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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.

Latest from Bob Ratterman

Oxford court may move or be shut down
 Area I Court in Oxford would be moved to Hamilton or abolished under a proposal by county prosecutor Michael Gmoser, which would force the city into a difficult decision about how and where to have cases tried. That issue still remains in the future, but a more immediate one has also been raised by Gmoser who informed city officials his staff...

Posted: 44 minutes ago

Area I Court in Oxford would be moved to Hamilton or abolished under a proposal by county prosecutor Michael Gmoser, which would force the city into a difficult decision about how and where to have cases tried. That issue still remains in the future, but a more immediate one has also been raised by Gmoser who informed city officials his staff...
Talawanda leans toward building new elementary
 Talawanda District leaders are turning their attention to another building project since the January opening of a new Kramer Elementary. Construction of a new Marshall Elementary — keeping the most recent addition of the gymnasium area — began to look like the most cost-effective option as the number of serious issues with the...

Posted: a day ago

Talawanda District leaders are turning their attention to another building project since the January opening of a new Kramer Elementary. Construction of a new Marshall Elementary — keeping the most recent addition of the gymnasium area — began to look like the most cost-effective option as the number of serious issues with the...
Talawanda/Butler Tech FFA looks back on successful year
 Much tradition goes into the annual FFA parent/member banquet and members showed off a continuing tradition of excellence at this year’s event. The Talawanda/Butler Tech chapter saluted members who were part of a highly successful year in 2016-17 and again showed why it is among the largest chapters in the state. RELATED: Talawanda...

Posted: a day ago

Much tradition goes into the annual FFA parent/member banquet and members showed off a continuing tradition of excellence at this year’s event. The Talawanda/Butler Tech chapter saluted members who were part of a highly successful year in 2016-17 and again showed why it is among the largest chapters in the state. RELATED: Talawanda...
Oxford Rotary Club awards over $22,000 in scholarships
 More than $22,000 in scholarships and program grant awards were distributed by the Oxford Rotary Club’s Hefner Fund in the past year and club members heard about them at an awards day presentation May 17. That total included $10,000 in college scholarships awarded to eight graduating Talawanda seniors, all of whom were present at the...

Posted: a day ago

More than $22,000 in scholarships and program grant awards were distributed by the Oxford Rotary Club’s Hefner Fund in the past year and club members heard about them at an awards day presentation May 17. That total included $10,000 in college scholarships awarded to eight graduating Talawanda seniors, all of whom were present at the...
Miami, Talawanda students team up against underage drinking
 Talawanda prom and Miami University’s graduation are two weekends traditionally with greater risk for underage drinking, prompting an effort to provide some Sticker Shock. Miami and Talawanda groups teamed up for both — along with several local businesses — to get the message out that providing alcohol to those underage...

Posted: a day ago

Talawanda prom and Miami University’s graduation are two weekends traditionally with greater risk for underage drinking, prompting an effort to provide some Sticker Shock. Miami and Talawanda groups teamed up for both — along with several local businesses — to get the message out that providing alcohol to those underage...
Talawanda Class of 2017 earns $5.5 million in scholarships
 Talawanda’s 2017 graduating class was described by Principal Tom York as a class “it will be tough to say goodbye to.” The 260 members of the class of 2017 will receive their diplomas in ceremonies Thursday at Millett Hall. With final exams still ahead of them this past week, the exact number of graduates was still uncertain...

Posted: 2 days ago

Talawanda’s 2017 graduating class was described by Principal Tom York as a class “it will be tough to say goodbye to.” The 260 members of the class of 2017 will receive their diplomas in ceremonies Thursday at Millett Hall. With final exams still ahead of them this past week, the exact number of graduates was still uncertain...
Talawanda grads win Peabody Award
 Two Talawanda High School graduates have earned a Peabody Award for a video that has generated millions of online views with its exposing look at the vicious harassment that can be directed at women sports reporters. Brad Burke and Gareth Hughes, both 1997 Talawanda graduates, are part of the podcast “Just Not Sports,” which aims...

Posted: 16 days ago

Two Talawanda High School graduates have earned a Peabody Award for a video that has generated millions of online views with its exposing look at the vicious harassment that can be directed at women sports reporters. Brad Burke and Gareth Hughes, both 1997 Talawanda graduates, are part of the podcast “Just Not Sports,” which aims...
Oxford food pantry planning new location, larger building
 The city and Oxford Community Choice Pantry are moving forward with plans to open a new pantry facility on city-owned property. City council has approved 7-0 a resolution allowing the city manager to proceed with a lease contract of city park property next to Miami Mobile Home Park for a new, 2,000-square-foot pantry building. That agreement...

Posted: 16 days ago

The city and Oxford Community Choice Pantry are moving forward with plans to open a new pantry facility on city-owned property. City council has approved 7-0 a resolution allowing the city manager to proceed with a lease contract of city park property next to Miami Mobile Home Park for a new, 2,000-square-foot pantry building. That agreement...
Walking tours offered in Oxford
 National Historic Preservation Month will again be observed in Oxford with a series of neighborhood walking tours each Saturday morning in May. Everyone is invited to take part in the guided tours which will include comments about the architecture of the homes in each neighborhood as well as historic significance of some of the homes on the...

Posted: 25 days ago

National Historic Preservation Month will again be observed in Oxford with a series of neighborhood walking tours each Saturday morning in May. Everyone is invited to take part in the guided tours which will include comments about the architecture of the homes in each neighborhood as well as historic significance of some of the homes on the...
Oxford Seniors director has big plans for retirement
 This week marks the end of Joan Potter-Sommer’s 18-year association with Oxford Seniors, with 10 of those years as director. Potter-Sommer joked that she plans to spend about six months “getting my energy back,” but also talked about the years in which she oversaw many changes at the senior center, not the least of which...

3:48 PM Wednesday, Apr. 26, 2017

This week marks the end of Joan Potter-Sommer’s 18-year association with Oxford Seniors, with 10 of those years as director. Potter-Sommer joked that she plans to spend about six months “getting my energy back,” but also talked about the years in which she oversaw many changes at the senior center, not the least of which...
Talawanda works to reassure parents after rash of bomb threats
 Three bomb threats at Talawanda High School last month raised concerns, so a presentation was made to the board of education outlining procedures in the district’s safety plan. Holli Morrish, the district’s director of communications and public relations, said parents were concerned after the three bomb threats and the district...

4:00 AM Saturday, Apr. 15, 2017

Three bomb threats at Talawanda High School last month raised concerns, so a presentation was made to the board of education outlining procedures in the district’s safety plan. Holli Morrish, the district’s director of communications and public relations, said parents were concerned after the three bomb threats and the district...