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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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A program with a twist on bike sharing is coming to Butler County
 If you do not own a bike and sometimes think you might want to take one for a spin, your chance could come this spring as orange Spin bikes are introduced to the Miami campus and local community. It’s the culmination of a four-year process for three college seniors graduating this May with a dream to introduce bike sharing. Unlike some...

Posted: a day ago

If you do not own a bike and sometimes think you might want to take one for a spin, your chance could come this spring as orange Spin bikes are introduced to the Miami campus and local community. It’s the culmination of a four-year process for three college seniors graduating this May with a dream to introduce bike sharing. Unlike some...
These counterfeit bills police are seeing locally have a pretty obvious flaw, if you look closely
 Police in Oxford received two reports of counterfeit money being passed in local businesses within days of each other. The first report, made at 10:28 p.m. Feb. 7, involved a fake $100 bill, while the second, made at 4 a.m. Feb. 10, was a fake $20 bill The fake $100 bill was passed by an unknown while male at KDS Express on College Corner...

Posted: 4 days ago

Police in Oxford received two reports of counterfeit money being passed in local businesses within days of each other. The first report, made at 10:28 p.m. Feb. 7, involved a fake $100 bill, while the second, made at 4 a.m. Feb. 10, was a fake $20 bill The fake $100 bill was passed by an unknown while male at KDS Express on College Corner...
What one area city is doing to try to boost its little league
 Miami Little League is dipping into its past as well as trying something new this year as they prepare for start of play in April. The traditional Opening Day celebration will return after being abandoned following several years of being stopped by rainy weather. New this year will be a slight modification of the tee-ball ages in hopes of...

Posted: 9 days ago

Miami Little League is dipping into its past as well as trying something new this year as they prepare for start of play in April. The traditional Opening Day celebration will return after being abandoned following several years of being stopped by rainy weather. New this year will be a slight modification of the tee-ball ages in hopes of...
What a local United Way merger means for Oxford and Butler County
 Financial realities and staffing issues forced board members of the United Way of Oxford to take a hard look at overtures about a merger from the Butler County United Way in the past year, and the board voted unanimously recently to agree to the proposal. Last year was a tumultuous one for the United Way of Oxford, as the executive director...

Posted: 10 days ago

Financial realities and staffing issues forced board members of the United Way of Oxford to take a hard look at overtures about a merger from the Butler County United Way in the past year, and the board voted unanimously recently to agree to the proposal. Last year was a tumultuous one for the United Way of Oxford, as the executive director...
Did you know about these unique places to buy gifts and books in Oxford?
 Two long-time family-owned businesses were honored by the Chamber of Commerce as Businesses of the Year at the Red Bricks to Progress awards ceremony Jan. 18. The Apple Tree, opened in 1979, and DuBois Bookstore, which opened its Oxford location in 1945, were recognized as the Chamber’s Businesses of the Year for 2018. Watercolor drawings...

Posted: 17 days ago

Two long-time family-owned businesses were honored by the Chamber of Commerce as Businesses of the Year at the Red Bricks to Progress awards ceremony Jan. 18. The Apple Tree, opened in 1979, and DuBois Bookstore, which opened its Oxford location in 1945, were recognized as the Chamber’s Businesses of the Year for 2018. Watercolor drawings...
An area native was involved in a very unusual political recount that made national news
 Virginia’s highly publicized tied election race in which the winner was chosen by drawing a name involved a woman who grew up here. Shelly Simonds endured a roller-coaster post-election which saw her first lose by 10 votes then be declared the winner by one vote and then have a court declare one ambiguous vote in favor of her opponent...

Posted: 24 days ago

Virginia’s highly publicized tied election race in which the winner was chosen by drawing a name involved a woman who grew up here. Shelly Simonds endured a roller-coaster post-election which saw her first lose by 10 votes then be declared the winner by one vote and then have a court declare one ambiguous vote in favor of her opponent...
Haley, Millar honored in Oxford for organizing local efforts
 Organization is the underlying contribution for two men being honored in 2017 as Citizens of the Years in recognition of long-term contributions to life in this community. Both Jim Haley and Roger Millar have used their skills at organizing and coordinating the efforts of others in accomplishing things which make life nicer for everyone else...

12:00 AM Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017

Organization is the underlying contribution for two men being honored in 2017 as Citizens of the Years in recognition of long-term contributions to life in this community. Both Jim Haley and Roger Millar have used their skills at organizing and coordinating the efforts of others in accomplishing things which make life nicer for everyone else...
Murray, Hauser named Oxford Citizens of the Year
 Gifts in a season of giving are also being recognized for the past year, as two residents are being honored as Citizens of the Year, one for a gift of music and another for a gift for organization given to the community. Bruce Murray, Miami University professor and chair of the Department of Music, provided a free series of seven summer concerts...

12:00 AM Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017

Gifts in a season of giving are also being recognized for the past year, as two residents are being honored as Citizens of the Year, one for a gift of music and another for a gift for organization given to the community. Bruce Murray, Miami University professor and chair of the Department of Music, provided a free series of seven summer concerts...
Oxford Citizens of the Year and Years: Meet the winners
 Six community-minded residents were chosen as honorees as 2017 Citizen of the Year and Citizen of the Years. The annual recognition was begun in the early 1950s by then-editor of The Oxford Press Avis Cullen to recognize contributions to the community for either the year just ending or for long-term contributions. The Oxford Kiwanis Club...

12:00 AM Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017

Six community-minded residents were chosen as honorees as 2017 Citizen of the Year and Citizen of the Years. The annual recognition was begun in the early 1950s by then-editor of The Oxford Press Avis Cullen to recognize contributions to the community for either the year just ending or for long-term contributions. The Oxford Kiwanis Club...
Volunteering, working with kids lead to honors for Oxford women
 Volunteering on a variety of efforts to protect the natural environment for future generations and working with young children who will one day benefit from those efforts provide the focus for two women being honored this year as Citizens of the Years. The Years category recognizes long-term commitment to the community not limited to efforts...

12:00 AM Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017

Volunteering on a variety of efforts to protect the natural environment for future generations and working with young children who will one day benefit from those efforts provide the focus for two women being honored this year as Citizens of the Years. The Years category recognizes long-term commitment to the community not limited to efforts...
Talawanda superintendent to resign July 31: ‘It’s someone else’s turn’
 On a night when the Talawanda Board of Education said goodbye to a member leaving the board, they also approved the resignation request of the district’s superintendent. The board held its final meeting of 2017 on Dec. 18. It marked the end of 10 years’ service on the board by Lois Vollmer, who failed to win re-election last month...

7:00 PM Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017

On a night when the Talawanda Board of Education said goodbye to a member leaving the board, they also approved the resignation request of the district’s superintendent. The board held its final meeting of 2017 on Dec. 18. It marked the end of 10 years’ service on the board by Lois Vollmer, who failed to win re-election last month...