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Clarification: Gilford High grade change goes into effect with the Class of 2018

An article in Tuesday's paper regarding a change in the way Gilford High School weights grades incorrectly reported that the change would go into effect in 2018. In fact, the change will be implemented for the Class of 2018 and for all Gilford High classes thereafter. The article also misquoted principal Peter Sawyer as discounting the value of SAT scores among college admissions counselors. The quote should have read, "What they look at is the rigor of the class and the grades they received... It's not the GPA or the class rank."

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 February 2014 02:19

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Gilford deliberative session will be held tonight

GILFORD — The deliberative session of Town Meeting postponed due to yesterday's snow storm will be held in the High School auditorium tonight at 7 p.m.

The annual meeting is part one of the two-part SB-2 process; voters will go to the polls on March 11 to vote on the warrant articles and to elect town officials.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 February 2014 01:43

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Man & woman involved in Monday crash in Bristol facing variety of charges

BRISTOL — Two people were taken to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center for critical injuries after the Dodge Durango Jason Brown was driving crashed head-on into a backhoe on Summer Street at 3:30 p.m. Monday.

A N.H. Department of Transportation backhoe operator was taken to the hospital, treated for minor in juries and released.

Police Lt. Kris Bean said Brown, 29, and his passenger, Cheryl Brown, 26 both of 140 School St. face a number of charges stemming from the crash.

Bean said Jason Brown will likely be charged with driving after being deemed a habitual offender and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He said a gun was found in the back seat of the Durango.

He said Cheryl Brown will likely be charged with criminal liability for the conduct of another because the car belongs to her and she has a valid drivers license, and for filing a false report to police.

Bean said she allegedly told police after she woke from surgery in Lebanon that she was the one driving the car.

Bean also said Jason Brown had been arrested by Tilton Police on January 24 and was charged with one count of driving after being deemed a habitual offender, one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and one count of possession of drugs.

Bean said police have applied for a search warrant for the Durango. He also said police have reason to believe Jason Brown was under the influence of drugs or alcohol and that may have contributed to the crash.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 February 2014 01:39

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Commissioners see lawmakers' interest in county grant process as 'power grab'

LACONIA — Belknap County Commissioners called an attempt by the County Convention to assert authority over the process of obtaining federal and state grants ''a power grab'' and defended the current policy used by the county in its public accounting of how grants which are obtained outside of the county budget process are accounted for.
''It's a matter of control, a power grab,'' Commissioner Steven Nadeau (R-Meredith) said, pointing out that there might be a lot of ''lost opportunities'' for the county to obtain grants which are currently sought after the county budget has been adopted if the convention puts a cumbersome process in place.
The County Convention on Tuesday discussed requiring that the county seek approval from the convention before applying for grants and require that the funds must be first be appropriated by the convention before they can be spent.
A concern over grant funds not being included in the county budget was raised last week by Rep. Frank Tilton (R-Laconia), chairman of the Executive Committee of the convention, who said that a $297,3000 grant which was received last summer by the Belknap County Sheriff's Department wasn't included in the 2013 budget summary nor referenced in the proposed 2014 budget. He said that the funds need to be appropriated by the county in order for it to be able to track all of its expenditures.
During last week's discussion, Belknap County Sheriff Craig Wiggin said that it has never been his experience that a pass-through grant needed to be appropriated by the County Convention.
But at Monday night's convention meeting Curt Magee of Sanbornton reminded the convention of a statute (RSA 24:21-a) that provides that "all moneys to be appropriated by the county must be stipulated in the budget on a 'gross' basis, showing revenues from all sources, including grants, gifts, bequests and bond issues, as offsetting revenues to appropriations affected."
County Administrator Debra Shackett said since it is impossible to forecast what grants will be received at the time the budget is prepared and approved that if grants must be included in the budget it would require a supplemental appropriation each time a grant was received.
She said that the grant policy which was developed by commissioners and mirrors those used by other counties, will be explained to convention members in a written opinion by the county's auditors.
Shackett also reported to the commissioners Wednesday morning that she had attended a committee meeting in the New Hampshire House Tuesday at which two of the three bills submitted by Belknap County legislators in the ongoing dispute over line item budget authority were rejected while another had been amended.
She said that one of the legislators on the committee had said it was not the role of the convention to have line item control over the budget as proposed in the bills and suggested that if the supporters of the bills wanted that much control they should run for county commissioner.
In other business County Treasurer Michael Muzzey told commissioners that the most recent cash flow projection shows the county will run out of cash in March, as is typical, and recommended that the commissioners seek a $10 million tax anticipation loan.
Commissioners voted to accept the recommendation and plan to schedule a meeting with the County Convention's Executive Committee next week.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 February 2014 01:27

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