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.

Latest from Michael D. Pitman

Winter farmers market an alternative for Thanksgiving, Black Friday shopping
 The Winter Market at Village Green Farmers Market boasts locally produced food — from salsas, hummus and pickles to desserts to olive oils and winter squash — but also has a number of gift items, such as jewelry, candles, hand-crafted soaps and unique home decor. It’s where you can roll in last-day Thanksgiving Day and Black...

Posted: 15 hours ago

The Winter Market at Village Green Farmers Market boasts locally produced food — from salsas, hummus and pickles to desserts to olive oils and winter squash — but also has a number of gift items, such as jewelry, candles, hand-crafted soaps and unique home decor. It’s where you can roll in last-day Thanksgiving Day and Black...
Take a look at Butler County’s oasis of bipartisanship
 Democrats have not had much success getting elected to countywide seats in Butler County for the past two decades, but there are more than two dozen elected to local boards and councils. There is only one Democrat currently in a countywide office — Butler County Juvenile Court Judge Kathleen Romans — which is technically a non-partisan...

Posted: 3 days ago

Democrats have not had much success getting elected to countywide seats in Butler County for the past two decades, but there are more than two dozen elected to local boards and councils. There is only one Democrat currently in a countywide office — Butler County Juvenile Court Judge Kathleen Romans — which is technically a non-partisan...
Some Butler County votes won’t count after postmark issues
 More than 120 ballots have gone uncounted in Butler County elections this year because the United States Post Office did not stamp a post office mark on the envelopes received after Election Day. In fact, the post office didn’t include any type of marking on the 123 envelopes — 60 in the Nov. 7 election and 63 in the May 8 primary...

Posted: 3 days ago

More than 120 ballots have gone uncounted in Butler County elections this year because the United States Post Office did not stamp a post office mark on the envelopes received after Election Day. In fact, the post office didn’t include any type of marking on the 123 envelopes — 60 in the Nov. 7 election and 63 in the May 8 primary...
Fairfield city, township reach economic agreement
 The city of Fairfield and Fairfield Twp. have become economic partners in an alliance that could last up to 150 years. The city and township have agreed to a new joint economic development district contract to incorporate 23 acres of land in the township that is accessible by a city-owned road. Duke Realty is building an industrial park on...

Posted: 4 days ago

The city of Fairfield and Fairfield Twp. have become economic partners in an alliance that could last up to 150 years. The city and township have agreed to a new joint economic development district contract to incorporate 23 acres of land in the township that is accessible by a city-owned road. Duke Realty is building an industrial park on...
Firefighter union contract: City rejects recommendation on salary, benefits
 Fairfield City Council rejected a fact finder’s recommendation on proposed wage increases for two years of the firefighter union’s three-year contract. The fact finder suggested the city pay members of the International Association of Firefighters Local 4010 a 2.5 percent increase in 2018 (retroactive to April 1) and 2019. In...

Posted: 5 days ago

Fairfield City Council rejected a fact finder’s recommendation on proposed wage increases for two years of the firefighter union’s three-year contract. The fact finder suggested the city pay members of the International Association of Firefighters Local 4010 a 2.5 percent increase in 2018 (retroactive to April 1) and 2019. In...
This group of friends will once again feed Butler County’s needy
 Ed Bannon envisioned feeding those in need of his hometown, and thanks to his Butler County business-owning friends that vision will happen for the second consecutive year. On Sunday afternoon, a few hundred people in Butler County will break bread with Bannon and his friends at Strikes at Columbia Lanes. INITIAL STORY: Hamilton man, business...

Posted: 9 days ago

Ed Bannon envisioned feeding those in need of his hometown, and thanks to his Butler County business-owning friends that vision will happen for the second consecutive year. On Sunday afternoon, a few hundred people in Butler County will break bread with Bannon and his friends at Strikes at Columbia Lanes. INITIAL STORY: Hamilton man, business...
ELECTION ANALYSIS: If Butler County turns purple, it won’t be anytime soon
 The Blue Wave that hit many parts of the country Tuesday causing a flip of power in the U.S. House missed Butler County. But the waters didn’t exactly remain calm as Democratic leaders said they saw hope in Tuesday’s election that their party may soon start winning partisan races. “I think any look at our performance across...

Posted: 10 days ago

The Blue Wave that hit many parts of the country Tuesday causing a flip of power in the U.S. House missed Butler County. But the waters didn’t exactly remain calm as Democratic leaders said they saw hope in Tuesday’s election that their party may soon start winning partisan races. “I think any look at our performance across...
Fairfield Food Pantry’s new, larger location highlights growing need
 The Fairfield Food Pantry will show off its new Donald Drive home to the public on Friday, Nov. 16. And there’s enthusiasm among the staff, volunteers and board members, said Judy Dirksen, a co-founder of the pantry. “I can tell there’s a real excitement, a real upbeat feeling,” she said. MORE: Tribute to fallen Hamilton...

Posted: 11 days ago

The Fairfield Food Pantry will show off its new Donald Drive home to the public on Friday, Nov. 16. And there’s enthusiasm among the staff, volunteers and board members, said Judy Dirksen, a co-founder of the pantry. “I can tell there’s a real excitement, a real upbeat feeling,” she said. MORE: Tribute to fallen Hamilton...
Warren Davidson, Jim Jordan will return to Congress
 Congressmen Warren Davidson and Jim Jordan will return to the U.S. House in January, according to unofficial results of Tuesday’s election. Davidson, R-Troy, represents Springfield in the 4th District and won his election over Vanessa Enoch. The Republican was re-elected to his his second full term to the congressional seat. Jordan...

Posted: 12 days ago

Congressmen Warren Davidson and Jim Jordan will return to the U.S. House in January, according to unofficial results of Tuesday’s election. Davidson, R-Troy, represents Springfield in the 4th District and won his election over Vanessa Enoch. The Republican was re-elected to his his second full term to the congressional seat. Jordan...
NEW DETAILS: Butler County must count votes made via erroneous voter ID envelope
 The Butler County Board of Elections must count all mail-in ballots from voters who incorrectly filled out their ID envelope due to the error made by the board, according to the Ohio Secretary of State Office. The first 20,000 vote-by-mail ballots mailed to voters by the elections office contained a mistake on the voter ID envelope. The form...

Posted: 14 days ago

The Butler County Board of Elections must count all mail-in ballots from voters who incorrectly filled out their ID envelope due to the error made by the board, according to the Ohio Secretary of State Office. The first 20,000 vote-by-mail ballots mailed to voters by the elections office contained a mistake on the voter ID envelope. The form...
Just a placeholder? ‘Hell no,’ Butler County candidate says
 In the final throes of any election, rumors and scuttlebutt often blur the line between fact and fiction. Such shenanigans are nothing new in local campaigns, and the 2018 general election is proving to be no exception. Multiple sources from both parties have questioned if Ohio Statehouse Republican candidate Sara Carruthers, who is running...

Posted: 15 days ago

In the final throes of any election, rumors and scuttlebutt often blur the line between fact and fiction. Such shenanigans are nothing new in local campaigns, and the 2018 general election is proving to be no exception. Multiple sources from both parties have questioned if Ohio Statehouse Republican candidate Sara Carruthers, who is running...