Junior Fair BBQ again a big success Beulah B James Senior Profile: Josie Myers Lady Indians place second at Ohio Classic in Hillsboro MVCA dominates Greyhounds in 45-0 triumph For Lady Devils, SHAC streak goes to 55 matches 9/11: Sixteen years later Gertrude Gibson Defender Bowl coming Sept. 16 Joyce A Walker Virginia R Young Senior Profile: Abby Campton West Union hosts 2017 Dragon Run New gridiron history begins for Peebles Trout, fire, and blueberry fields forever Senior Profile: Baylee Justice Lady Devils win SHAC thriller at Eastern Brown From Blue Creek to the Beaneaters Tough loss for Greyhounds in season opener Turning tragedy into hope What we learn from failure Absolutely had to get the wrinkles out Frances S Kidder Leo Trotter 41st Bentonville Festival set to begin Sept. 8 Winchester celebrates its history during three-day street fair Cruisefest returning to streets of Peebles Blue Creek- a community in transition honors its history and heritage Cuteness Galore – Winchester Homecoming Festival Baby Show Ronnie L Day Cast your vote for the Adams County Fairgrounds Nelson E Atkinson Ryan L Colvin Richard Tackett William L Tadlock Penny Pollard Wendell Beasley West Union soccer drops pair at Mason County Lady Indians go down in straight sets Senior Profile: Michael Gill Senior Profile: Katie Sandlin Royals dominate in big win over North Adams Dragons continue County Cup domination Archaeology Day returns to Serpent Mound Hourglass Quilt Square is back up again Manchester family hosts International Guests History, farming, and family- the bedrock of Cherry Fork’s community Bus drivers, emergency responders prepare for coming school year Working up a real good sweat What’s behind the motive? Rondal R Bailey Jr Thelma J Yates She’s all grown up now Scott A Yeager Soccer talent on display at 2017 SHAC preview Baseball community mourns the loss of Gene Bennett Winchester Homecoming Festival is Aug 25-27 Eleanor P Tumbleson Felicity man killed in Ohio River boating accident WUHS golfers take Portsmouth Invitational It was pretty cold that day Volleyball kicks off with SHAC Preview Night Young awarded Women’s Western Golf Foundation Scholarship One Mistake Senator Portman visits GE Test Facility in Peebles Adams County school districts facing some major challenges for the coming year Family, friends, and roots: the ties that bind residents of one Adams County village What is your strength? Just the chance to take a look back Ronnie L Wolford Dale J Marshall Herbert Purvis Great American Solar Eclipse coming Aug. 21 BREAKING NEWS: West Union wins fifth consecutive County Cup Wallace B Boden John L Fletcher Lady Indians golfers learning the links North Adams, West Union golfers open 2017 seasons This Labor Day, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Blanton announces candicacy for Court of Appeals Local student attends Congress of Future Medical Leaders MHS welcomes new principal Made in America When it feels like you’re spinning plates Bonfires and “building” a farm Lady Devils looking to take that next step 50 years of Bengal memories Ag Society delivers donation to Dragonfly Foundation Young Memorial Scholarship awarded to a pair of local seniors ‘Musical passion is in his blood’ Naylor named NAHS Principal Boldman retiring after 17 years as Homeless Shelter director Manchester concludes another River Days celebration Drug Treatment vs. Prison James R Brown Bobby Lawler Jr Adams County man charged with killing estranged girlfriend Lexie N Hopkins Volleyball, soccer previews coming this weekend Michael A Cheek

Mandel announces partnership with Adams County local governments

Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel last week announced partnerships with Franklin Township, Green Township, Bratton Township, Meigs Township and the Ohio Treasurer’s office to place the townships’ spending online at OhioCheckbook.com. Last year, Treasurer Mandel launched OhioCheckbook.com, which sets a new national standard for government transparency and for the first time in Ohio history puts all state spending information on the internet. OhioCheckbook.com recently earned Ohio the number one ranking in the country for government transparency.

Franklin Township, Green Township, Bratton Township and Meigs Township are the first local governments in Adams County to partner with the Treasurer’s office to post their spending online at OhioCheckbook.com.

On April 7, Treasurer Mandel sent a letter to 18,062 local government and school officials representing 3,962 local governments throughout the state calling on them to place their checkbook level data on OhioCheckbook.com and extending an invitation to partner with his office at no cost to local governments. These local governments include cities, counties, townships, schools, library districts and other special districts.

“I believe the people of Adams County have a right to know how their tax money is being spent and I applaud local leaders here for partnering with the Treasurer’s office to post their finances on OhioCheckbook.com,” said Treasurer Mandel. “My vision is to create an army of citizen watchdogs who are empowered to hold public officials accountable.”

“I really believe this information belongs to the people,” said Franklin Township Fiscal Officer Diane Ward. “I say let the sunshine in by opening the books and putting the information online. I really do want to be open and upfront with the taxpayers who trust us to spend their money wisely.”

“I felt personally compelled to do this because I do not have anything to hide,” said Green Township Fiscal Officer Joyce Rideout. “I work for the people of this township and I want to communicate with the residents how their money is being spent.”

“This tool provides ease of information to the public,” said Bratton Township Fiscal Officer Angela McCoy. “I already take time to report this information to the state. Why not in turn make it available to the people I am dedicated to serve as an official of the township?”

“Adopting the online checkbook in the township simplifies the measures we should be taking as government officials to be transparent,” said Meigs Township Fiscal Officer Carla Wesley. “To me, this is an important voluntary step in honoring the current mandates that hold government accountable.”

A large coalition of statewide and local government organizations have expressed support for OhioCheckbook.com and local government transparency, including:

-Ohio Municipal League

-Ohio Township Association

-Ohio Association of School Business Officials

-Buckeye Association of School Administrators

-County Commissioner Association of Ohio

-County Auditor Association of Ohio

-Ohio Newspaper Association

-Ohio Society of CPAs

-Buckeye Institute

-Common Cause Ohio

OhioCheckbook.com was launched on Dec. 2, 2014, marking the first time in Ohio history when citizens could actually see every expenditure in state government. Since its launch, OhioCheckbook.com has received overwhelming support from newspapers and groups across the state and, as of December 18, 2015 there have been more than 412,000 total searches on the site.

OhioCheckbook.com displays more than $490 billion in spending over the past eight years, including more than 134 million transactions. The website includes cutting-edge features such as:

-“Google-style” contextual search capabilities, to allow users to sort by keyword, department, category or vendor;

-Fully dynamic interactive charts to drill down on state spending;

-Functionality to compare state spending year-over-year or among agencies; and,

-Capability to share charts or checks with social media networks, and direct contact for agency fiscal offices.

In March, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) released their annual “Following the Money 2015” report and Treasurer Mandel earned Ohio the number one transparency ranking in the country for providing online access to government spending data. Ohio was prominently featured in the report after climbing from 46th to 1st in spending transparency as a result of Treasurer Mandel’s release of OhioCheckbook.com. Due to the launch of OhioCheckbook.com, Ohio received a perfect score of 100 points this year – the highest score in the history of the U.S. PIRG transparency rankings.

The Treasurer’s office is partnering with OpenGov, a leading Silicon Valley government technology company, to provide residents of Ohio the ability to view and search local government expenditures in a user-friendly, digital format. “Ohio is setting the standard for financial transparency on an unprecedented scale. We are excited to partner with the Treasurer’s office to bring world-class technology to communities large and small across the state,” said Zachary Bookman, CEO of OpenGov.

For more information visit OhioCheckbook.com.

Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel recently announced a partnership with Adams County local governments to post checkbooks on OhioCheckbook.com.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_PHOTO-Treasuer-Mandel-Highlights-Online-Checkbook.jpgOhio Treasurer Josh Mandel recently announced a partnership with Adams County local governments to post checkbooks on OhioCheckbook.com. Submitted photo
Over 430 local government and school districts partnering with OhioCheckbook.com

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