Bob Ratterman

Bob Ratterman grew up in Cincinnati and graduated from Miami University in 1971. He has worked at the The Oxford Press since that time as a reporter covering city, Talawanda school board, Miami University and sports news and was named editor in 1989.

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Miami University hiking event benefits service animals
 Butler County residents and their four-legged friends are encouraged to “take a hike” this weekend as part of Miami University’s annual Hike-A-Thon. In its 11th year, the event not only offers a chance to experience Miami University Natural Areas, but also to raise funds for 4 Paws for Ability, an organization that provides...

Posted: a day ago

Butler County residents and their four-legged friends are encouraged to “take a hike” this weekend as part of Miami University’s annual Hike-A-Thon. In its 11th year, the event not only offers a chance to experience Miami University Natural Areas, but also to raise funds for 4 Paws for Ability, an organization that provides...
Oxford Seniors, Miami University sign new partnership agreement
 It was a double cause for celebration for Oxford Seniors on Monday when they kicked off the 29th annual Masters Games with a breakfast and also witnessed the signing of a new partnership agreement with Miami University. The new contract renews a formal partnership which has been in place since 2009, but actually goes back much farther than...

Posted: 6 days ago

It was a double cause for celebration for Oxford Seniors on Monday when they kicked off the 29th annual Masters Games with a breakfast and also witnessed the signing of a new partnership agreement with Miami University. The new contract renews a formal partnership which has been in place since 2009, but actually goes back much farther than...
Walking Tour in Oxford to offer more historical insights
 One of the local “things to do” has been expanded to offer more historical insights into the community. A new version of the “Walking Tour of the Uptown Oxford Historic District” booklet is now available from the Smith Library of Regional History at 441 S. Locust Street and at EnjoyOxford! at 14 W. Park Place. The...

Posted: 7 days ago

One of the local “things to do” has been expanded to offer more historical insights into the community. A new version of the “Walking Tour of the Uptown Oxford Historic District” booklet is now available from the Smith Library of Regional History at 441 S. Locust Street and at EnjoyOxford! at 14 W. Park Place. The...
Not In Our Town: Miami University, Oxford take stand against hate
 Community and university took a joint stand against hatred and bigotry with the kickoff of the Not In Our Town initiative in Oxford. Oxford Mayor Kate Rousmaniere, along with Miami University President Gregory Crawford and his wife, Renate, shared the reading of the pledge during the Community Picnic on Aug. 31 and encouraged everyone to...

Posted: 14 days ago

Community and university took a joint stand against hatred and bigotry with the kickoff of the Not In Our Town initiative in Oxford. Oxford Mayor Kate Rousmaniere, along with Miami University President Gregory Crawford and his wife, Renate, shared the reading of the pledge during the Community Picnic on Aug. 31 and encouraged everyone to...
National expert to study pedestrian safety in Oxford
 Efforts to get residents more active and outside moving around must also include making the sidewalks and roadways safer for all that activity. A nationally-known professional is being brought to Oxford this month to help identify problems. “Building a Healthier Community by Design” is the theme for a three-day visit by Mark Fenton...

Posted: 17 days ago

Efforts to get residents more active and outside moving around must also include making the sidewalks and roadways safer for all that activity. A nationally-known professional is being brought to Oxford this month to help identify problems. “Building a Healthier Community by Design” is the theme for a three-day visit by Mark Fenton...
Oxford’s newest drug-fighting tool — K9 Roscoe — hits the streets
 With months of training behind him, Roscoe the German Shepherd is now on duty as Oxford’s newest police K9. “He’s a locating tool,” said Oxford Police Officer Matt Hardin, who is Roscoe’s handler. “He’s getting work. … narcotics work, so far.” MORE: Police dogs often do what officers...

Posted: 25 days ago

With months of training behind him, Roscoe the German Shepherd is now on duty as Oxford’s newest police K9. “He’s a locating tool,” said Oxford Police Officer Matt Hardin, who is Roscoe’s handler. “He’s getting work. … narcotics work, so far.” MORE: Police dogs often do what officers...
Squatters caught after empty liquor bottles found in Oxford apartment
 A report of homeless people possibly staying in a vacant apartment in the 100 block of East High Street brought police to the scene shortly past 11 p.m. Aug. 20. The responding officer walked into the adjacent alley and saw a male later identified as David Desavino, 20, running out of a side door of the apartments. He was shirtless and carrying...

Posted: 25 days ago

A report of homeless people possibly staying in a vacant apartment in the 100 block of East High Street brought police to the scene shortly past 11 p.m. Aug. 20. The responding officer walked into the adjacent alley and saw a male later identified as David Desavino, 20, running out of a side door of the apartments. He was shirtless and carrying...
Woman tries to fight off purse snatcher in Oxford parking lot
 A woman tried to fight off an alleged purse snatcher during an incident that occurred in the Oxford Kroger parking lot. While loading groceries into the trunk of her car at about 1 p.m. Aug. 17, a vehicle abruptly stopped behind her and a woman leaned out of the backseat to grab the victim’s purse, which was in the grocery cart. The...

Posted: 26 days ago

A woman tried to fight off an alleged purse snatcher during an incident that occurred in the Oxford Kroger parking lot. While loading groceries into the trunk of her car at about 1 p.m. Aug. 17, a vehicle abruptly stopped behind her and a woman leaned out of the backseat to grab the victim’s purse, which was in the grocery cart. The...
Hueston Woods Lodge celebrates 50 years
 Hueston Woods Lodge is marking 50 years of operation this summer with a party Sunday, Aug. 27. The lodge opened July 8, 1967. “We are little behind on the opening date,” admitted Susan Chapin, the lodge’s sales and catering manager. But, she said, “We’re excited to showcase our facility.” MORE: Renovations...

2:00 PM Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017

Hueston Woods Lodge is marking 50 years of operation this summer with a party Sunday, Aug. 27. The lodge opened July 8, 1967. “We are little behind on the opening date,” admitted Susan Chapin, the lodge’s sales and catering manager. But, she said, “We’re excited to showcase our facility.” MORE: Renovations...
Talawanda Schools: 5 things to know for back to school
 Here are 5 things to know as Talawanda Local Schools starts a new school year Wednesday, Aug. 16: 1. Mark these important upcoming dates:
            
               Wednesday, Aug. 16: First day of school
               Friday, Sept. 1: First home football game, Badin at Talawanda, 7 p.m. at Talawanda High School, 5301 University Park Blvd...

12:00 AM Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017

Here are 5 things to know as Talawanda Local Schools starts a new school year Wednesday, Aug. 16: 1. Mark these important upcoming dates: Wednesday, Aug. 16: First day of school Friday, Sept. 1: First home football game, Badin at Talawanda, 7 p.m. at Talawanda High School, 5301 University Park Blvd...
Completion of Oxford bike trail’s first phase generates momentum
 A recent sunny Sunday afternoon found the Sparks family out on the new portion of the Oxford recreational trail that will eventually encircle the city. “We did not know about the trail. We did the Loveland Bike Trail yesterday. We live in Oxford and we know people who tried (Oxford’s trail) out and really liked it,” Megan...

10:00 PM Saturday, Aug. 05, 2017

A recent sunny Sunday afternoon found the Sparks family out on the new portion of the Oxford recreational trail that will eventually encircle the city. “We did not know about the trail. We did the Loveland Bike Trail yesterday. We live in Oxford and we know people who tried (Oxford’s trail) out and really liked it,” Megan...