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Michael Cooper

Michael Cooper has worked at the News-Sun since 2002 and covers the city of Springfield for the Springfield News-Sun. He began as a sports desk clerk and was hired as a  full-time sports writer in 2005. In 2012, he began a new assignment as a city reporter. Cooper is a graduate of both Southeastern High School and Wilmington. He now lives in Springfield with wife, Carey. Cooper became interested in journalism from growing up and reading sports books. He fell in love with telling stories about interesting people.

Latest from Michael Cooper

Clark County residents want jobs, more activities
 Higher-paying manufacturing jobs, curbing the opioid epidemic and more activities for young people are all ways Clark County can improve in the future, residents said as part of several long-term planning meetings held this week. Connect Clark County — a local group working to update the county’s land use plan for the first time...

Posted: 22 hours ago

Higher-paying manufacturing jobs, curbing the opioid epidemic and more activities for young people are all ways Clark County can improve in the future, residents said as part of several long-term planning meetings held this week. Connect Clark County — a local group working to update the county’s land use plan for the first time...
Extra space to allow Springfield Soup Kitchen to serve more people
 A local credit union has donated a building to the Springfield Soup Kitchen, which will create more space for its facility on West Main Street where it serves meals to the needy. The IH Credit Union recently merged with the former Robbins and Myers Credit Union after the manufacturer went out of business. Robbins and Myers left the area last...

Posted: 4 days ago

A local credit union has donated a building to the Springfield Soup Kitchen, which will create more space for its facility on West Main Street where it serves meals to the needy. The IH Credit Union recently merged with the former Robbins and Myers Credit Union after the manufacturer went out of business. Robbins and Myers left the area last...
Clark County, Springfield ask where you want development to go
 Clark County residents will have a chance to share their vision for future development this week as as part of a $214,000 update to an 18-year-old land use plan. The Crossroads Comprehensive Plan — a long-term strategic vision used by the city and county as a road map for future transportation, housing and economic development projects...

Posted: 5 days ago

Clark County residents will have a chance to share their vision for future development this week as as part of a $214,000 update to an 18-year-old land use plan. The Crossroads Comprehensive Plan — a long-term strategic vision used by the city and county as a road map for future transportation, housing and economic development projects...
Clark County Fairgrounds moves forward with boat racing plans
 The Clark County Fairgrounds wants to move forward with its plan to host racing events at its 125-acre lake, which leaders say could draw thousands of tourists and millions of dollars in revenue to Springfield. The Springfield City Planning Board approved a re-zoning request this week to allow the 185-acre property on Laybourne Road to hold...

Posted: 8 days ago

The Clark County Fairgrounds wants to move forward with its plan to host racing events at its 125-acre lake, which leaders say could draw thousands of tourists and millions of dollars in revenue to Springfield. The Springfield City Planning Board approved a re-zoning request this week to allow the 185-acre property on Laybourne Road to hold...
Retailer files for bankruptcy, Upper Valley Mall store’s future unclear
 The Upper Valley Mall received a blow this week after MC Sports, a national retailer based in Michigan, filed for bankruptcy and said it will begin immediate liquidation sales at all stores. Company officials declined comment Wednesday afternoon and referred all questions to a news release. Officials at the Upper Valley Mall also didn&rsquo...

Posted: 9 days ago

The Upper Valley Mall received a blow this week after MC Sports, a national retailer based in Michigan, filed for bankruptcy and said it will begin immediate liquidation sales at all stores. Company officials declined comment Wednesday afternoon and referred all questions to a news release. Officials at the Upper Valley Mall also didn&rsquo...
Springfield hopes to save money on $250M plan to stop sewer overflows
 As a $23 million sewer project continues in Springfield, local and state environmental leaders are reviewing the city’s plan to determine what else must be done to eliminate overflows of raw sewage into area waterways. The city has already spent nearly $80 million on the federally mandated Combined Sewer Overflow project, designed to...

Posted: 10 days ago

As a $23 million sewer project continues in Springfield, local and state environmental leaders are reviewing the city’s plan to determine what else must be done to eliminate overflows of raw sewage into area waterways. The city has already spent nearly $80 million on the federally mandated Combined Sewer Overflow project, designed to...
Springfield leaders pledge support to Muslim and Sikh residents
 A proclamation of support for the Springfield Muslim and Sikh communities was presented by city commissioners on Tuesday night. “We are proud of our Muslim and Sikh brothers and sisters who are citizens of Springfield,” Mayor Warren Copeland said. “We’re glad you’re here and we’re grateful for what you...

Posted: 10 days ago

A proclamation of support for the Springfield Muslim and Sikh communities was presented by city commissioners on Tuesday night. “We are proud of our Muslim and Sikh brothers and sisters who are citizens of Springfield,” Mayor Warren Copeland said. “We’re glad you’re here and we’re grateful for what you...
Flu spreading but may be losing steam as Clark County cases drop
 Overall flu activity and the number of flu-related hospitalizations continued to rise for the entire Miami Valley last week but dropped in Clark County. At least four children have died from flu-related complications in Ohio, according to the state health department. A 7-year-old boy from Columbiana County near Cleveland was the latest victim...

Posted: 11 days ago

Overall flu activity and the number of flu-related hospitalizations continued to rise for the entire Miami Valley last week but dropped in Clark County. At least four children have died from flu-related complications in Ohio, according to the state health department. A 7-year-old boy from Columbiana County near Cleveland was the latest victim...
Four Springfield residents will vie for three commission seats
 Four Springfield residents — including two incumbents and two political newcomers — will vie for three seats on the city commission on the November ballot. The Clark County Board of Elections certified the ballots at Monday’s meeting – meaning incumbent commissioners Joyce Chilton and Dan Martin will compete against...

Posted: 11 days ago

Four Springfield residents — including two incumbents and two political newcomers — will vie for three seats on the city commission on the November ballot. The Clark County Board of Elections certified the ballots at Monday’s meeting – meaning incumbent commissioners Joyce Chilton and Dan Martin will compete against...
$24M Clark County barrel fill clean-up plan may move forward
 Local elected officials and community activists are now backing a new version of a clean-up plan at the Tremont City Barrel Fill site in northern Clark County. After years of arguing over whether an extensive, $56 million cleanup plan will do the job, support is growing locally for a new plan that would cost an estimated $24 million Community...

Posted: 12 days ago

Local elected officials and community activists are now backing a new version of a clean-up plan at the Tremont City Barrel Fill site in northern Clark County. After years of arguing over whether an extensive, $56 million cleanup plan will do the job, support is growing locally for a new plan that would cost an estimated $24 million Community...
Overdose epidemic spreads, strains Springfield first responders
 Veteran Springfield firefighter/paramedic Tristan Walker responded to a call on Feb. 3 to a familiar address on Perry Street — a young woman she’d revived from overdoses twice in December. Walker had advised her that she might not make it the next time — especially with nearby Fire Station No. 5 closing at the beginning...

Posted: 13 days ago

Veteran Springfield firefighter/paramedic Tristan Walker responded to a call on Feb. 3 to a familiar address on Perry Street — a young woman she’d revived from overdoses twice in December. Walker had advised her that she might not make it the next time — especially with nearby Fire Station No. 5 closing at the beginning...