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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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High school arranges early graduation so mother with cancer can see twin daughters receive diplomas
 When twin sisters Morgan and Regan McVey graduate Thursday from Talawanda High School, it will actually be their second commencement ceremony. Earlier this year, the school provided a special moment for the seniors and their mother, who was diagnosed with cancer last fall. MORE: Talawanda graduate doing great work throughout Butler County...

Posted: 2 days ago

When twin sisters Morgan and Regan McVey graduate Thursday from Talawanda High School, it will actually be their second commencement ceremony. Earlier this year, the school provided a special moment for the seniors and their mother, who was diagnosed with cancer last fall. MORE: Talawanda graduate doing great work throughout Butler County...
Fire captain tracks alleged intoxicated driver
 A man is facing charges after an Oxford fire captain called police to report a possible hit and run. A police officer responded to Kelly Drive at 3:10 a.m. May 5 on a report of a possible vehicle crash in which a driver left the scene.  The report was made by a fire department captain who told the officer he heard a loud noise and saw...

Posted: 2 days ago

A man is facing charges after an Oxford fire captain called police to report a possible hit and run. A police officer responded to Kelly Drive at 3:10 a.m. May 5 on a report of a possible vehicle crash in which a driver left the scene.  The report was made by a fire department captain who told the officer he heard a loud noise and saw...
Fundraiser money stolen from home
 Officers responded to a residence in the 200 block of North Poplar Street at 10 a.m. May 8. A female resident there reported she had heard noises from the living room that she thought was her roommate but got no response when she called out. She went to the living room to find a window open and the blinds broken. She closed the window but...

Posted: 5 days ago

Officers responded to a residence in the 200 block of North Poplar Street at 10 a.m. May 8. A female resident there reported she had heard noises from the living room that she thought was her roommate but got no response when she called out. She went to the living room to find a window open and the blinds broken. She closed the window but...
New gateways to welcome Miami U., Oxford visitors
 Work is planned this summer on the construction of two gateways — one along US 27 south of the city and Patterson Avenue and another on Ohio 73. Oxford and Miami University have discussed some sort of gateway for some time. The brick, curved gateways will welcome visitors and feature both the Miami University and city logos, according...

Posted: 10 days ago

Work is planned this summer on the construction of two gateways — one along US 27 south of the city and Patterson Avenue and another on Ohio 73. Oxford and Miami University have discussed some sort of gateway for some time. The brick, curved gateways will welcome visitors and feature both the Miami University and city logos, according...
Changes planned for these Uptown Oxford roads aimed at keeping pedestrians safe
 Safety improvements are being proposed for streets around the Miami University campus.  Safety islands, increased lighting and traffic calming items will be built into some roadways to increase pedestrian safety. The university’s addition of pedestrian islands and safe havens for those crossing Patterson Avenue in the area of the...

Posted: 11 days ago

Safety improvements are being proposed for streets around the Miami University campus.  Safety islands, increased lighting and traffic calming items will be built into some roadways to increase pedestrian safety. The university’s addition of pedestrian islands and safe havens for those crossing Patterson Avenue in the area of the...
Oxford hit and run suspect caught after getting tangled in bushes
 The suspect in a hit and run literally did just that — until some brush in the woods got in his way, police said. A suspect ran from Oxford police after witnesses identified him as the driver who crashed a Nissan Sentra  into a legally-parked truck in the 600 block of South College Street, according to a police report. The suspect ran...

Posted: 13 days ago

The suspect in a hit and run literally did just that — until some brush in the woods got in his way, police said. A suspect ran from Oxford police after witnesses identified him as the driver who crashed a Nissan Sentra into a legally-parked truck in the 600 block of South College Street, according to a police report. The suspect ran...
Police K-9 tracks burglary suspect; arrest made near Oxford school
 A burglary suspect was arrested after being tracked by an Oxford police K-9. An Oxford police officer responding to a burglary-in-progress call at 1:25 a.m. April 28 arrived to see the alleged burglar through a kitchen window. The police officer said he recognized the suspect from numerous prior contacts and knew he did not live at the...

Posted: 18 days ago

A burglary suspect was arrested after being tracked by an Oxford police K-9. An Oxford police officer responding to a burglary-in-progress call at 1:25 a.m. April 28 arrived to see the alleged burglar through a kitchen window. The police officer said he recognized the suspect from numerous prior contacts and knew he did not live at the...
Talawanda sports complex to be named in honor of coach, principal
 The name Marvin Wilhelm has long been associated with Talawanda High School. The titles principal, teacher, assistant, substitute, volunteer, football clock operator, fan and others come to mind at the mention of his name, but one title is the first that is most often associated with him — coach. Plans are currently in the works to...

Posted: 18 days ago

The name Marvin Wilhelm has long been associated with Talawanda High School. The titles principal, teacher, assistant, substitute, volunteer, football clock operator, fan and others come to mind at the mention of his name, but one title is the first that is most often associated with him — coach. Plans are currently in the works to...
Oxford bar employees pin student they say tried to steal bottle of vodka
 Brick Street bar employees flagged down an officer at 4:01 p.m. April 28 as other employees were holding a man down on the ground in the patio area of the bar. The employees told police the man had gone around the back of the bar and taken a bottle of vodka. They said he was then told to leave and began fighting them. Bar personnel told police...

Posted: 19 days ago

Brick Street bar employees flagged down an officer at 4:01 p.m. April 28 as other employees were holding a man down on the ground in the patio area of the bar. The employees told police the man had gone around the back of the bar and taken a bottle of vodka. They said he was then told to leave and began fighting them. Bar personnel told police...
Oxford bank customer’s reaction to fraudulent check forces call to police
 A bank customer who apparently was the victim of a scam refused to accept that explanation and became upset at the bank manager who explained the $800 check he wanted to deposit was fraudulent. An officer responded to US Bank at 1 Lynn St. at 2 p.m. April 20 when the manager called to report the situation. The manager said the man had come...

Posted: 26 days ago

A bank customer who apparently was the victim of a scam refused to accept that explanation and became upset at the bank manager who explained the $800 check he wanted to deposit was fraudulent. An officer responded to US Bank at 1 Lynn St. at 2 p.m. April 20 when the manager called to report the situation. The manager said the man had come...
Son recalls another side of his mother, a Miami professor who traced corruption in Russia
 Karen Dawisha was an internationally-recognized authority and author on Russian politics and the first Walter E. Havighurst Professor of Political Science in the Department of Political Science at Miami University. To her son, Emile, she was mom. Karen Dawisha died April 11 of lung cancer, according to her family. She was 68. “I learned...

Posted: 28 days ago

Karen Dawisha was an internationally-recognized authority and author on Russian politics and the first Walter E. Havighurst Professor of Political Science in the Department of Political Science at Miami University. To her son, Emile, she was mom. Karen Dawisha died April 11 of lung cancer, according to her family. She was 68. “I learned...