Winchester- How an interstate highway changed the face of one small town Facebook – a growing marketplace for local entrepreneurs When kids know best Giving some love to those dog days 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

Wayne Township and Manchester join OhioCheckbook.com

From left, Robert Phipps, President of Manchester Village Council, Penny Tolle, Wayne Township Fiscal Officer, Rae Ann Wilson Insko, Manchester Fiscal Officer, Heidi Huron, Manchester Water Clerk, and Dan Risko, representing the office of Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel.
From left, Robert Phipps, President of Manchester Village Council, Penny Tolle, Wayne Township Fiscal Officer, Rae Ann Wilson Insko, Manchester Fiscal Officer, Heidi Huron, Manchester Water Clerk, and Dan Risko, representing the office of Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel.


First village and sixth township in Adams County to post their  spending online –

Story and photo by Patricia Beech –

The village of Manchester and Wayne Township have joined hundreds of Ohio villages, townships and counties in providing its citizens easy access to local government finances by launching their online checkbooks with OhioCheckbook.com.
The website, created by Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, has set a new  national standard for government transparency by putting all state and  local spending information on the internet. According to the  Treasurer’s office, the program has earned Ohio the number one  government transparency ranking in the country for the second year in  a row.
“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 my office to post the finances on OhioCheckbook.com,”  Mandel said. “By posting local government spending online, we are  empowering taxpayers across Ohio to hold public officials accountable.”
Dan Risko of the Treasurer’s office met on Tuesday, Aug. 2 with  government officials from Manchester and Wayne Township for a question and  answer session. Wayne Township Fiscal Officer Penny Tolle, Manchester  Water Clerk Hiedi Huron, Manchester Fiscal Officer Rae Ann Wilson-Insko, and  President of Manchester Village Council Michael Phipps were given a demonstration showing how the system works for users.
Manchester’s online checkbook includes over 11,000 individual  transactions representing more than $4.8 million in spending over the  past four years.
“I think this program is going to work well for our  village,” said Huron. “People will be able to get the information they  want without having to go through our offices, it really simplifies  the process.”
Wayne Township’s online checkbook includes over 2,600  individual transactions representing more than $1 million in spending  over the past three years.
“This is a great opportunity for Ohio’s  elected officials to showcase transparency and engage their  constituents,” said Fiscal Officer Tolle. “Wayne Township Trustees are  pleased to partner with Treasurer Mandel and begin posting on  OhioCheckbook.com at no cost to our citizens.”
In April 2015 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, and extending an invitation to partner with his  office at no cost.
Momentum has grown for the statewide government transparency  website. Since its launch in 2014 over 755 local governments and  school districts have opted to use the online program allowing  citizens to see every expenditure in state government.
OhioCheckbook displays more than $529 billion in spending over  eight years, including more than 146 million in transactions. As of  July 29, 2016 there have been more than 578,000 searches on the site  which features cutting-edge features such as Google-style contextual  search allowing visitors to sort by keyword, department, category, or  vendor.
For more information or to view your local government website,  visit the local government option on OhioCheckbook.com or click on:  Manchester.OhioCheckbook.com or WayneTownshipAdams.OhioCheckbook.com.

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