Michael D. Pitman

Michael D. Pitman covers political news in Butler County, as well as state and national issues that may have an impact on the community. In addition to his award-winning journalism skills, Pitman has developed into a reliable staff photographer. He also enjoys telling features about people, and the interesting lives they have led. He was born and raised in the Greater Cincinnati area. Pitman graduated from Wyoming High School and earned his B.A. from the College of Mount St. Joseph. He also has a Masters in Sport Administration from Xavier. He has a twin brother, an older brother and older sister. He lives on the Westside of Cincinnati with his wife, Christy, and daughters, Emma and Sophia. He's taken an interest in fiction writing. He is always trying to learn something new in his craft, and has a desire to be constantly learning new things.

Latest from Michael D. Pitman

Poll workers needed for May 8 primary
 Butler County needs around 500 poll workers for the May 8 primary election. The elections office recruits around 1,600 poll workers every election, but around 1,300 will actually work on Election Day. Tammy Cuevas, Butler County Board of Elections’ Community Outreach coordinator, said every year people call in sick or cancel. &ldquo...

Posted: 7 hours ago

Butler County needs around 500 poll workers for the May 8 primary election. The elections office recruits around 1,600 poll workers every election, but around 1,300 will actually work on Election Day. Tammy Cuevas, Butler County Board of Elections’ Community Outreach coordinator, said every year people call in sick or cancel. &ldquo...
City asking for $600K for Monroe Bicentennial Park, Monroe Crossing projects
 Monroe is seeking more than $600,000 from the state capital budget for a pair of projects. The city is asking for $500,000 for a $3.65 million project as the city renovates the Americana/LeSourdesville Lake amusement park area to be used as a public park, which would be renamed to Bicentennial Park. RELATED: Monroe to rename former Americana...

Posted: 19 hours ago

Monroe is seeking more than $600,000 from the state capital budget for a pair of projects. The city is asking for $500,000 for a $3.65 million project as the city renovates the Americana/LeSourdesville Lake amusement park area to be used as a public park, which would be renamed to Bicentennial Park. RELATED: Monroe to rename former Americana...
Butler Tech seeks $220K from the state for manufacturing lab improvements
 Butler Tech is asking $220,000 for new equipment as it seeks to renovate its adult manufacturing training programs in Hamilton. The initiative updates and expands two Precision Machining labs that serve the school’s students, according to the proposal Butler Tech sent to Ohio Reps. Wes Retherford, R-Hamilton, and George Lang, R-West...

Posted: a day ago

Butler Tech is asking $220,000 for new equipment as it seeks to renovate its adult manufacturing training programs in Hamilton. The initiative updates and expands two Precision Machining labs that serve the school’s students, according to the proposal Butler Tech sent to Ohio Reps. Wes Retherford, R-Hamilton, and George Lang, R-West...
Butler County’s state GOP committee members upset over Retherford endorsement process
 Butler County’s two Ohio GOP Central Committee members want to make sure it’s known they did not endorse Ohio Rep. Wes Retherford when the Ohio Republican Party voted recently. The party put up the slate of 46 Ohio House members up for endorsement, which all were endorsed by one vote, and because Retherford was on that list, Patti...

Posted: 4 days ago

Butler County’s two Ohio GOP Central Committee members want to make sure it’s known they did not endorse Ohio Rep. Wes Retherford when the Ohio Republican Party voted recently. The party put up the slate of 46 Ohio House members up for endorsement, which all were endorsed by one vote, and because Retherford was on that list, Patti...
Middletown’s airport could see millions in state funds. Here’s what the money would do.
 The Middletown Regional Airport could see a sizable investment of tax dollars if lawmakers approve two capital budget projects proposed for a Statehouse bill expected to be introduced by the month’s end. The city of Middletown, which owns the airport, is requesting $750,000 to invest in developing dozens of acres of prime airport property...

Posted: 5 days ago

The Middletown Regional Airport could see a sizable investment of tax dollars if lawmakers approve two capital budget projects proposed for a Statehouse bill expected to be introduced by the month’s end. The city of Middletown, which owns the airport, is requesting $750,000 to invest in developing dozens of acres of prime airport property...
Fairfield City Councilwoman leads the Butler-Warren Board of Realtors
 For the second time in her long realtor career, Debbie Pennington will lead an area Board of Realtors. Last month, Pennington was named president for the Butler-Warren Board of Realtors for 2018, a year after she was the organization’s president-elect. The two-county board was founded in January 2015 after it merged with the Middletown...

Posted: 5 days ago

For the second time in her long realtor career, Debbie Pennington will lead an area Board of Realtors. Last month, Pennington was named president for the Butler-Warren Board of Realtors for 2018, a year after she was the organization’s president-elect. The two-county board was founded in January 2015 after it merged with the Middletown...
Major local projects would benefit from $40M officials requested from the state
 Communities from all corners of Butler County have made capital budget requests from state lawmakers for projects that, in many cases, will attract new visitors to the region. Butler County Visitor’s Bureau Executive Director Mark Hecquet called it “exciting” to see all this activity because it’s “an indication...

Posted: 5 days ago

Communities from all corners of Butler County have made capital budget requests from state lawmakers for projects that, in many cases, will attract new visitors to the region. Butler County Visitor’s Bureau Executive Director Mark Hecquet called it “exciting” to see all this activity because it’s “an indication...
This Fairfield High School senior saw a need at her school and filled it. Find out why, and how.
 The mission of LoveWorks is to inspire others to pay kindness forward and to celebrate those within the community who do just that. Fairfield High School senior Madi Dunn is an inspiration in paying kindness forward to her fellow students, said Angie Kenworthy, the organization’s committee chair. So she wanted to honor Dunn on Valentine&rsquo...

Posted: 6 days ago

The mission of LoveWorks is to inspire others to pay kindness forward and to celebrate those within the community who do just that. Fairfield High School senior Madi Dunn is an inspiration in paying kindness forward to her fellow students, said Angie Kenworthy, the organization’s committee chair. So she wanted to honor Dunn on Valentine&rsquo...
What candidates for notable Butler County offices can do to win in May
 The May 8 primary will feature only a few contested races for offices, including two for GOP voters to decide this spring. And the winners of the 51st Ohio House District and Butler County Commission primary races will, respectively, face the Democratic Party’s candidates in November. Knocking on doors and social media are a given in...

Posted: 7 days ago

The May 8 primary will feature only a few contested races for offices, including two for GOP voters to decide this spring. And the winners of the 51st Ohio House District and Butler County Commission primary races will, respectively, face the Democratic Party’s candidates in November. Knocking on doors and social media are a given in...
Why some lawmakers want to allow trained paramedics to carry weapons
 If Ohio Gov. John Kasich signs House Bill 79, then paramedics and other medical professionals assigned to a SWAT team in Ohio can optionally carry a firearm after completing training and receiving authorization from a local law enforcement agency. Ohio Rep. Wes Retherford, R-Hamilton, has attempted to pass this legislation for the past...

Posted: 7 days ago

If Ohio Gov. John Kasich signs House Bill 79, then paramedics and other medical professionals assigned to a SWAT team in Ohio can optionally carry a firearm after completing training and receiving authorization from a local law enforcement agency. Ohio Rep. Wes Retherford, R-Hamilton, has attempted to pass this legislation for the past...
Fairfield wants to make this location a regional attraction. Now it’s asking for state funds to help.
 The City of Fairfield is asking the state for $100,000 to help it acquire a five-acre parcel next to Marsh Park that the city plans to develop into a regional attraction. The city has leased Marsh Park Fishing Lake from the aggregate mining company Martin Marietta since the late 1970s, and last year the company deeded over the remainder of...

Posted: 8 days ago

The City of Fairfield is asking the state for $100,000 to help it acquire a five-acre parcel next to Marsh Park that the city plans to develop into a regional attraction. The city has leased Marsh Park Fishing Lake from the aggregate mining company Martin Marietta since the late 1970s, and last year the company deeded over the remainder of...