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Michael D. Pitman

Michael D. Pitman covers political news in Butler County, as well as state and national issues that may have an impact on the community. In addition to his award-winning journalism skills, Pitman has developed into a reliable staff photographer. He also enjoys telling features about people, and the interesting lives they have led. He was born and raised in the Greater Cincinnati area. Pitman graduated from Wyoming High School and earned his B.A. from the College of Mount St. Joseph. He also has a Masters in Sport Administration from Xavier. He has a twin brother, an older brother and older sister. He lives on the Westside of Cincinnati with his wife, Christy, and daughters, Emma and Sophia. He's taken an interest in fiction writing. He is always trying to learn something new in his craft, and has a desire to be constantly learning new things.

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Local artistic roller skaters vying for spot in national tournament
 A team of local artistic roller skaters will head up to Michigan in a couple of weeks to see if they can qualify for a national tournament in Nebraska. Some on the Skatetown Artistic Team, which practices at Skatetown USA in West Chester Twp., have won and placed in the USA Roller Sports’ Roller Figure Skating Great Lakes Regional Championships...

Posted: 5 days ago

A team of local artistic roller skaters will head up to Michigan in a couple of weeks to see if they can qualify for a national tournament in Nebraska. Some on the Skatetown Artistic Team, which practices at Skatetown USA in West Chester Twp., have won and placed in the USA Roller Sports’ Roller Figure Skating Great Lakes Regional Championships...
Melynda Cook Howard becomes new Middletown Municipal Court judge
 Melynda Cook Howard became the next Middletown Municipal Court judge Friday afternoon among tears laughter and mindful remembrance for Middletown Municipal Court Judge Mark Wall, the man and mentor she succeeds. “ I want everyone to know that it doesn’t matter where you came from. It’s what you make of your life and how...

Posted: 5 days ago

Melynda Cook Howard became the next Middletown Municipal Court judge Friday afternoon among tears laughter and mindful remembrance for Middletown Municipal Court Judge Mark Wall, the man and mentor she succeeds. “ I want everyone to know that it doesn’t matter where you came from. It’s what you make of your life and how...
Plans started to fix one of Fairfield’s most congested areas
 Commuters along Interstate 275 and Winton Road navigated construction barrels and lane closures for about two years until that widening project wrapped in the summer of 2014. But one problem wasn’t solved: the afternoon traffic backups of southbound traffic along Winton Road and South Gilmore headed to westbound I-275. “Everything...

Posted: 5 days ago

Commuters along Interstate 275 and Winton Road navigated construction barrels and lane closures for about two years until that widening project wrapped in the summer of 2014. But one problem wasn’t solved: the afternoon traffic backups of southbound traffic along Winton Road and South Gilmore headed to westbound I-275. “Everything...
Fairfield Twp. police chief interviews could start next week
 Fairfield Twp. officials could begin interviewing candidates for police chief as early as next week. Trustees have decided that each would select up to six of the 15 candidates who applied and submit those names to the township administrator by 8 a.m. Monday. RELATED: 15 apply to be next Fairfield Twp. police chief The township administrator...

Posted: 6 days ago

Fairfield Twp. officials could begin interviewing candidates for police chief as early as next week. Trustees have decided that each would select up to six of the 15 candidates who applied and submit those names to the township administrator by 8 a.m. Monday. RELATED: 15 apply to be next Fairfield Twp. police chief The township administrator...
Fairfield to join Butler County blight-busting program
 The city of Fairfield is set to be the 14th Butler County jurisdiction to join the county’s land bank. City Council verbally agreed this past Monday to move forward with the process to join the Butler County Land Reutilization Corporation, commonly known as the county land bank. Council directed staff to prepare a memorandum of understanding...

Posted: 6 days ago

The city of Fairfield is set to be the 14th Butler County jurisdiction to join the county’s land bank. City Council verbally agreed this past Monday to move forward with the process to join the Butler County Land Reutilization Corporation, commonly known as the county land bank. Council directed staff to prepare a memorandum of understanding...
World War II veteran honored by Fairfield VFW
 The son of one of the founders of VFW Post 1069 was honored for his seven decades of service to the post and the community. Ray Conlin will be a 75-year member of VFW Post 1069 next year, but his fellow veterans honored him this month as a charter member of the post’s Cooties service group. He is also the son of William Conlin, a founder...

Posted: 7 days ago

The son of one of the founders of VFW Post 1069 was honored for his seven decades of service to the post and the community. Ray Conlin will be a 75-year member of VFW Post 1069 next year, but his fellow veterans honored him this month as a charter member of the post’s Cooties service group. He is also the son of William Conlin, a founder...
15 apply to be next Fairfield Twp. police chief
 Fifteen law enforcement officers — most of whom have been a police chief — have applied to be the next top cop with Fairfield Twp. The experience ranges from seven who at one point in their career held the title of police chief, one who is currently an acting police chief and another who was an assistant police chief. Six others...

Posted: 8 days ago

Fifteen law enforcement officers — most of whom have been a police chief — have applied to be the next top cop with Fairfield Twp. The experience ranges from seven who at one point in their career held the title of police chief, one who is currently an acting police chief and another who was an assistant police chief. Six others...
Husted announces statewide campaign operations
 Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted is the first gubernatorial candidate to publicly announce campaign operations in every county, which one political expert sees as a political “show of force.” The announcement, which will be officially made today, shows Husted as “a visible and now, official, presence across the entire...

Posted: 9 days ago

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted is the first gubernatorial candidate to publicly announce campaign operations in every county, which one political expert sees as a political “show of force.” The announcement, which will be officially made today, shows Husted as “a visible and now, official, presence across the entire...
Oxford amendments about police, fire, more rejected by elections board
 The Butler County Board of Elections has rejected a request by the city of Oxford to have a series of charter amendments on the November ballot. Why? It was too early. RELATED: Oxford OK’s new tax district for roadway “As my law director said, ‘in this case the early bird does not get the worm,” said Oxford City Manager...

Posted: 9 days ago

The Butler County Board of Elections has rejected a request by the city of Oxford to have a series of charter amendments on the November ballot. Why? It was too early. RELATED: Oxford OK’s new tax district for roadway “As my law director said, ‘in this case the early bird does not get the worm,” said Oxford City Manager...
Jobs, opioid crisis among the top issues in Ohio governor’s race
 Jobs, the opioid crisis and education are the top issues in the 2018 Ohio governor’s race, and one candidate says jobs can solve many of he problems this state has experienced. Former state lawmaker and a local attorney Connie Pillich said jobs “has got to be our focus,” which coupled with education needs to be improved...

Posted: 11 days ago

Jobs, the opioid crisis and education are the top issues in the 2018 Ohio governor’s race, and one candidate says jobs can solve many of he problems this state has experienced. Former state lawmaker and a local attorney Connie Pillich said jobs “has got to be our focus,” which coupled with education needs to be improved...
Joe Nuxhall’s MLB debut: 5 things to know on 73rd anniversary
 Seventy-three years ago today, a 6-foot-2 high school freshman from Hamilton rewrote Major League Baseball’s record books. On June 10, 1944, Joe Nuxhall — the eventual Reds Hall of Fame pitcher and announcer — made his MLB debut with the Cincinnati Reds at 15 years, 10 months and 12 days old against the St. Louis Cardinals...

Posted: 12 days ago

Seventy-three years ago today, a 6-foot-2 high school freshman from Hamilton rewrote Major League Baseball’s record books. On June 10, 1944, Joe Nuxhall — the eventual Reds Hall of Fame pitcher and announcer — made his MLB debut with the Cincinnati Reds at 15 years, 10 months and 12 days old against the St. Louis Cardinals...