Dartmouth Grad Student’s Death Still Under Investigation
Scott SmedinghoffThe Dartmouth reports it was Scott Smedinghoff a Dartmouth Grad student who was found deceased by Lebanon Police last Friday. Lebanon Police found Scott Smedinghoff deceased while doing a wellness check.
Smedinhoff 28 earned his bachelor degree in mathematics and physics from Williams College and was a fourth year doctoral student in Dartmouth’s mathematic department.
Smedinhoff was involved in music through the Hopkins Center, most notably as a pianist for the Dartmouth Wind Ensemble. He was also choir director at the First Congregational Church in Thetford, Vermont. Smedinhoff’s death is still under investigation.

Dropping Temps Are Good For Newport
Dropping temperatures is good news for Newport. Newport’s Recreation Director, P.J. Lovely was working on filling the town’s ice rink on the common last night and says it will open on Thursday.
The size of the ice skating rink enlarged in preparation of Newport’s 100th Winter Carnival.

Cruz Draws Crowd in Washington NH
About 200 people braved yesterday’s snowstorm to see Presidential Candidate Senator Ted Cruz in Washington NH. Cruz is planning on visiting 17 towns in 10 counties and plans to spend a lot of time in NH
Cruz’s events in Hooksett and in Goffstown on Jan. 20 were cancelled according to Eventbrite due to an unexpected vote in the Senate regarding Syrian refugees. No word on if the events will be rescheduled.

Newport School District to Present Default Budget
Newport School District will present a default budget of $17,274,889.00 at its deliberate session. The default budget is being used in order to keep the tax increase to $1.50 after an error in revenue was discovered last Friday by the SAU 43 staff. Business manager for the SAU, Terry Wiggins apologized for the error.
The original budget called for a 3 percent increase with zero tax impact after revenues.
The default budget calls for the following necessary changes, Pre School and Kindergarten will be moved to Towle School with four full days of Kindergarten. Grades 1-5 will attend Richards Comprehensive Elementary and grades 6-8 will attend Newport Middle and High School. In addition, Junior Varsity Sports will be discontinued, along with the Gifted and Talented Fund. There will be another public budget hearing on Thursday, Jan.28 at 6:00 pm