Douglas Community Center can be rented for events. Contact Linda Huntsinger (618) 402-1726 to reserve a time.


Center Schools Girl Scout Troop 426 will meet every second and fourth Thursday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the New Douglas Community Center. Contact Rachel Fogg at (603) 205-2433 for more information. Grades K-12 are welcome.

The New Douglas Volunteer Fire Department will meet every first, second and fourth Monday.

The Wednesday Women Book Club will meet every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon. This is a weekly book study group focused on Christian faith. Refreshments are provided. Contact Stephanie McNealy (217) 456-6161 for more information.

The American Legion meets every second Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

The Masonic Lodge meets every third Wednesday at 7 p.m.

New Douglas Township meets every second Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the township building, 104 S. 2nd St.

The New Douglas Senior Citizens meet every second Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at the New Douglas Community Center. New members are being sought, anyone 55 and up.

The New Douglas Village Board meets every third Monday at 7 p.m. at the New Douglas Community Center.