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’s first full-time firefighter/paramedics on job
 Three firefighter/paramedics have started full-time service with the city’s fire department, marking a new high-water mark as the division moves further into professional operation. Two of the three have been in part-time positions prior to this year and were part of the first step toward a professional department five years ago. Three...

Posted: a day ago

Three firefighter/paramedics have started full-time service with the city’s fire department, marking a new high-water mark as the division moves further into professional operation. Two of the three have been in part-time positions prior to this year and were part of the first step toward a professional department five years ago. Three...
Oxford library, visitors bureau sharing information in unique way
 The newest sources of information in Oxford are getting some peculiar looks and some strange questions, but it’s all part of the effort to promote local events and businesses. The Enjoy Oxford Ambassador Bike has been parked in Uptown park on Saturday mornings, answering questions from local residents and visitors alike looking for...

Posted: 8 days ago

The newest sources of information in Oxford are getting some peculiar looks and some strange questions, but it’s all part of the effort to promote local events and businesses. The Enjoy Oxford Ambassador Bike has been parked in Uptown park on Saturday mornings, answering questions from local residents and visitors alike looking for...
Meet Miami University’s plant expert and his 650,000 plants
 A bumper sticker on a file cabinet in the Upham Hall office of Dr. Michael Vincent reads, “I Brake for Running Buffalo Clover.” Like many such bumper stickers, it is a fun way show an interest in a topic, but in Dr. Vincent’s case it is probably literally true and certainly points to a lifetime interest. “When we went...

Posted: 13 days ago

A bumper sticker on a file cabinet in the Upham Hall office of Dr. Michael Vincent reads, “I Brake for Running Buffalo Clover.” Like many such bumper stickers, it is a fun way show an interest in a topic, but in Dr. Vincent’s case it is probably literally true and certainly points to a lifetime interest. “When we went...
Not everyone happy with changes to busy Miami University intersection
 Road closings are common in Oxford during the summer as crews take advantage of the college city’s diminished population. But a project at Spring and Maple streets on the Miami University campus this summer may be the city’s most visible of recent years and with the longest-lasting effect. It was the subject of discussion at two...

Posted: 17 days ago

Road closings are common in Oxford during the summer as crews take advantage of the college city’s diminished population. But a project at Spring and Maple streets on the Miami University campus this summer may be the city’s most visible of recent years and with the longest-lasting effect. It was the subject of discussion at two...
Miami University president reflects on first year in Oxford
 Eleven months into his first year as president of Miami University, Gregory Crawford recently told the Oxford Rotary Club he is “almost through the firsts” and looking forward to his second year here. Crawford and his wife, Renata, tag-teamed a presentation at Rotary for a weekly club lunch talking about their impressions of Miami...

9:15 PM Thursday, Jun. 22, 2017

Eleven months into his first year as president of Miami University, Gregory Crawford recently told the Oxford Rotary Club he is “almost through the firsts” and looking forward to his second year here. Crawford and his wife, Renata, tag-teamed a presentation at Rotary for a weekly club lunch talking about their impressions of Miami...
Oxford OKs new tax district to pay for roadway
 Two points were emphasized when City Council approved Tax Increment Financing to pay for a roadway in the development off of South U.S. 27. The first is this is not the often-discussed connector to Ohio 73. The second is taxing entities, such as the Talawanda School District, will not benefit from the entire increased property value for 10...

8:21 PM Thursday, Jun. 08, 2017

Two points were emphasized when City Council approved Tax Increment Financing to pay for a roadway in the development off of South U.S. 27. The first is this is not the often-discussed connector to Ohio 73. The second is taxing entities, such as the Talawanda School District, will not benefit from the entire increased property value for 10...
80 exhibitors part of Arts and Crafts Fair in Oxford
 Memorial Day is often referred to as the unofficial start of summer and the season does not officially arrive until June 21, but for many around here, the first sign of summer is the Hueston Woods Arts and Crafts Fair. That happens next weekend, June 10 and 11, on the grounds of the Pioneer Farm on Brown Road, adjacent to the Hueston Woods...

5:52 PM Tuesday, Jun. 06, 2017

Memorial Day is often referred to as the unofficial start of summer and the season does not officially arrive until June 21, but for many around here, the first sign of summer is the Hueston Woods Arts and Crafts Fair. That happens next weekend, June 10 and 11, on the grounds of the Pioneer Farm on Brown Road, adjacent to the Hueston Woods...
Talawanda Schools considers 2 policies concerning class rank
 Expansion of college credit courses for high school students has led to concerns about use of those courses in determining class ranking at graduation time. Those concerns were raised last year and Talawanda staff members have studied various aspects of class ranking and other options. MORE: High school juniors headed toward ‘cliff&rsquo...

7:30 PM Monday, Jun. 05, 2017

Expansion of college credit courses for high school students has led to concerns about use of those courses in determining class ranking at graduation time. Those concerns were raised last year and Talawanda staff members have studied various aspects of class ranking and other options. MORE: High school juniors headed toward ‘cliff&rsquo...
Miami U. student, grad paddling 981 miles for suicide prevention
 It’s not the “lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer” kind of break for three college students. It’s more of a nearly 1,000-mile adventure for a trio paddling the entire length of the Ohio River in the name of suicide prevention. “At the end of the day, the purpose may not be interest in the canoe part of it, but they...

8:22 PM Friday, Jun. 02, 2017

It’s not the “lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer” kind of break for three college students. It’s more of a nearly 1,000-mile adventure for a trio paddling the entire length of the Ohio River in the name of suicide prevention. “At the end of the day, the purpose may not be interest in the canoe part of it, but they...
Oxford court may move or be shut down
 Area I Court in Oxford would be moved to Hamilton or abolished under a proposal by Buter 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 also has been raised by Gmoser, who informed city officials...

11:00 AM Saturday, May. 27, 2017

Area I Court in Oxford would be moved to Hamilton or abolished under a proposal by Buter 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 also has been raised by Gmoser, who informed city officials...
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...

8:01 PM Thursday, May. 25, 2017

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...