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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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Mike Fox’s ‘simple’ choice: ‘I either lose this weight or I lose my life’
 Mike Fox said he should have died last month. He was admitted to McCullough-Hyde Hospital in Oxford on Dec. 2 after he collapsed in his home. He was in hospitals, both McCullough-Hyde and Bethesda North in Hamilton County, until Dec. 18, and he doesn’t remember most of that time. While he was in the hospital, he said his heart &ldquo...

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Mike Fox said he should have died last month. He was admitted to McCullough-Hyde Hospital in Oxford on Dec. 2 after he collapsed in his home. He was in hospitals, both McCullough-Hyde and Bethesda North in Hamilton County, until Dec. 18, and he doesn’t remember most of that time. While he was in the hospital, he said his heart &ldquo...
An interchange opened explosive growth in Liberty Twp. Here’s how.
 Liberty Twp. could be on its way to doubling in size, and the Liberty Way interchange will play a major role in that growth. The interchange, which opened in 2009, helped to open up land for development that saw the Liberty Center create a 100-acre development just two years ago. Then earlier this month, The Christ Hospital Health Network...

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Liberty Twp. could be on its way to doubling in size, and the Liberty Way interchange will play a major role in that growth. The interchange, which opened in 2009, helped to open up land for development that saw the Liberty Center create a 100-acre development just two years ago. Then earlier this month, The Christ Hospital Health Network...
It was a wild week in Ohio statewide politics. Here’s what happened.
 Big decisions announced this past week made the second week of 2018 the political equivalent of professional golf’s “moving day,” or in this case moving week. The first week of the year has seen multiple big news announcements — Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel dropping from the Senate race, Democratic Ohio Sen. Joe Schiavoni...

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Big decisions announced this past week made the second week of 2018 the political equivalent of professional golf’s “moving day,” or in this case moving week. The first week of the year has seen multiple big news announcements — Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel dropping from the Senate race, Democratic Ohio Sen. Joe Schiavoni...
5 things to know about the Hamilton-connected businessman running for lieutenant governor
 Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor formally introduced Hamilton businessman Nathan Estruth as her running mate in her bid for Ohio governor. Estruth, 50, was one month from celebrating 27 years with Procter & Gamble when he chose to retire Wednesday from the Cincinnati-based corporation. He was the CEO of P&G subsidiary iMFLUX, an injection molding technology...

Posted: 5 days ago

Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor formally introduced Hamilton businessman Nathan Estruth as her running mate in her bid for Ohio governor. Estruth, 50, was one month from celebrating 27 years with Procter & Gamble when he chose to retire Wednesday from the Cincinnati-based corporation. He was the CEO of P&G subsidiary iMFLUX, an injection molding technology...
Taylor names Hamilton businessman as running mate in governor race
 Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor announced Wednesday that Hamilton businessman Nathan Estruth will join her gubernatorial campaign as candidate for lieutenant governor. Estruth, 50, retired Wednesday morning from his position as CEO of iMFLUX, a Procter & Gamble subsidiary, to join the campaign, an act that Taylor called “a big sacrifice.&rdquo...

Posted: 6 days ago

Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor announced Wednesday that Hamilton businessman Nathan Estruth will join her gubernatorial campaign as candidate for lieutenant governor. Estruth, 50, retired Wednesday morning from his position as CEO of iMFLUX, a Procter & Gamble subsidiary, to join the campaign, an act that Taylor called “a big sacrifice.&rdquo...
Ohio Rep. Retherford talks about a life-changing moment: ‘I haven’t had a drink since that night’
 Ohio Rep. Wes Retherford said he hasn’t had a touch of alcohol since his March 12, 2017 OVI arrest, when he was found in the early morning hours passed out in his pickup truck parked idling in a fast-food drive-thru lane. Retherford, 33, has been on the campaign trail in his bid for re-election to a possible fourth, and final, term...

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Ohio Rep. Wes Retherford said he hasn’t had a touch of alcohol since his March 12, 2017 OVI arrest, when he was found in the early morning hours passed out in his pickup truck parked idling in a fast-food drive-thru lane. Retherford, 33, has been on the campaign trail in his bid for re-election to a possible fourth, and final, term...
What local officials are doing different in 2018 to battle opioids
 After a year of record-setting deaths and pain caused throughout the community by opioids, public agencies are starting 2018 with new tactics and teams to improve their efforts on overdoses. The problem is stark. More than 80 percent of the 204 fatal overdose cases handled by the Butler County Coroner’s Office through the start of November...

Posted: 9 days ago

After a year of record-setting deaths and pain caused throughout the community by opioids, public agencies are starting 2018 with new tactics and teams to improve their efforts on overdoses. The problem is stark. More than 80 percent of the 204 fatal overdose cases handled by the Butler County Coroner’s Office through the start of November...
What does 2018 hold for the political races of Butler County?
 History is on the side of the Republicans in Butler County for this year’s Statehouse and countywide elections, but Democrats will aim to change that. Any Democrat, Republican or Green Party member must file to run in the May 8 primary. Winners of the primary will advance to November’s general election. The filing deadline for...

Posted: 10 days ago

History is on the side of the Republicans in Butler County for this year’s Statehouse and countywide elections, but Democrats will aim to change that. Any Democrat, Republican or Green Party member must file to run in the May 8 primary. Winners of the primary will advance to November’s general election. The filing deadline for...
5 things to know about Miami University’s unique role in the Civil Rights movement
 If President Trump signs the African American Civil Rights Network Act, which received unanimous congressional support, Miami University’s story in Freedom Summer in the 1960s will likely have a bigger stage for future generations. The act would establish a National Park Service program to educate the public and provide technical assistance...

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If President Trump signs the African American Civil Rights Network Act, which received unanimous congressional support, Miami University’s story in Freedom Summer in the 1960s will likely have a bigger stage for future generations. The act would establish a National Park Service program to educate the public and provide technical assistance...
A Fairfield goal for 2018: Add a new dog park to well-known Black Bottom
 Marsh Park Lake will be a main focus for Fairfield in the coming year and beyond. The goal is to transform Marsh Park — which today is a 30-acre fishing lake and walking/biking trail — into a 170-acre crown jewel in the city’s park system. Eventually, the Park will become an L-shaped park with three lakes, extending...

Posted: 14 days ago

Marsh Park Lake will be a main focus for Fairfield in the coming year and beyond. The goal is to transform Marsh Park — which today is a 30-acre fishing lake and walking/biking trail — into a 170-acre crown jewel in the city’s park system. Eventually, the Park will become an L-shaped park with three lakes, extending...