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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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Longtime Oxford pediatrician, hospital leader retires
 When Dr. Ellen Buerk opened her pediatric medical practice here in 1977, she was one of only two female doctors with practices in Butler County. Now retiring after nearly 40 years, Buerk has left a mark not only on Oxford, but throughout the country because of her work promoting legislation to screen for deafness at birth. “Being able...

Posted: 10 days ago

When Dr. Ellen Buerk opened her pediatric medical practice here in 1977, she was one of only two female doctors with practices in Butler County. Now retiring after nearly 40 years, Buerk has left a mark not only on Oxford, but throughout the country because of her work promoting legislation to screen for deafness at birth. “Being able...
Oxford, Miami U. pledge $350k each to build Amtrak station
 Commitments of $350,000 each from the city and Miami University toward construction of an Amtrak platform have made getting a rail stop here another giant step closer to reality. City Council voted Jan. 3 to approve a resolution in support of the project and to commit up to that amount and the university followed with a similar letter of...

Posted: 16 days ago

Commitments of $350,000 each from the city and Miami University toward construction of an Amtrak platform have made getting a rail stop here another giant step closer to reality. City Council voted Jan. 3 to approve a resolution in support of the project and to commit up to that amount and the university followed with a similar letter of...
Oxford Cemetery adds more burial sites
 Oxford Cemetery has expanded by adding more burial sites, including many for families, which had been previously unavailable. The cemetery’s board of directors decided last year to expand the cemetery, and now there are 224 new grave sites available. “We found we had no gravesites for families. If you came in and wanted five or...

Posted: 17 days ago

Oxford Cemetery has expanded by adding more burial sites, including many for families, which had been previously unavailable. The cemetery’s board of directors decided last year to expand the cemetery, and now there are 224 new grave sites available. “We found we had no gravesites for families. If you came in and wanted five or...
Oxford commits to funds, support for Amtrak stop
 UPDATE, Jan. 3: Oxford City Council voted 6-0 Tuesday — with one member absent from the meeting — to approve the resolution to support a planned Amtrak stop in the city. Oxford will commit $350,000 to construction of the platform. Miami Senior Vice President for Finance and Business Services sent a letter to the mayor on Wednesday...

Posted: 27 days ago

UPDATE, Jan. 3: Oxford City Council voted 6-0 Tuesday — with one member absent from the meeting — to approve the resolution to support a planned Amtrak stop in the city. Oxford will commit $350,000 to construction of the platform. Miami Senior Vice President for Finance and Business Services sent a letter to the mayor on Wednesday...
How Oxford’s new recreational trail could impact businesses
 A recreational trail encircling Oxford has been a dream of many in the community for a long time and with a part of it now about to be built, City Council heard a report of feasibility and cost estimates at its Dec. 6 meeting for more sections of it. The presentation was made by Miami University graduate Michelle Johnson, who now works for...

4:50 PM Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016

A recreational trail encircling Oxford has been a dream of many in the community for a long time and with a part of it now about to be built, City Council heard a report of feasibility and cost estimates at its Dec. 6 meeting for more sections of it. The presentation was made by Miami University graduate Michelle Johnson, who now works for...
Oxford man a popular Butler County Santa
 His beard is real. He can explain how reindeer fly. He even has a Sleigh Driver’s license and credit cards from the First Elves Bank and the North Pole Bank. He’s Scott Shriver, a retired Talawanda Middle School teacher, whose experience with children, sense of humor and caring nature have made him a popular Santa in several Butler...

5:00 AM Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016

His beard is real. He can explain how reindeer fly. He even has a Sleigh Driver’s license and credit cards from the First Elves Bank and the North Pole Bank. He’s Scott Shriver, a retired Talawanda Middle School teacher, whose experience with children, sense of humor and caring nature have made him a popular Santa in several Butler...
Winter break moving time for Kramer staff
 Winter break for Talawanda Local Schools will be moving week for many teachers and staff members. The Oxford school district received the keys to its new Kramer Elementary building on Dec. 9, with construction work “substantially complete,” according to Treasurer Mike Davis. While the first day for students at the new school won&rsquo...

5:00 AM Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016

Winter break for Talawanda Local Schools will be moving week for many teachers and staff members. The Oxford school district received the keys to its new Kramer Elementary building on Dec. 9, with construction work “substantially complete,” according to Treasurer Mike Davis. While the first day for students at the new school won&rsquo...
Butler County family is Ohio’s Musical Family of the Year
 One local family hit a high note this year when they were honored as the Musical Family of the Year by the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs and three generations accepted the invitation to perform a 30-minute program. Their varied music program was designed to show the versatility of the five performers with six instruments and vocals but the...

5:00 AM Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016

One local family hit a high note this year when they were honored as the Musical Family of the Year by the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs and three generations accepted the invitation to perform a 30-minute program. Their varied music program was designed to show the versatility of the five performers with six instruments and vocals but the...
Oxford affirms stand on discrimination
 A proclamation affirming the city’s position on civil rights was read by Mayor Kate Rousmaniere at Tuesday’s City Council meeting in response to fears of harassment and bullying being expressed around the country. Ten people spoke at Council’s Nov. 15 meeting about fears of residents being mistreated by others, some with...

2:41 PM Thursday, Dec. 08, 2016

A proclamation affirming the city’s position on civil rights was read by Mayor Kate Rousmaniere at Tuesday’s City Council meeting in response to fears of harassment and bullying being expressed around the country. Ten people spoke at Council’s Nov. 15 meeting about fears of residents being mistreated by others, some with...
Residents want Oxford to take official stand on discrimination
 Fears of bullying and harassment were brought before City Council by residents seeking an official city stand against discriminatory treatment of minority residents. Council members listened to comments from nearly a dozen people at their Nov. 15 meeting. Mayor Kate Rousmaniere expressed solidarity with those feeling a potential threat in...

3:43 PM Monday, Nov. 21, 2016

Fears of bullying and harassment were brought before City Council by residents seeking an official city stand against discriminatory treatment of minority residents. Council members listened to comments from nearly a dozen people at their Nov. 15 meeting. Mayor Kate Rousmaniere expressed solidarity with those feeling a potential threat in...
Miami University plans new memorial as tribute to veterans
 Miami University plans to install a new veterans memorial in Oxford by next year’s Veterans Day observance. Evan C. Lichtenstein, senior director of development for the College of Arts and Sciences, said the idea of the Veterans Tribute has been in the works for a year-and-a-half, starting as a memorial, but turning into a tribute to...

5:00 PM Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016

Miami University plans to install a new veterans memorial in Oxford by next year’s Veterans Day observance. Evan C. Lichtenstein, senior director of development for the College of Arts and Sciences, said the idea of the Veterans Tribute has been in the works for a year-and-a-half, starting as a memorial, but turning into a tribute to...